Taylor Swift - Teardrops On My Guitar

November 15, 2011 Critic Jonni 0 Comments

Taylor Swift, is now a world-wide star. She is a country/pop singer and has totally given charts across the world the chance to include country. Especially in the UK, the genre has more or less died out rarely managing to get a chart hit. But Taylor Swift has changed all that proving that country singers can make it over here. It's taken some time for various other American country singers to try, but try they have and are getting chart hits here and there, Lady Antebellum and Sugarland are the few I know that have tried and charted quite high, and that's just off the top of my head, if I were to look closely I bet I could name a few more. However Taylor Swift's two most recent singles, haven't made the chart at all, but what is the reason for this? She had a sold-out UK tour back in March/April. So why isn't she making it? Personally I think it's because there isn't enough promotion, and it is usually difficult to find out when the singles are officially released, and by the time it is, no one knows it was released, therefore managing to get a low charting position is an achievement.

I have to admit, I did go to the live tour. This song wasn't sung, which is a little disappointing, but it was the Speak Now tour, and artists rarely sing past songs unless it is a chart topper. Unfortunately this song only got to number 51, which isn't too bad as it was her third single in the UK, and I don't think it was promoted much (if at all). This song probably means a lot to people, it means a lot to me too, and to be honest I bet everyone, once in a while, has been in the same situation and so you can definitely empathise with this song. If you have not, comment below and I'll be surprised, but to be honest Taylor Swift sings with so much emotion that it's not hard to at least sympathise with her. The song was written by Taylor Swift herself along with Liz Rose, who has worked with Taylor Swift a number of times, collecting awards for her songwriting. She has written a few songs that were released by other artists, but Taylor Swift is the most prominent artist. I like Taylor Swift's songs because she writes from her heart, and she feels confident enough to express those emotions, such as this song displays because she uses his first name "Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't see". I think it's clever and quite interesting that she was confident to include his real name. The song is based on her friendship she had with Drew Hardwick while they went to the same school. He had a strong lasting relationship with the girl he used to talk about to Taylor Swift, and Taylor Swift never told him how she really felt. So she has done it in song. Taylor Swift, comes up with so many ideas on writing a song, that it is really interesting reading the background of some of the stories, and sometimes it happens to everyone, and that's why people relate to her really well.

I really like this music video, if you haven't already noticed this is definitely my favourite song she has ever released, because it is so emotional. And here comes the typical Taylor Swift music video, and I wouldn't have it any other way. There's an amazing narrative, but there is also a performance of sorts, that links in with the song and the story, so it is really clever.

The storyline is pretty much how I could imagine it going with Taylor Swift and Drew Hardwick. They are best of friends, and at the very start, Drew asks: "Hey, are you gonna go to the game on Friday?" and Swift lightens up with a smile and says: "Well, I don't know. I was thinking about it. Why?", possibly hoping that he was asking her. But he tells her that he was just curious and that he's met this girl he really likes. We then see other clips such as when they are in the library and Drew is making her laugh, and in the chemistry lab and she accidentally puts too much of one substance into another and it bubbles over, and they both hurry to clean it up. Then the last bit they are walking along the corridor and they are both smiling, but Drew ignores her totally (which in my opinion is a little rude), and then kisses his girlfriend in the hallway. This is such a typical narrative, and I like how well it is portrayed as Taylor Swift is a good actor and this proves it.

The performance side of things is amazing. It's subtle but emotive, and that's what is key, especially since it is a performance in her "bedroom" and there is no audience. She is wearing an aquamarine dress, which is perfect as it suggests the tears that is pouring out of her. I like how she is lying by her guitar as well, and when that tear escapes, it shows how much this song means to her.

This video has had a lot of comments, and a lot of people expressing their opinions. And to be honest I am not sure what side I am on. Some think that if you are in that sort of situation you should tell him/her, otherwise you'll regret it for the rest of your life. In this case I sort of see why people will think that, at least you know you've tried and they may like you back just as much and isn't that at least worth the risk to finally find out? But there is a problem with that, if he/she likes you as much as you like them, then why haven't they said anything. The other thing people are saying is that you keep it to yourself, and your friendship should stay strong, if it's meant to be then he/she will come out and say it. If they don't like you the same way, then telling them would wreck any friendship you have, and somethings better than nothing right? It kind of reminds me of my favourite verse from Paramore's "Crush Crush Crush": "If you want to play it like a game, well come on come on let's play, cuz I'd rather waste my life pretending, than having to forget you for one whole minute". This lyric is my inspiration, and links in perfectly with this song.

Overall I love this song, it's so capturing and emotive and relates to a lot of different people (not just me). But it's music video works amazingly, it links, it suits the song, and I can't really fault it. For those of you who are interested, the person in the music video who plays Drew is Tyler Hilton. This music video definitely deserves this rating, and I hope you all agree that it does.
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