Song of the Day #5,267: ‘Songbird’ – Fleetwood Mac

Last week, Fleetwood Mac’s most prolific member, Christine McVie, passed away at age 79 following a long bout of poor health.

McVie wrote or co-wrote the lion’s share of the band’s songs, including some of their most enduring classics — ‘Say You Love Me,’ ‘Over My Head,’ ‘You Make Loving Fun,’ ‘Everywhere,’ and ‘Don’t Stop,’ to name just a few.

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Song of the Day #5,266: ‘That’s Love’ – Brad Paisley

Since his 1999 debut, Brad Paisley has been reliably releasing albums every year or two. Today’s SOTD comes from his third studio album, 2003’s Mud on the Tires, one of my favorites.

I haven’t thought about Paisley in awhile, and it just occurred to me that it’s been five years since his last release. 2017’s Love and War was decent but unspectacular, and just the sort of record I’d like to see topped with a return-to-form collection of bangers.

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Song of the Day #5,265: ‘The Invisible Man’ – Elvis Costello

‘The Invisible Man’ is a track from Elvis Costello’s 1983 release Punch the Clock, his eighth studio album. Costello teamed up with pop producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley to deliver his most commercial album, hoping for chart success that had largely eluded him to that point.

It worked, to a degree. Punch the Clock was his best-selling album in several years and produced a modest international hit in ‘Everyday I Write the Book.’ That song became his first Top 40 single in the U.S., and one of only two in his entire career (bonus points to commenters who can name the second).

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Song of the Day #5,264: ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights

#2. ‘Sweet Nothing

I was such a big fan of the direction Swift took on folklore and evermore that it’s no surprise I’m drawn to the Midnights song that could have appeared on either of those albums. Co-written with beau Joe Alwyn, this is a delicate and comforting ballad that finds Swift at her most content. Faced with the pressures of the industry, she retreats to the safety and warmth of her love. A beautiful song.

#1. ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’

Swift always serves up something special on track five of her albums, and Midnights is no exception. ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’ was the song on this record that grabbed me instantly, and it has remained my favorite through repeated listens. Perhaps that’s because it is stylistically closer to her earlier releases.

This is a deceptively deep song that serves as both a look back at Swift’s life and career and an empowerment anthem for her young fans. It uses the phrase “you’re on your own” as the sad realization that nobody is truly looking our for you, but also the reassurance that you are enough.

[Verse 1]
Summer went away, still, the yearning stays
I play it cool with the best of them
I wait patiently, he’s gonna notice me
It’s okay, we’re the best of friends
Anyway

I hear it in your voice, you’re smoking with your boys
I touch my phone as if it’s your face
I didn’t choose this town, I dream of getting out
There’s just one who could make me stay
All my days

[Pre-Chorus]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I waited ages to see you there
I search the party of better bodies
Just to learn that you never cared

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

[Verse 2]
I see the great escape, so long, Daisy May
I picked the petals, he loves me not
Something different bloomed, writing in my room
I play my songs in the parking lot
I’ll run away

[Pre-Chorus]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I called a taxi to take me there
I search the party of better bodies
Just to learn that my dreams aren’t rare

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

[Instrumental Break]

[Bridge]
From sprinkler splashes to fireplace ashes
I gave my blood, sweat, and tears for this
I hosted parties and starved my body
Like I’d be saved by a perfect kiss
The jokes weren’t funny, I took the money
My friends from home don’t know what to say
I looked around in a blood-soaked gown
And I saw something they can’t take away
‘Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned
Everything you lose is a step you take
So, make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it
You’ve got no reason to be afraid

[Chorus]
You’re on your own, kid
Yeah, you can face this
You’re on your own, kid
You always have been

Song of the Day #5,263: ‘Labyrinth’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of the songs on Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights

#4. ‘Mastermind

I love the momentum of this track in both the music and the melody. I also love the bridge, which dives into the insecurities Swift explores in several songs on this album. Lyrically, this is a novel approach to a love song, pushing fate and luck aside and centering Swift as the author of her own romantic destiny. An excellent closing track.

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