We Break Our Own Hearts on Taylor Swift’s The Archer

We Break Our Own Hearts on Taylor Swift’s The Archer

Could this be the best song off her upcoming album 'Lover'?

Could this be the best song off her upcoming album 'Lover'?

Text: Alex Kazemi

“The Archer” is a beautiful classic Taylor Swift ballad, that is both violent and exquisite—an extension of the shadow-pop Swift began to explore on Reputation. The goth-epigrams and glossier production paint a vivid landscape, one that feels like silver glitter-glue beaming from inside your brain.

The song is full of heart-stabbers including the moment, where she admits I never grew up, it’s getting so old , this is a haunting confessional, in which “The Archer” reclaims the fact that Taylor Swift knows we are all wondering about the anxieties we imagine she feels in her love life, being a high-profile celebrity but also someone who has been crucified in her very normal, very human process of looking for romance with a childlike innocence on planet Earth. 

Aside from the song’s cupid-bursting chorus and finale that will go down as memorable Swift moments,  then hate my reflection for years and years…” is the sharp, adult-alternative highlight from this Lover preview; an attest to the songwriting skills and poetics chops that reminds us, that Swift is a writer before she is anything else. The image of “The Archer”  in astrology represents the spaces between earth and heaven, and the archetype of Sagittarius, Taylor’s sun-sign.  The track is full of mutable-Fire energy, perfectly full of indecisiveness, existentialism, and regret over volatile & reactive emotional states.

Romance may be more difficult than ever to find in the modern world, especially in our 20s.  There is a voice to the collective pain of loneliness in 2019 on “The Archer”, that can be a reminder—that a record won’t ever judge you for what you are going through, it’ll make you feel better about it.

You can watch the lyric video for Taylor Swift's “The Archer” below.

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