I’ll try to do something really pretentious, or at least unexpected. At first, I need to say I’m a truly fan of T.S. and, even when she doesn’t drop something that I like enterally, I’ll still think that is a masterpiece. But, oh God, I wasn’t expecting THE masterpiece folklore. And I swear, I’m addicted on this album like I’ve hadn’t been in a loooong time. Even with her work, I think the last album of her that I listen like this is 1989 and Red before it. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, because is too recent, but I bet. Really bet.

The point in here is not the fact that I almost worship this lady, but the fact that the release of this album kind of join with the fact of other addiction. I am truly in love with the book Normal People of Sally Rooney, the content involved me and all my feeling like nothing in the literary world made in a long time. And I don’t know if I liked (and we are slowing getting near to the point of this article) the story/book because itself or for the similarity with ALL the song in folklore. I will prove, and in the end (probably because will take a long time and I'll get time to think and rethink about) we’ll see if really have a point.

Actually, I’ll basically catch the lyrics with my perspective of connection between them and the story. Proving my point, not it’s right.

And, for last, it’s kind obvious that will contain spoilers

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the 1

For me, this one represents the time that Marianne and Connell were apart before college. Like you can hear the song as thoughts they had during that months alone from each other existence.

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I guess you never know, never know
And if you wanted me, you really should've showed
And if you never bleed, you're never gonna grow
And it's alright now

All the things that changes help you to really grow. And bleed because hurts, of course.

But we were something, don't you think so?

Hell, they were perfect together

In my defense, I have none
For never leaving well enough alone

Defenseless because you look for the past, and the past is the cruel warrior that you don’t have weapons to fight.

I persist and resist the temptation to ask you
If one thing had been different
Would everything be different today?

Of course, they were so proud that questioning would never ever happened, and if had happened, everything would be different.

cardigan

The end of high school, before the ball. The relationship was in an intense moment, and Connell decided not to call Marianne for the prom.

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When you are young, they assume you know nothing

When young, they were lost, but they knew quite deep the real thing.

And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

This part talks about the school dynamic, the real connection between them. Connell was the only person thar honestly looked for Marianne in the town.

A friend to all is a friend to none

Connell was always around everybody, but never close.

But I knew you
Playing hide-and-seek and
Giving me your weekends, I
I knew you
Your heartbeat on the High Line
Once in twenty lifetimes

Connell literally only gave his weekends and afternoons for Marianne, but they could had had so much more if they only could permit... What they felt (and continuing having after that, we’ll see) is only once in twenty lifetimes.

To kiss in cars and downtown bars
Was all we needed
You drew stars around my scars
But now I'm bleedin'

Connell understood the loneliness of Marianne, but was too irresponsible with her feelings (and his too, in the end he discovered this detail).

But I knew you'd linger like a tattoo kiss
I knew you'd haunt all of my what-ifs
The smell of smoke would hang around this long
'Cause I knew everything when I was young
I knew I'd curse you for the longest time

Is the moment when Marianne doesn’t understand her feelings, the questioning with “what if this have happened...” Connell have marked her, and the presence in each other's life were present, reminiscent...

And I knew you'd come back to me

That’s real, and really beautiful. They find each other again, after some time.

the last great american dynasty

This song stands itself meaning so strong in the album that you can almost doubt about the relation with the story, but looking to close... You find out is about Marianne.

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There goes the most shameless woman
this town has ever seen
She had a marvelous time ruining everything

Basically, talking about Marianne position against the town. It’s always too harsh being different in a small city.

Who knows, if I never showed up
what could've been

In this point, I imagine that even them both know this and find themselves asking this. Connell probably would never have gone to Trinity, and Marianne would have never found the only one little particle of real love in her life.

exile

Well, well... The poor communication my God. The millennial stuff really summed up on these two: insecurity (Marianne) and anxiety (Connell), the combo of disaster.

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You're not my homeland anymore
So what am I defending now?
You were my town, now I'm in exile, seein' you out
I think I've seen this film before

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I'm not your problem anymore
So who am I offending now?

