Posted Oct 28 2015
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Song Of The Week - Taylor Swift - Shake It Off

If Taylor Swift was the new Bob Dylan – and she’s not – but if she were, then this song would be her Positively 4th Street.

Back in 1965, at the height of his celebrity, Dylan wrote -

“You’ve got a lot of nerve, to say you are my friend/When I was down you just stood there grinning.”

Ms Swift meanwhile offers  -

“Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate.”

Dylan continued with –

“I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes/You’d know just what a drag it is to see you.”

Taylor responds with -

“Just think while you've been getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world/You could've been getting down to this sick beat.”

In other words this is a "Fuck You!" song to rival the best of 'em, and  proof positive that whilst pop music is capable of brilliant innovation and evolution, as someone once said – the song remains the same! 50 years on...

And this one rocks! Shake it off and hit Play!

(Film connection – she was the only good thing in New Year’s Day and showed up in The Giver – but coudn’t save it.)

 

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