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Music Prompt #10: “Red” by Taylor Swift #amwriting #musicchallenge #music

Today I have one of my favorite songs by Taylor Swift “Red” from my favorite album of hers also called Red. In my opinion, her follow up album, 1989, wasn’t as nearly as good as Red or her previous albums. Sadly, she got rid of her guitar, more in depth and relatable lyrics, and her country roots. 

I’m crossing my fingers that her new album, released soon, is better than 1989 and shows her talent as a singer in many genres such as country or country pop; as well as, having pop music pieces. Swift’s newest single from her upcoming album is called “Look What You Made Me Do.” The new album is called Reputation and is Swift’s first album in three years. 


Credit: Variety.com


Taylor Alison Swift was born December 13, 1989 and is an American singer-songwriter. She’s one of the leading contemporary recording artists and known for her narrative songs about her personal life, which has received widespread media coverage.

“Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the label Big Machine Records and became the youngest artist ever signed by the Sony/ATV Music.” 

As well, Swift’s “third single, ‘Our Song,'” from her first album, “made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. Her secon album, Fearless, released in 2008″ also won “four Grammy Awards” and Swift became the “youngest Album of the Year winner.” 
In “addition, Swift was the sole writer of her 2010 album, Speak Now. It debuted at number one in the U.S. and the single “Mean” won two Grammy Awards. Her fourth album, Red (2012), yielded many successful singles including” “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Treacherous,” “Comeback, Be Here,” and “This is the Last Time.” 

Finally, Swift’s “fifth album” was the “pop-focused” album 1989 (2014) and included songs such as “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, and “Bad Blood” reached number one in the U.S.,  Australia, and Canada. The album received three Grammy Awards, and Swift became the first woman, and fifth act overall, to win Album of the Year twice. Here’s hoping album number six is as good as many of Swift’s more traditional songs and lyrics or that she atleast finds away to keep her country roots! 


Credit: Genius.com – Taylor Swift’s Album Cover for Red


Red” by Taylor Swift, from the album Red. 



Use Talylor Swift’s song “Red” as inspiration for any form of creative expression (including but not limited to short stories, poems, lyrics, artwork, photography, etc. Alternatively, If you are a musician use this as an opportunity to showcase your own work.

What do you think she means when she says “loving him was red?” What meaning or writing idea do you perceive from this song? What meanings does the color/word red have in the song and beyond the song? 


“Red” by Taylor Swift 


[Verse 1:]

Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street

Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly

Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you’re already flying through the free fall

Like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all


Losing him was blue like I’d never known

Missing him was dark grey all alone

Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met

But loving him was red

Loving him was red


[Verse 2:]

Touching him was like realizing all you ever wanted was right there in front of you

Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favorite song

Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there’s no right answer

Regretting him was like wishing you never found out that love could be that strong



Losing him was blue like I’d never known

Missing him was dark grey all alone

Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met

But loving him was red

Oh, red

Burning red



Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes

Tell myself it’s time now, gotta let go

But moving on from him is impossible

When I still see it all in my head

In burning red

Burning, it was red



Oh, losing him was blue like I’d never known

Missing him was dark grey all alone

Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met

‘Cause loving him was red

Yeah, yeah, red

We’re burning red



And that’s why he’s spinnin’ ’round in my head

Comes back to me, burning red

Yeah, yeah


His love was like driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street



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