Mar 20, 2013

On Taylor Swift's Long Live

I'm a sucker for songs, but I'm a bigger sucker for good lyrics.

It was through a teeny-bopper magazine that I got to know this song. I have Taylor's discography saved in my laptop and in both of my phones, and I'm guilty of not paying much attention to this song before I read this article in the magazine which identifies this song as a feel-good one. And did I mention that I'm a sucker for feel-good songs as well?

Moving on, I listened to it and paid more attention to the lyrics (as I always do). True enough, it made me feel good. Note: the melody is nice as well except for it being too low for Taylor's vocal range. Well anyway, I listened to it over and over again, but it wasn't until tonight (in the middle of cramming my papers) did I relate to it. 

The song is generally nice. The lyrics, well, they're quite nice as well though, at first, I thought it literally referred to being kings and queens of a kingdom. But through further research, I learned that it refers to being prom king and queen. 

The lyrics are as follows:

I said remember this moment, in the back of my mind
The time we stood with our shaking hands
The crowds in the stands went wild
We were the Kings and the Queens
And they read off our names
The night you danced like you knew our lives
Would never be the same

You held your head like a hero
On a history book page
It was the end of a decade
But the start of an age

For me, this moment would have to be the beginning of my relationship with my current boyfriend. It was, indeed, life-changing. Though we didn't have crowds going wild for us, it felt like that. I felt like a queen, and I still do. And yes, it was the start of an age. 

Long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered

And yes, through all the years we've been together, we've crashed through figurative walls. We made it past other's expectations of us. We made it through various obstacles. We kept it together. 

I said remember this feeling
I passed the pictures around
Of all the years that we stood there
On the side-lines wishing for right now
We are the Kings and the Queens
You traded your baseball cap for a crown
When they gave us our trophies
And we held them up for our town
And the cynics were outraged
Screaming "this is absurd"
Cause for a moment a band of thieves
In ripped up jeans got to rule the world

There have been cynics, of course. I admit, we were an unlikely pairing at that time. But, yeah, who knew. We ruled each other's worlds no matter how simply plain and boring we were. We were not the hottest people around, but we still ruled. 

Long live the walls we crashed through
All the kingdom lights shined just for me and you
I was screaming long live all the magic we made
And bring on all the pretenders
I'm not afraid
Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming long live that look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered

Simply put, I'm having the time of my life with him through the good and the bad. And, as I've mentioned before, we've lasted longer than most couples my age. People did not really expect us to last long, but we did. We made things possible together. 

Hold on to spinning around
Confetti falls to the ground
May these memories break our fall

Memories are love's best preservatives, according to a magazine I read. We've had numerous problems before, but we made it through not just because we still love each other. Looking back at all the things that we've been through together helps make our love worth saving. 

Will you take a moment, promise me this
That you'll stand by me forever
But if God forbid fate should step in
And force us into a goodbye
If you have children some day
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name
Tell them how the crowds went wild
Tell them how I hope they shine

Again, there is this possibility that we may not end up together someday. But if it ever happens, I'll regret nothing. Being with him has been one of the best parts of my life so far, and I'm really glad it all happened. It may not last forever (but I hope it does), but I'd still be glad it happened. I sure hope that he'd feel the same way too. And my only wish is for him to remember how much we shined--together. 

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