What’s the real meaning of you’re on your own kid by Taylor Swift? Here’s what we think

A new Taylor Swift album has just come out, signaling another round of lyric dissection sessions for fans around the world — not that it’s ever stopped.

Swifties have long been conditioned by the singer not to take anything at face value, considering almost everything she posts, says or does (let’s face it) has Easter eggs and hidden meanings. A lot of these subliminal messages are woven into their songs, and the tracks on “Midnights” are no exception. “Midnights is a collage of intensity, highs and lows and ebbs and flows,” Swift tweeted about her latest album. “Life can be dark, starry, cloudy, scary, electric, hot, cold, romantic or lonely. Just like midnight.”

And in true Swiftie fashion, fans are raving about track #5 on this album, as the fifth tracks are among their most vulnerable on most of their albums. We’ve seen it on “All Too Well” and “Dear John” in the past. “I didn’t realize I was doing this, but when I was making albums I guess I just put one very vulnerable, personal, honest, emotional song as track 5,” she said in a 2019 Instagram Live (via Hustle). “Because you noticed that, I started packing the songs that were really honest, emotional, vulnerable and personal as track five.”

All of Swift’s work is already deeply personal, but her Track 5s are on a whole other level. This is further emphasized in the fifth track from “Midnights”, “You’re on Your Own, Kid”.

You’re on Your Own, Kid is Taylor Swift’s ode to herself

“You’re on Your Own, Kid” begins as if reminiscent of “Teardrops on My Guitar,” in which Taylor Swift sings about unrequited love at a young age. “Summer’s gone but the longing remains / I play it cool with the best of them / I’ll wait patiently he’ll notice me / It’s okay we’re best friends / Whatever,” it said, per Genius. And then it touched how she left town and how she overcame one-sided love through songwriting. “I picked the petals, he doesn’t love me / Something else bloomed and wrote in my room.”

See also  John Legend opens up about how losing the pregnancy impacted his marriage to Chrissy Teigen

Swift gets even rougher in The Bridge as she tackles her rise to stardom, including the sacrifices she’s made along the way. “I gave my blood, sweat and tears / I threw parties and I starved my body,” the lyrics read, appearing to refer to her past struggles with an eating disorder. In her Netflix documentary Miss Americana, she admitted how online criticism led her to have an unhealthy relationship with food. She confessed that the comment would “just make me feel a little hungry — just stop eating,” per Variety. But the track ended on a good note, and Swift alluded to how she got through it. “All you lose is a step you take / So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it,” she sings. “You have no reason to be afraid / You’re on your own little one / Yes, you can handle it.”

If you need help with an eating disorder, or know someone who does, help is available. Visit the National Eating Disorders Association website or contact NEDA’s Live Helpline at 1-800-931-2237. You can also get 24/7 Crisis Support via SMS (send NEDA to 741-741).