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12 Animals That Stealthily Roam Through Taylor Swift Songs

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Taylor Swift has skillfully crafted a musical menagerie through her song storytelling. Swift’s lyrics frequently assign symbolic roles to animals, and we have compiled a list of 12 animals that stealthily roam through her songs.

1. Cats

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Without a doubt, Taylor Swift’s affection for feline friends is extensively documented, found mentioned in songs such as “Wonderland,” “Karma,” “Gorgeous,” “Paper Rings,” and “Vigilante Shit”. The independent nature of cats effortlessly slots into her repertoire (and reputation). 

2. Horses

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Symbolic of strength, horses—much like Taylor herself to many—make appearances in songs such as “Fearless,” “White Horse,” “The Archer,” and “Mirrorball.” Horses are often admired for their beauty, elegance, and graceful movements, an aesthetic appeal often highlighted in art, literature, and cultural expressions. 

3. Rabbits

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Rabbits, with their cute and endearing nature, are mentioned in both “Wonderland” and “Long Story Short”. These docile creatures are often associated with the symbolism of rebirth, curiosity, and innocence making them popular in many cultures. 

4. Fireflies

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Fireflies flit through two of Swift’s song’s lyrics, “Innocent” and “Sweet Nothing”, where she captures the innocence and symbolism of romance and love of these creatures. Fireflies are widely known for their ability to produce light through bioluminescence – light generated by a chemical reaction in their bodies. 

5. Butterflies

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Butterflies are seen as symbols of transformation, beauty, and growth. Featuring in “Clean” and “Everything Has Changed” to show the emergence of something beautiful after facing life’s trials – just as a beautiful butterfly emerges from its cocoon

6. Foxes

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Swift mentions the sleek fox in her song “I Know Places”. Foxes are often associated with cleverness and cunning in folklore and mythology. They are known for their ability to solve problems and adapt to various environments.

7. Vultures

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In “I Know Places” she also mentions the vultures. Despite their somewhat unappealing reputation as scavengers feeding on carrion, vultures play an important ecological role by helping clean and dispose of carcasses, which helps prevent the spread of diseases and contributes to nutrient cycling in nature.

8. Snakes

Corn snake

In her song “You Need to Calm Down”, Swift mentions snakes. These slithering reptiles have both negative and positive cultural symbolism. In many cultures, they symbolize transformation, rebirth, and fertility, while in others they are associated with danger and deceit – a theme of many of Swift’s music. 

9. Wolves

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The haunting call of wolves echoes through the song “Daylight”. These apex predators are often associated with qualities such as loyalty, courage, and the wild spirit. Wolves are complex and highly social animals contributing to their cultural significance.

10. Dogs

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In “The Last Great American Dynasty” and “Evermore,” a faithful dog takes center stage. Swift uses the loyal canine companion as a metaphor for steadfastness and the enduring impact of relationships. Their ability to understand human emotions and cues, allows them to sense their owner’s mood – often followed by providing comfort and support to their owners. No wonder they have been beloved companions for years!

11. Bears

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Bears are mentioned in Swift’s song “Mad Woman”. In some cultures, they are symbols of strength, power, and strength. These mammals have diverse behaviors and play crucial roles in maintaining the ecological balance in the ecosystems they inhabit. 

12. Spider

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Closing our lyrical safari, the spider in “Karma” symbolizes the intricacies of fate and the threads of destiny woven through our lives. While some people may fear spiders due to their venomous nature, most spiders are harmless to humans and are important contributors to ecosystems by controlling insect populations.

Final Thoughts on Swift’s Musicla Menagrie

In Taylor Swift‘s melodic tapestry, a diverse array of animals stealthily roam through her songs. Each animal contributes to the rich symbolism and storytelling within her lyrics while adding depth to her music and connecting listeners to animals and the symbolism they carry. If you listen to Taylor Swift (Taylor’s version of course) let us know if there are any animals we missed!

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