In this album, Swift draws the connection between self-authorship and autonomy/adulthood.
Drop everything now, meet me in the pouring rain
And I can see you years from now in a bar
Talking over a football game
With that same big, loud opinion
But nobody's listening
Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things
Drunk and grumblin' on about how I can't sing
But all you are is mean
Heesen, Remco & Bright, Liam Kofi (2021). Is Peer Review a Good Idea? British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 72 (3):635-663. (link)
Better than Revenge
She's not a saint and she's not what you think She's an actress, woah
She's better known for the things that she does On the mattress, woah
But if, God forbid, fate should step in
And force us into a goodbye
If you have children some day
When they point to the pictures
Please tell 'em my name
Tell 'em how the crowds went wild
Tell 'em how I hope they shine
Long live the walls we crashed through
I had the time of my life with you
Why do people find self-authorship and authenticity so appealing?
Is it morally better to speak in your own voice? Is it aesthetically better for an artist to work alone?