Taylor Swift: “Mean” Video

Did you know that Taylor Swift plays the banjo? She rocks it, too. Check out this video of “Mean,” an awesome confluence of mandolin and banjo tied up in positive lyrics.

When I listened to this song on the album, I had no idea she was playing the banjo line. (Maybe she’s just playing it in the video to show off her skillz.) As if I needed another reason to be completely floored by this young woman’s talent.

In the video, I love that there’s a little girl watching from the audience. Taylor is acutely aware of her position as role model. This song sends the message that, when someone’s mean to you, they’ve got the problem, not you. It champions the idea that you can overcome adversity and achieve your dreams regardless of the obstacles:

Some day I’ll be living in a big ol’ city

and all you’re ever gonna be is mean.

Why you gotta be so mean?

Some day I’ll be big enough so you can’t hit me,

and all you’re ever gonna be is mean.

Why you gotta be so mean?

At the end, the little girl smiles and claps at Taylor and looks upon her with awe. She is the face of every girl who bought Speak Now the second it was released, who begged her parents to buy her exorbitantly priced tickets to a sold out show, who dreamily stares into Taylor’s eyes on a poster on her wall. She is me.


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