When Taylor Swift released her new album, Midnights, on October 21, fans immediately knew what to do – begin their search for Easter eggs in the lyrics, which often come in abundance when she writes. After two days of digesting the content, fans haven’t been disappointed at all.
In fact, the Easter eggs kept coming when the 3am Edition was released several hours later – a seven-song track list that caught the fans by surprise when they were most vulnerable. It was that same 3am Edition that brought a lot of Taylor Swift die-hards to a complete standstill.
One of the songs – titled ‘Bigger Than the Whole Sky’ – appears to detail an extremely dark time in someone’s life. More specifically, fans are now speculating that the lyrics are referencing and describing the heartbreaking loss of life – perhaps a loss of pregnancy or miscarriage.
The first verse paints a picture of someone laying down and crying their eyes out as they make sense of their newfound loss – they seem to be blaming themselves for the loss. The verse reads:
“No words appear before me in the aftermath
Salt streams out my eyes and into my ears
Every single thing I touch becomes sick with sadness
‘Cause it’s all over now, all out to sea”
At this point, fans knew the song was about losing someone, but they couldn’t pinpoint the cause of the loss or who the loss was about. Then the chorus came along and that’s when fans started running away with their own interpretations of the song.
The chorus read:
“Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
You were bigger than the whole sky
You were more than just a short time
And I’ve got a lot to pine about
I’ve got a lot to live without
I’m never gonna meet
What could’ve been, would’ve been
What should’ve been you
What could’ve been, would’ve been you”
Many fans interpreted it as a miscarriage – especially when Swift mentions ‘a short time,’ ‘a lot to live without,’ ‘I’m never gonna meet.’ Then you have the ‘what could’ve been, would’ve been you,’ which hits home with anyone who has experienced a loss of pregnancy or miscarriage.
If fans weren’t crying at that point, the second verse definitely put them over the edge. The person starts to blame themselves over the loss and, in an effort to cope, would tell themselves things they knew they didn’t believe. The second verse reads:
“Did some bird flap its wings ovеr in Asia?
Did some force take you bеcause I didn’t pray?
Every single thing to come has turned into ashes
‘Cause it’s all over, it’s not meant to be
So I’ll say words I don’t believe”
It should be noted – just because Taylor Swift wrote the lyrics, doesn’t necessarily mean she’s writing about a loss she experienced. One of the things Swift does so well is putting herself in other people’s shoes and writing from different perspectives. Just something to keep in mind.
Fans Praise Taylor Swift on Social Media for Her Beautiful Words
When fans started to pull themselves together after balling their eyes out over the lyrics, they took to social media to share their own experiences with miscarriage, infertility, loss of pregnancy, and loss in general. You can tell the song hit home on so many different levels.
“Came here to say this. Going through a miscarriage rn and this hit me hard,” said one user on Twitter. Another mother argued, “To me, this song is about losing a pregnancy. A miscarriage, a loss. … Even the self-punishing, did this happen because of me.”
Other users called the song ‘achingly heartbreaking’ and had them ‘on the kitchen floor crying.’ The song seemed to put certain emotions into words that some people haven’t been able to process completely. It became a moment of clarity for those that thought they were all alone.
“I’ve written my own things about my experience and the release of pain, but I have never come across anything that has expressed how I felt until I listened to ‘Bigger Than the Whole Sky,’ said one woman, adding that she finally has something to listen to when she needs to cope.
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