Taylor Swift – Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince (Lyrics Review and Song Meaning)
“Miss Americana and The Heartbreak Prince” is the seventh track on the seventh studio album ‘Lover’ by Taylor Swift.
The much-anticipated 2019 album ‘Lover’ contains 18 tracks on the standard edition including three singles “ME!” featuring Brendon Urie, “You Need to Calm Down” and the title track “Lover.” The new album is in complete contrast to Taylor’s previous album ‘Reputation’ released in 2017, which focused on speaking out her mind against her haters. In this era, however, Taylor Swift is in love, and that reflects throughout the album.
“Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” might look like Taylor is singing about her love affairs. But it also has a certain political undertone. Listen to the song and read the analysis of the lyrics below.
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The lyrics can be interpreted in two ways–from the perspective of a love affair or from the perspective of being an American patriot. Since there are so many songs on love on ‘Lover’ album, we will detail this song from her political POV.
Taylor Swift was born and raised in Tennessee, an area known for its patriotism for The United States of America. The ‘American glory,’ Taylor refers to in the song is about the country being one of the top and best nations in the world. Taylor confesses that she adores her country and more in love with it than when she was 16. But in comes the heartbreak prince–most likely a reference to the Donald Trump administration. Now she feels hopeless and frustrated for the future of her beloved motherland.
The chorus of the song reflects on the societal norm that Taylor is a badass. She speaks her mind, supports gay rights and challenges stereotypes. These are not easy traits to inculcate while facing a fan base of over 100 million on social media. But those who have challenged her, have not lasted long in the game. Not that she has taken them out. But the truth itself reveals eventually and eliminates her haters. She sparked some controversy over her political post on her Instagram page encouraging fans to vote for Hilary Clinton for the presidency.
The second verse of “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince” talks about her side losing the election. The ‘bad guys’ are winning and they are celebrating. Taylor is already feeling nauseated and in distress. She is scared for the future of this country and the generations to come. It has come to a reign of the ‘boys’ and ‘wise men’ are nowhere to be seen, unfortunately.
Pre-choruses of this track emphasize how Taylor wanted to see a positive change in the administration after Barack Obama’s presidency. But it was not meant to be this time around. And Taylor might feel like the consequences of irrational behaviours of the administrators are reflected through the increased state of carnage the country has fallen into.
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The complete album released on August 23, 2019, through Republic Records.