The Real Meaning Behind Taylor Swift’s New Song “Only the Young”
Andrew Parker - February 7, 2020


By Shel Silverstein

My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!

And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he didn't know
That three is more than two!

Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!

And then I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!

And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head --
Too proud of me to speak!

Taylor Swift is no longer remaining silent about politics and she’s let that fact be perfectly clear in her new documentary Miss Americana. Swift has chosen to not share her views in the past because she felt like it wasn’t her place. But now she has changed and her brand-new song is her most outspoken song to date.


Why didn’t Taylor Swift talk about her political view before? “I don’t talk about politics because it might influence other people,” Taylor told Time Magazine in 2012. “And I don’t think that I know enough yet in life to be telling people who to vote for.”


“There were so many young people who rallied for their candidate, whether it was a senator or congressman or congresswoman,” Swift said in an interview with Variety. “It was hard to see so many people feel like they had canvassed and done everything and tried so hard. I saw a lot of young people’s hopes dashed.”


“I found that to be particularly tragic,” she added, “because young people are the people who feel the worst effects of gun violence and student loans and trying to figure out how to start their lives and how to pay their bills and climate change and are we going to war—all these horrific situations that we find ourselves facing right now.”


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