“Bigger Than The Whole Sky” is the fifteenth track on Taylor Swift’s 2022 album ‘Midnights.’ It is the second bonus track on the ‘3am Edition’ of the album. The song talks about the loss of someone important from the singer’s life, albeit being a short-lived relationship.
‘Midnights‘ is the tenth studio album by Taylor Swift following her ‘evermore‘ and ‘folklore‘ album releases in 2020. Announcing the album, Taylor Swift said “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams.” The album was released on October 21, 2022. A surprise ‘3am Edition’ was released just three hours later from the main album containing seven bonus tracks.
The exact direction of “Bigger Than The Whole Sky” is left at a question mark. However, there are two main ideas behind the song–first, a short-lived relationship and Taylor Swift trying to contemplate what could have been. The second idea is that the singer is a mother who lost a child soon after birth or at a very young age. The mother weeps for a future without her child. The hardest goodbye.
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Taylor Swift “Bigger Than The Whole Sky” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
Jumping into the song, Taylor Swift paints a picture of a lady laying on the floor shedding tears in silence. She has no words to express her feelings as she has never experienced something like this before. The intensity of the loss she has suffered has shaken her to the core. She is beginning to doubt herself and even hate herself. Is she the problem?
This is the hardest goodbye. Whatever she had with this person was very short-lived. It could have been a one-night stand with a person she actually wanted to be with but never heard from him again. It hurts to not know what could have been because they never had a proper chance at it.
On the flip side, it could be about the death of a child. This is likely one of the toughest losses that anyone can go through. For nine months or more, she would have been imagining a whole life with this child, only to lose them very quickly. That future timeline was completely wiped off of existence.
In the second verse, Taylor Swift looks for answers. Why? Why was this person taken away from her? When there are no clear-cut answers, you tend to turn to philosophy.
Taylor talks about the Butterfly effect–this is an idea in chaos theory that one small incident in some remote corner of a system has a multiplying effect on another corner of the system. This is visualized as when a butterfly flaps its wings in Asia, a tornado is given birth in America. Did some random incident somewhere cause this person to be taken away from her?
Did she not pray enough? Was this God’s punishment for lack of faith?
This person was going to be the singer’s whole world–their entire sky. But it was ripped away from her.
The unknown is what kills us. If the singer had the opportunity to explore the relationship and realize that it does not work, it would have been much easier to cope with the breakup. However, no amount of time can help you cope with the loss of a child.
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