T-Swift’s “Love Story”

Yes, I’m a T-Swift fan, and I’m not sorry about it. Ever since she became that new country singer, I was a fan. Still am. I love that she writes her own music and that she’s so personable and nice and everything. Anyway, that’s beside the point. I love this song.
Listen to it!  And watch the video while you’re at it.  🙂

Here are 8 reasons why:

  1. I love story songs. Possibly because I’ve always liked hearing and telling stories.
  2. She uses classic literature (Romeo & Juliet, The Scarlet Letter, and Pride & Prejudice) as her story.
  3. Some of these classic pieces end in tragedy, but she blends them together to make it a happy ending.
  4. I love the story of P&P. Don’t get me wrong. The book starts out a little too slow for my taste, but have you SEEN the Lizzy Bennet Diaries on YouTube? Fantastic remake. Okay, I love classic literature retold in a modern setting (I kind of write that way, too). The song skips all the stuff where Lizzie won’t talk to Darcy because she feels judged by him, it just gets to the good part where they both love each other.  I love how much Darcy loves Lizzie.  Anybody with me on that?
  5. I like R&J, too, just not the tragedy part. She took the part where they weren’t supposed to be together and used it, just not all the families killing each other and stuff. Awesome.  Romeo and Juliet had an amazing love, too.  The romantic in me is sighing softly.
  6. I was also that weird kid in high school who enjoyed reading TSL and analyzing it. T-Swift only took a reference from this book, the part where Hester Prynne, who wears the scarlet letter, is alienated from society. Well, T-Swift kind of just uses the reference to underline the fact her dad didn’t want her seeing Romeo; she was like a scarlet letter to Romeo.  (But the rest of the lyrics and where they are from just indicate their love for each other was like in the aforementioned stories.)
  7. I know she took all the happy parts out of these stories. Frankly, when I’m writing shortstories or even the novel that I’m working on, I use the Bible as a basis of my stories, and pull stories from there. But I never pull stories that don’t end so well. For example, in my stories, people don’t die, they just get knocked out (kind of like Batman doesn’t kill).
  8. And, finally, why I love this song: Taylor Swift is an awesome artist in general. I loved her when she was in the country scene, and I just followed her to her pop music. Okay, so I wasn’t a fan of all her heartbreak songs (because they were all so similar), but I loved her happy little love songs. (“Our Song” is another great one of hers, by the way.)

I like story songs because I like stories. What kind of songs do you like the best?

Anna E. Meyer

All You Need is Love: Lyric-Prompted-Discussion

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done.

Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung.

Nothing you can say but you can learn how to play the game

It’s easy.

There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made.

No one you can save that can’t be saved.

Nothing you can do but you can learn how to be you

in time – It’s easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,

All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

Love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love.

All you need is love, all you need is love,

All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known.

Nothing you can see that isn’t shown.

Nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be.

It’s easy.

All you need is love, all you need is love,

All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

All you need is love (all together now)

All you need is love (everybody)

All you need is love, love, love is all you need.

1 Corinthians 13:1-7,13: 1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

I had never read the lyrics of “All You Need Is Love” before.  Kinda…not that comforting.  It’s like saying that you can’t do anything to make you unique.  Well, I suppose the saying is “you’re one in a million,” but there are many, many millions—billions—in the world.  Which makes you just like all those other statistically ones in a million (which is a lot and isn’t comforting.  Unless you feel like nobody understands.  Then those ones in a million (which, in themselves, could be millions) feel just like you do, so you’re not alone there).  The Beatles at least try to comfort, saying that all you need is love.  That’s nice and everything, but I don’t know if they knew the real kind of love that is all you need—agape love.  Now, “agape” means “God love” or something like that.  It is the kind of love that God has for us!  Which just happens to be the love talked about in 1 Corinthians 13.

Love.  The word is mentioned 763 times in the NLT translation of the Bible.  As Christians, we possess this love toward each other, because God first loved us.  There are so many passages in the Bible which speak about love!  God loved us so much that he sent his only son, so that whoever believes in him, will not die, but have eternal life!  Now, I’m not trying to shut down the Beatles or their songs—but this is one sacrifice that can be sacrificed by no other!  Because God loved us so much, we can love each other in agape love.  What would be different, if all of us lived according to verses 4-7?

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

How would the world be different?  How would our campuses or workplaces be different?  How would our relationships be different?   I can tell you only about as much as I know—they would be transformed by God and his steadfast love!  Things would change for the better!  Because—and the Beatles got this part right—all you really need is love!

