Ruining Songs With Science #1 – I Knew You Were Trouble (Taylor Swift)

Now I heard you moved on from whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt is all I’ll ever be

In cheap western novels and old hollywood films, gunfighters gouged a mark into the handle of their guns for every man they killed. That inspired the (equally fictional) poetic image of a lover carving a notch into their bedpost for every woman they’d (ahem) ‘romantically conquered’. So I guess what Taylor means to say is

Now I heard you moved on from whispers on the street
A new notch in your bedpost
But of course I mean that figurative-ly!

Making another notch in your belt, simply means your belt is too big. Yeah! The joke is on you Taylor! Unless that’s what you meant?

Now I heard you moved on from whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt is all I’ll ever be
You’ve lost weight, you’ve lost weight,
And it’s all because of me
Yay yay! Go me!

To be fair Taylor isn’t the first ‘country’ star to mangle the expression, it even turned up in the film Wedding Crashers. But “Vince Vaughn did it as well” is no defence for anything. These TSwift words on the other hand make perfect sense…

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