Bandaids don’t fix bullet holes; or why we’re holding onto decades of pain

1I sometimes like to picture Taylor Swift as a screamo singer from 2003. She likely had her Myspace Top 8 filled with bands or other teenaged girls with overexposed profile pictures. Her favorite song started playing right when the page loaded and there were probably all sorts of bells and whistles added because, you know, Myspace.

What made me start picturing this was her newest single, “Bad Blood.” The bridge of the song sounds like it should’ve been originally sang by Senses Fail or Finch. It says:

Bandaids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts

After the she premiered the video for “Bad Blood” at the Billboard Music Awards, that first line stuck in my head:

Bandaids don’t fix bullet holes.

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