Born This Way: Lyric-Influenced Discussion

(I didn’t call it lyric analysis this time ‘cuz I didn’t really analyze the lyrics…like last time, I just went off on a lovely and point-making tangent related to the lyrics.)


It doesn’t matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M

Just put your paws up

‘Cause you were born this way, baby


My mama told me when I was young

We are all born superstars

She rolled my hair and put my lipstick on

In the glass of her boudoir

“There’s nothin wrong with lovin who you are”

She said, “’cause he made you perfect, babe”

“So hold your head up girl and you’ll go far,

Listen to me when I say”


I’m beautiful in my way

‘Cause God makes no mistakes

I’m on the right track baby

I was born this way

Don’t hide yourself in regret

Just love yourself and you’re set

I’m on the right track baby

I was born this way


Ooo there ain’t no other way

Baby I was born this way

Baby I was born this way

(Born this way)

Ooo there ain’t no other way

Baby, I was born this way

Right track baby

I was born this way


Don’t be a drag – just be a queen…

Don’t be!


Give yourself prudence

And love your friends

Subway kid, rejoice your truth

In the religion of the insecure

I must be myself, respect my youth

A different lover is not a sin

Believe capital H-I-M (hey hey hey)

I love my life I love this record and

Mi amore vole fe yah (love needs faith)




Don’t be a drag, just be a queen

Whether you’re broke or evergreen

You’re black, white, beige, chola descent

You’re lebanese, you’re orient

Whether life’s disabilities

Left you outcast, bullied, or teased

Rejoice and love yourself today

‘Cause baby you were born this way

No matter gay, straight, or bi,

Lesbian, transgendered life

I’m on the right track baby

I was born to survive

No matter black, white or beige

Chola or orient made

I’m on the right track baby

I was born to be brave




I was born this way hey!…


Romans 12: 3-8: 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.


I know that Lady GaGa creates many reactions to her music, but I just want to look at this song.  I also paralleled it to Romans 12.  So?  We are born the way we were for a reason: if we are an eye, we do what an eye does.  An eye cannot attempt to be a nose, for it was made an eye for a reason.  We need eyes to see!  Without eyes, we lose one of our 5 senses.  Without even one eye, we lose depth perception at all.  And don’t tell yourself that you are a worthless limb or organ that the body doesn’t need, such as the appendix like the one you may have gotten out last year or the pinkie toe that doesn’t always even touch the ground.  We were all created for a purpose, and we have to love ourselves the way we were made to fully reach that purpose.  If an eye does not realize that it is, indeed, an eye, then how can it see?  Jesus talks a lot about all of us being members of one body.  Just remember, that Christ is the head!  He is what we all have in common.  The head sends messages to this body part or that to do the work it is supposed to do.  But how can we listen to the head if we are separated from the body?

God created you to be you.  Look at it this way: if you don’t like the way you are, you are offending God, the creator of it all.  Love yourself and the gifts you have!  Make use of them!  You may not be the one at the front of the team doing all of the speaking, but the front person needs support from the one in the back to make anything go smoothly.  That was a very vague sentence, but I think you got the picture?  Everyone was created the way they were for a reason.  You are perfect, just the way you are.

Please don’t be close-minded or something and say that you were born that way.  God wants us all to get along and be unified, which only happens if we try to understand one another and love each other.  “Love needs faith,” the song proclaims.  In John 15:12 Jesus says: “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  The nose cannot laugh at the eye because it is an eye and not a nose—without the eye, our scent would be pretty confused without proper adaptations.  Love one another!

I’m beautiful in my way, ‘Cause God makes no mistakes! I’m on the right track baby, I was born this way! Don’t hide yourself in regret, Just love yourself and you’re set! I’m on the right track baby, I was born this way!


Comments, questions, concerns, feedback?  I would love ‘em!


