Taylor Swift’s latest album, Folklore, is here and it is full of hidden messages!
Swift shocked fans last Thursday by announcing on Instagram that she was releasing her 8th studio album, which was created during the months of quarantine.
Her Instagram caption read, “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise ?”
She continued saying, “Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine.”
Now, Swift is known for the lyrical Easter eggs within her songs, and this album is no exception – Find out all of the hidden messages within Taylor Swift’s newest album Folklore!
“My Tears Ricochet”
As the first song written for the album, “My Tears Ricochet” was written solo by Swift. It’s a song that many fans believe Swift wrote referencing her exit from Big Machine Records and former manager Scott Borchetta.
In the song, Swift sings “You know I didn’t want to have to haunt you / But what a ghostly scene/ You wear the same jewels that I gave you / As you bury me”, which is thought to be mention of her calling out Big Machine Records earlier this year after claiming they released a live album without her consent. And in the same vain, lyrics like “And when you can’t sleep at night / You hear my stolen lullabies”, take a possible dig at Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun over the fact that they own her masters.
The 14th song on Swift’s new album caught the attention of fans as they believe it is the name of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynold’s newest daughter born last September, whose name has not yet been publicly revealed.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Taylor has incorporated Lively and Reynold’s children in her music, if you remember, she used an audio clip of their first child, James, saying the word gorgeous to open up her song “Gorgeous” from her album Reputation.
And the names of Lively and Reynold’s oldest daughters, James and Inez, are included throughout the song as Swift sings “You heard the rumors from Inez / You can’t believe a word she says”, as well as “She said ‘James, get in, lets drive’/ Those days turned into nights.” So, it is totally possible that Swift is revealing Betty to be the name of the couple’s youngest daughter.
“The Last Great American Dynasty“
The lyrics to the song entitled “The Last Great American Dynasty”, tell the story of the history of Swift’s Rhode Island house.
Speaking of composer Rebekah Harkness, who was the former owner of the house, Swift sings lyrics like, “Rebekah rode up on the afternoon train, it was sunny / Her saltbox house on the coast took her mind off St. Louis”.
As for “Mad Women”, the lyrics in this song caught fan’s attention in reference to the social media feud between Swift and Scooter Braun’s wife, Yael Cohen Braun.
With lyrics like, “They say ‘move on,’ but you know I won’t / And women like hunting witches too”, Swift may be addressing Yael’s social media post telling her to “move on” after Swift publicly scorched Scooter Braun for owning the masters to all of her songs.
And the lyrics “Doing your dirtiest work for you / It’s obvious that wanting me dead / Has really brought you two together”, could also pertain to the allegations of Yael “doing Scooter’s dirty work” by publicly addressing the claims against her husband.
In the first verse of “Invisible String”, Swift seemingly acknowledges her boyfriend Joe Alwyn as she sings, “Teal was the color of your shirt / When you were sixteen at the yogurt shop/ You used to work at to make a little money.” While Swifties pointed out that prior to being an actor Alwyn had a job at a frozen yogurt shop in London.
And in the third verse, Swift possibly makes mention of another Joe in her life, saying “Cold was the steel of my axe to grind for the boys who broke my heart / Now I send their babies presents”. The fan-theory is that Swift is noting her relationship with ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas, stemming from the fact that the two are now on good terms and he recently became a dad.
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