Revenge is a theme that runs throughout crime and mystery fiction. That might be why I like this Taylor Swift song so much. The revenge here is fictional as told in the narrative of the song, but also very real in that it predicts her own meteoric rise to fame despite the critics and (ahem) “haters”. Plus, banjo.
Taylor Swift wrote “Mean” after her performance on an awards show got a bad review, or so the story goes. But the themes about bullying and the interior thoughts of the person being bullied are universal. The bouncy country music and playful video, however, can’t disguise the anger and spite that run throughout this song. It all comes to a head in the bridge when she flashes forwards to a future where the bully is drunk at a sports bar, “washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things.”
Read the lyrics for “Mean” right HERE.
Previous installments in this series:
- Big Star— “September Gurls”
- Violent Femmes— “Country Death Song”
- Husker Du— “Books About UFOs”
- Wilco— “Misunderstood”
- The Mother Hips— “Gold Plated”
- The Replacements— “Left Of The Dial”
- Jason Isbell— “Elephant”
S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.