I love you guys!  Smiles Squared, Anna =)^2

Lyric Analysis: You Can’t Always Get What You Want

I was listening to the Glee version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” the other day, and I thought I would start a segment in my blog called lyric analysis.  The Rolling Stones were the first ones to sing this song. Lyrics:

The chorus says, “No, you can’t always get what you want, You can’t always get what you want, You can’t always get what you want, But if you try sometime you find, You get what you need.”  Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God supplies every need of yours, according to the riches in Jesus Christ our Lord.”  I know this verse really well because it was one of the verses we taught to the kids, and Jenny even made up a song to it (think “Row, row, row your boat” and sing it to yourself).  Now, in the song, what are the different wants?  Love, politics, drugs?  “Anonymous” said on lyric interpretations.com that this song refers to “different ways of feeling dissatisfied with life and how we cope with that with other things.”  I studied Freud in a psychology class sophomore year, and he had seven “auxiliary constructions” (Westphal 39).  These include in layman’s terms getting drunk, stress-relieving (or, killing animal-instinct?), workaholism, escaping into another world (i.e. watch TV), illusion, “Oedipus Rex Syndrome”, or go insane.  I agree that we, as humankind, find things and create wants because we are dissatisfied with our life.  But is there another solution than to create something equally dissatisfying to attempt to satisfy life?  You bet!  And that’s what I like writing about most: JESUS CHRIST!

It’s like trying to quench thirst with Mountain Dew: you’ll get dehydrated unless you drink some water, as well.  At Gear-Up we discussed this analogy a little more in depth.  The water I’m getting at, of course, is the living water of Jesus.  The Mountain Dew pretty much refers to everything else that isn’t water.  I have struggled a lot with wants versus needs in the past.  I have come to realize that all I need is Christ!  How, you ask?  Good question.

THE HOLY SPIRIT.  Not much is known about the Spirit compared to the Father and the Son.  However, the Spirit is a person distinguished in the trinity.  The Spirit totally has character, too.  It can be lied to (Acts 5:3), filled with sorrow (Ephesians 4:30), it can teach (Luke 12:12), it can lead and direct (Acts 20:28), and much more.  All Christians have the Sprit in their heart—as soon as Jesus is asked to be in a person’s heart, BOOM!  The Sprit is there, and IT CAN’T LEAVE YOU.  The analogy used during Project was that of chocolate poured into a glass of milk.  It’s always there, but when it is mixed in with the rest of the milk, it makes chocolate milk.  Aka….you are always in dwelt, but not always empowered.  We cannot live the Christian life on our own, with the chocolate at the bottom of the glass.  It doesn’t work that way.  That’s bringing the wants that we create and putting them before our needs.  And how do we get the chocolate mixed in with the rest of the milk?  To choose water over the Mountain Dew?  Good question.  Let me answer that for you.

Wow, this got pretty off topic.  But it’s good stuff.  And thank you for still reading!  This is a really good exercise I do to keep me walking with the Sprit all day:  it’s called spiritual breathing.  “But Anna,” you say, “I’m always breathing.”  Yes, I know, but this is SPIRITUAL BREATHING.  Exhale: Confess your sin the moment you become aware of it—agree with God concerning it and thank him for his forgiveness.  Inhale: Surrender control of your life to Christ, and rely upon the Spirit to fill you with its presence and power by faith.  It takes practice, don’t worry.  I sometimes forget, but it makes me happy when I do—I forget about my impractical wants and I am reminded of my only need, which is Christ!

The Bible lets us know, though, that God sees the desires of our hearts and will answer them.  He’s not mean, and says that all you need is all you’re getting.  I was kinda surprised when I discovered that.  As long as you seek Christ, he will supply your needs.  You don’t always get what you want, even if you keep asking God for it (he’s not Santa Clause, you know), but you just might find, he’ll work everything out.  Because he’s awesome!


I saw her today at the reception

A glass of wine in her hand

I knew she would meet her connection

At her feet was her footloose man


No, you can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

You can’t always get what you want

But if you try sometime you find

You get what you need


We went down to the demonstration

To get your fair share of abuse

Singing, “We’re gonna vent our frustration

If we don’t we’re gonna blow a 50-amp fuse”




I went down to the Chelsea drugstore

To get your prescription filled

I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy

And man, did he look pretty ill

We decided that we would have a soda

My favorite flavor, cherry red

I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy

Yeah, and he said one word to me, and that was “dead”

I said to him




You get what you need–yeah, oh baby


I saw her today at the reception

In her glass was a bleeding man

She was practiced at the art of deception

Well I could tell by her blood-stained hands


Chorus (2x)


Questions, comments, concerns?  Leave me a comment or email me at aeolson09@ole.augie.edu! (I’d love to hear your feedback!)


I love you all!  Smiles Squared, Anna =)^2


Rolling Stones: You Can’t Always Get What You Want Meaning.  Lyric Interpretations.  Lyric Interpretations, 5 Feb. 2011.  23 Aug. 2011.  Web.

Westphal, “Suspicion & Faith.”  New York: Fordham University Press, 1998.  Text.