Taylor Swift Theology: Beautiful Eyes

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Last Thursday, we covered “Our Song” – the eleventh and last track from Taylor Swift’s 2006 self-titled debut album, Taylor Swift. In 2008, Taylor released Beautiful Eyes, a six-track EP to hold fans over until her second full-length album, Fearless. Beautiful Eyes contains three new songs and alternate versions of three previously released songs from her 2006 debut – “Should’ve Said No,” “Teardrops on My Guitar,” and “Picture to Burn.”

“Beautiful Eyes” is the title track from Taylor’s 2008 EP, also called Beautiful Eyes. It is a love song. Believe it or not, God has written a large number of love songs/psalms, letters, and notes to us through Scripture and through nature. The love of God can be heard in the roar of an ocean’s waves or in the soft whisper of the wind. It can be felt in the gentle patter of a spring rain or in the fierce thunder of a heavy downpour. The love of God is all around us. Another music artist, the band Switchfoot, described God’s love as a song: Ooh, your love is a symphony / All around me, running through me / Ooh, your love is a melody / Underneath me, running to me / Oh, your love is a song.

And sometimes I think of you late at night
I don’t know why
I want to be somewhere where you are
I want to be where

God is thinking of us – not just sometimes, but always. Even when we aren’t thinking of Him, God is thinking of us. The girl in the song doesn’t know why she thinks of her lover, but God knows exactly why He is constantly thinking of us. He thinks of us because He loves us. Everything that He has done and is doing – from creating the world to sending His Son to die for us – is a result of His love. Just how much does God think of us? He thinks of us so much that the thoughts He has about us cannot be numbered. Psalm 139:17 says, “How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. How vast is the sum of them!”

Because God loves us, He wants us to be where He is and does not want to spend eternity without us. John 14:3 says, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”

I want to be everything you need
I want to be where

God is not in need of anything; therefore, He is everything we need. Without Him, we are nothing. Through His Son, God gives purpose to life. Trying to live without Him is meaningless. God is everything. “He isn’t served by people as if He needed anything. He Himself gives everyone life, breath, and everything else” (Acts 17:25). He is more than enough for us.

Read the full lyrics on Genius. Listen to the song below:

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2 thoughts on “Taylor Swift Theology: Beautiful Eyes

    • Hi,

      Thanks for your question!

      As a Christian, it is mainly the lyrics that determine whether or not we should listen to a song or not. Philippians 4:8 is a good guide for this: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” There are many “secular” music artists who are gifted with talent by God to do what they do. And there are many “secular” songs with upbeat melodies and positive lyrics that reflect what is true, right, and lovely without explicitly mentioning God. If this is the case, then there isn’t anything wrong with a Christian listening to positive “secular” songs.

      For expanded thoughts on this matter, check out this Got Questions article: http://www.gotquestions.org/secular-music.html

      I hope this helps you.

      Grace and peace,

      – TVG

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