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Taylor Swift’s ‘functioning alcoholic’ lyric ‘offers hope and inspiration’ to problem drinkers

Taylor Swift’s ‘functioning alcoholic’ lyric ‘offers hope and inspiration’ to problem drinkers

Taylor Swift and Post Malone’s collaboration, ‘Fortnight‘, is sitting high at the top of the charts, but as well as being an undeniable bop, the evocative lyrics, “I was a functioning alcoholic until nobody noticed my new aesthetic,” are proving to be a lifeline to listeners. While fans of the singer believe the track to be about a fictional character rather than a biographical track about Taylor herself, the lyric struck a chord with sobriety coach Christy Osborne, who says that high-profile celebrities such as Taylor shining a spotlight on alcoholism can only be a good thing. “The more people share, the more it helps normalise the experience for people who might be going through something similar,” she says. “When we see or hear about celebrities or role models sharing their experiences it helps send the message that anyone could be going through the experience, regardless of who you are, which helps unify us. Christy Osborne is a sobriety coach “It also encourages dialogues and conversations around these topics – think how one song lyric has us speaking …

Patti Smith Thanks Taylor Swift for Her ‘Tortured Poets Department’ Lyric

Patti Smith Thanks Taylor Swift for Her ‘Tortured Poets Department’ Lyric

Patti Smith responded on Saturday to Taylor Swift‘s recent mention of her in the title track of her album, The Tortured Poets Department. Swift name-drops Smith, a rock poet and artist, alongside poet Dylan Thomas in the chorus of her song “The Tortured Poets Department,” released along with its namesake album on Friday. She sings, “I laughed in your face and said / ‘You’re not Dylan Thomas, I’m not Patti Smith / This ain’t the Chelsea Hotel / We’re modern idiots.’” On Instagram, Smith posted a photo of herself reading a Dylan Thomas collection on Instagram, writing: “This is / saying I was / moved to be / mentioned in / the company / of the great / Welsh poet / Dylan Thomas. / Thank you, Taylor.” Thomas, a 20th century writer, was famous for his poem “Dot Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” along with “Under Milk Wood” and “And Death Shall Have No Dominion.” Smith is best known for her 1978 song “Because the Night.” Her 2010 memoir, Just Kids, won the …

Kesha takes aim at Diddy with explicit new lyric during Coachella set

Kesha takes aim at Diddy with explicit new lyric during Coachella set

Sign up to Roisin O’Connor’s free weekly newsletter Now Hear This for the inside track on all things music Get our Now Hear This email for free Kesha joined Reneé Rapp on stage at Coachella Festival on Sunday (14 April) for a duet of the former’s 2010 chart-topper, “TiK ToK”, which she used as an opportunity to take a swipe at music mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs. The song typically opens with the refrain: “Wake up in the mornin’ feelin’ like P Diddy”. However, the 37-year-old singer put an expletive twist on the lyric in the wake of the sexual abuse allegations against the musician and label owner. “Wake up in the morning like, f*** P Diddy,” the two artists sang with their middle fingers raised. The statement comes weeks after Diddy’s homes were raided by federal agents as part of a sex trafficking investigation. Diddy denies any wrongdoing and described the actions of agents as a “gross overuse of military-level force”. It’s not the first time that Kesha has changed the lyrics to her song. …

‘I said something wrong’: Paul McCartney reveals origin of Yesterday lyric | Paul McCartney

‘I said something wrong’: Paul McCartney reveals origin of Yesterday lyric | Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney has revealed the inspiration behind the lyric “I said something wrong” in the Beatles hit Yesterday. McCartney said the line may have been subconsciously inspired by a moment when he mocked his mother for sounding “posh”. Many assume the lyric, “I said something wrong, now I long for yesterday”, is about the break-up of a relationship. McCartney, however, explained on his A Life in Lyrics podcast that the lyric may actually relate to a conversation in which he embarrassed his mother. He said: “Sometimes it’s only in retrospect you can appreciate it. I remember very clearly one day feeling very embarrassed because I embarrassed my mum. “We were out in the backyard and she talked posh. She was of Irish origin and she was a nurse, so she was above street level. “So she had something sort of going for her, and she would talk what we thought was a little bit posh. And it was a little bit Welshy as well – she had connections, her auntie Dilys was Welsh. “I know …

Green Day changes lyric to hit out at Trump in New Year’s Eve performance | Green Day

Green Day changes lyric to hit out at Trump in New Year’s Eve performance | Green Day

Rock band Green Day altered the lyrics of their well-known song American Idiot to criticize Donald Trump during a televised New Year’s Eve performance. During a set on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, the lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, replaced the line “I’m not a part of a redneck agenda” with “I’m not a part of the Maga agenda”. The song was originally released to criticize former president George Bush in 2004. Green Day fans flocked to social media to share the live performance during the New Year’s event with host Ryan Seacrest. This isn’t the first time the band has targeted Trump. The rock band previously scorned the former president at the American Music Awards in 2016, and responded to Trump’s indictment in August with limited edition merchandise featuring his mugshot. The band’s musical jab at Trump comes as a US House committee investigates the former US president’s efforts to overturn his 2020 election defeat and the 6 January Capitol attack promoted by his supporters. Many critics are raising the flag over a …