Music Review: Swift’s “You’re On Your Own, Kid”

On Oct. 21 of this year, Taylor Swift released her 10th studio album titled “Midnights.”

There are 13 songs on the album and seven more on the deluxe album titled “Midnights (3 am Edition).”

Track 5 on the album is called “You’re On Your Own, Kid.”

In the song, Swift takes a vulnerable approach to self-reflecting.

In the first verse, she sings about the hurt of unrequited love she is experiencing while also dealing with societal beauty standards.

She sings “I wait patiently / He’s gonna notice me / It’s okay, we’re the best of friends.”

Ultimately, Swift is waiting for the person she loves to notice her, but he never does. Instead, she comes to the conclusion that it will be alright because they are still friends and she will always have him, even if he will never love her the way she wants him to.

Swift then sings “I search the party of better bodies / Just to learn that you never cared.”

This idea of loving someone and them not loving you back because they believe you are not good enough is a very relatable topic, especially as a teenager.

In today’s age of social media, it always feels like society’s standards of what a person should look like change as quickly as the seasons. It is very difficult to keep up and can sometimes be extremely exhausting and mentally and physically harmful.

Being a teenage girl with insecurities, it is sometimes hard to believe that anyone could actually like you for who you really are.

Swift continues to say “I hosted parties and starved my body / Like I’d be saved by a perfect kiss.”

Swift details how harmful beauty standards can be for people, that they would even go to the extreme of starving themselves to look a certain way.

Swift details that if she were “skinny enough” then someone would like her enough to kiss her and that feeling of someone wanting her would be enough to save her.

In the bridge, Swift says “‘Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned / Everything you lose is a step you take.”

This lyric is referring to losing friendships but learning to accept those changes in life.

Throughout life, I have had many friendships come and go but I believe that those relationships I had with those people shaped me into becoming a better person and also led me to the friendships I have made now.

Those lyrics made me realize that sometimes losing people in your life is a good thing and that it’s okay to move on and be happy without those people and there is no reason to be ashamed of that.

Swift ends the song by singing “You’re on your own, kid / Yeah, you can face this.” In these lyrics, Swift teaches listeners and possibly herself to embrace lost relationships and friendships because they shape who you are.

The last line of the song is “You’re on your own, kid / You always have been.”

Swift is saying that throughout her life she has gained and lost so many friendships. Those losses helped her truly find herself and help her realize that she is able and strong enough to handle this life by herself.

Taylor taught me that it is okay to be alone sometimes but you never have to be alone.