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All this time
We always walked a very thin line
You didn't even hear me out (You didn't even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
All this time
I never learned to read your mind
(Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn't turn things around
(You never turned things around)
'Cause you never gave a warning sign
(I gave so many signs)
So many signs, so many signs
You didn't even see the signs

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Crying in Irish.

my tears ricochet

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Even on my worst day, did I deserve, babe
All the hell you gave me?
'Cause I loved you, I swear I loved you
'Til my dying day

They both can say this to each other, they’re so lost in the world that will always exist scars.

'Cause when I'd fight, you used to tell me I was brave

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And I can go anywhere I want
Anywhere I want, just not home
And you can aim for my heart, go for blood
But you would still miss me in your bones

They’re in each other existence, in each other bones... So sad, my God, and not even their fault entirely.

mirrorball

Marianne was always insecure and submisse. I kinda felt this one is like her sayind these things to Connell.

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I want you to know
I'm a mirrorball
I'll show you every version of yourself tonight
I'll get you out on the floor
Shimmering beautiful
And when I break, it's in a million pieces

She would do anything he wanted, goddamnit!

Hush, when no one is around, my dear
You'll find me on my tallest tip-toes
Spinning in my highest heels, love
Shining just for you
Hush, I know they said the end is near
But I'm still on my tallest tip-toes
Spinning in my highest heels, love
Shining just for you

They shine in secret; their love is recluse... Unfortunately.

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I want you to know
I'm a mirrorball
I can change everything about me to fit in
You are not like the regulars

She could change all her essence to fit the demands... I’m so sorry for her, for being like this.

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I'm still on that tightrope
I'm still trying everything to get you laughing at me
I'm still a believer, but I don't know why
I've never been a natural, all I do is try, try, try
I'm still on that trapeze
I'm still trying everything
to keep you looking at me

I can hear Marianne scream this in the moment before her freedom.

I'm a mirrorball
And I'll show you every version of yourself tonight

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seven

This song is about difficult childhood and someone trying to safe this person, who are really loved. When the love come out of you house walls.

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I was too scared to jump in

Always insecure because of the background. Past is a chain to close to your neck.

Are there still beautiful things?

Even in the middle of so much pain, despair and insecurity... Is still beautiful things in the world?

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Cross your heart, won't tell no other

The secretness is always a temptation.

And I've been meaning to tell you
I think your house is haunted
Your dad is always mad and that must be why
And I think you should come live with me
And we can be pirates
Then you won't have to cry
Or hide in the closet
And just like a folk song
Our love will be passed on

Someone could have rescued her... And everything would be different.

august

A song about a secret relationship... Nothing else to explain.

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Whispers of "Are you sure? "
"Never have I ever before"

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But I can see us lost in the memory

And I can see us twisted in bedsheets

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Back when we were still changin' for the better
Wanting was enough
For me, it was enough
To live for the hope of it all
Canceled plans just in case you'd call
And say, "Meet me behind the mall"
So much for summer love and saying "us"
'Cause you weren't mine to lose
You weren't mine to lose

this is me trying

In a story who talks a lot of mental issues and problematic background, hearing these lines is like hearing someone really begging for being understood.

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I've been having a hard time adjusting
I had the shiniest wheels, now they're rusting
I didn't know if you'd care if I came back
I have a lot of regrets about that
Pulled the car off the road to the lookout
Could've followed my fears all the way down
And maybe I don't quite know what to say
But I'm here in your doorway

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I just wanted you to know that this is me trying

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And it's hard to be at a party
when I feel like an open wound
It's hard to be anywhere these days
when all I want is you
You're a flashback in a film reel
on the one screen in my town

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illicit affairs

So, we basically arrive in the song that describes the initial of the relationship between Connell and Marianne. The lyric says all, but the deep hurtful sound of the melody and the instrumental construction make us feel the little sorrows everywhere in a situation like that. Is too soft, but too vulnerable, even when it’s “wrong”.

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Make sure nobody sees you leave
Hood over your head, keep your eyes down
Tell your friends you're out for a run
You'll be flushed when you return
Take the road less traveled by
Tell yourself you can always stop

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And that's the thing about illicit affairs
And clandestine meetings and longing stares
It's born from just one single glance
But it dies and it dies and it dies
A million little times

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So you leave no trace behind
Like you don't even exist

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Take the words for what they are
A dwindling, mercurial high
A drug that only worked
The first few hundred times

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You showed me colors you know
I can't see with anyone else

Look at this idiotic fool that you made me
You taught me a secret language
I can't speak with anyone else
And you know damn well
For you, I would ruin myself
A million little times

invisible strings

It’s a beautiful and cheerful song about true love, and I kinda like the idea of soulmates that transcend this life. The song is about it, and the couple too.

