"Write what you know." It's the oldest advice in the book for writers. And whether you're working on the next great American novel or a chart-crushing pop song, if you've spent half your life in the intense glare of the media spotlight chances are you're going to write about being famous: the money, the perks, the highs, the men/women, the parties, the substances, the loneliness, the backstabbing, the liars, the cheaters. You get the picture.
So it makes sense that Taylor Swift, who has spent half her life in the blinding crosshair of global celebrity, sounds a bit world-weary on her new single, "Look What You Made Me Do." We don't know who she's talking about in the Right Said Fred-interpolating dance-pop single, but clearly it's someone who has done her wrong, and we have our suspicions.
Just look at one of the most revealing lines: "i don't like your little games/ Don't like your tilted stage/ The role you made me play/ Of the fool, no I don't like you." If that line isn't about the world-weariness of trying to live up to the expectations of life under a microscope amid pressure from the expectations of others, what is?