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Time, curious time
Gave me no compasses, gave me no signs
Were there clues I didn't see?
And isn't it just so pretty to think
All along there was some
Invisible string
Tying you to me?

A string that pulled me
Out of all the wrong arms

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Hell was the journey but it brought me heaven

I picked this line because, otherwise most people, I think that was a happy ending, I imagine them together even with all that. He left, but what’s up? He will go back and they’ll be together again. They’ll be together forever, it’s that simple. Once in twenty lifetimes, you just don’t lose this.

mad woman

Basically, not about them both, but how the school saw Marianne during all high school.

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What did you think I'd say to that?
Does a scorpion sting when fighting back?

epiphany

I know the meaning behind this song is not romantic, but the theme in this article is, so here the lines:

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And some things you just can't speak about
With you I serve, with you I fall down, down
Watch you breathe in, watch you breathing out

That’s always things you can’t express, can’t put in words... But they always will be together.

betty

This one is about someone who cheated trying apologize with the person who was betrayed, so I relate with the part when Connell called Rachel for the ball.

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I won't make assumptions
About why you switched your homeroom, but
I think it's 'cause of me

The moment when Marianne stops going to school.

The worst thing that I ever did
Was what I did to you

Well, the first steep that would be prevented, uh? If Connor never did that, if he would’ve questioned Marianne to go to prom... Oh God, too many feelingss.

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I'm only seventeen, I don't know anything
But I know I miss you

Connor almost said these exactly lines to the voicemall he send her omg.

Slept next to her, but
I dreamt of you all summer long

That was so true. He spend the summer dating Rachel, but never forget Marianne.

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Will you kiss me on the porch
In front of all your stupid friends?
If you kiss me, will it be just like I dreamed it?
Will it patch your broken wings?

Funny that if these exactly scene would had happened in the story, all the painful events that kept them apart would be prevented. The broken wing wouldn’t even ever been broken in first place.

peace

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Our coming-of-age has come and gone
Suddenly this summer, it's clear
I never had the courage of my convictions
As long as danger is near
And it's just around the corner, darlin'
'Cause it lives in me
No, I could never give you peace

They both are pretty messed up with their feeling and with their heads... Therapy would be nice, and give peace.

All these people think love's for show
But I would die for you in secret

Once again, we can talk about the beginning of the relation.

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Your integrity makes me seem small
You paint dreamscapes on the wall
I talk shit with my friends
It's like I'm wasting your honor

The part when Connell starts to hang out with Marianne and her college friends.

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And you know that I'd swing with you for the fences
Sit with you in the trenches
Give you my wild

Marianne was always submiss to him, is sad condition, but her nature. That’s way they both matches so perfectly together; Connell would ever respect her.

I'd give you my sunshine, give you my best
But the rain is always gonna come if you're standin' with me

Always, in all relations.

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The devil's in the details, but you got a friend in me
Would it be enough if I could never give you peace?

hoax

Well, we’ve come to an end and probably the song that, for me, describes almost the entire relation between them: is love, a true love, but it always hurt. In their case (Marianne and Connell) because does not exist communication. A big abyss between the entirely understanding of feelings. The thing you can feel, but never touch, never hold... No control.

This has broken me down

Both will get new pieces of themselves everytime, always breaking.

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Stood on the cliffside screaming, "Give me a reason"

The reason is that their feelings is the only thing real true to convincing them to their existence.

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Don't want no other shade of blue but you
No other sadness in the world would do

They both have the kind of sadness that match, like two pieces of a puzzle.

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My best laid plan
Your sleight of hand
My barren land
I am ash from your fire

It’s so delicate, but so violent in the same time.

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You knew it still hurts underneath my scars
From when they pulled me apart

Both are injured from past, they’re marked.

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You knew the password so I let you in the door
You knew you won

Only they both could ever understand each other.

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My only one
My kingdom come undone

It’s never a fairytale, but they're even lucky to find something real pure and intense in a lifetime.

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