Taylor Swift Calls Out People Who "Scour Her Lyrics" For Clues, but There's 1 Tiny Problem

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Taylor Swift launched her sixth studio album, Fame, on Nov. 10. The adoring followers who preordered bodily copies of the album have been additionally handled to non-public poetry from the singer, which included a heartfelt and revealing prologue to Popularity. Along with masking our era’s social media habits and the downsides of life within the public eye, Taylor provides a missive concerning the public hypothesis that may naturally comply with as soon as individuals take heed to Status:

When this album comes out, gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the lads they will attribute to every music, as if the inspiration for music is as easy and primary as a paternity check. There shall be slideshows of pictures backing up every incorrect concept, as a result of it is 2017 and should you did not see an image of it, it could not have occurred proper?

Sigh. I’ll cease you proper there.

I am drained. We have been doing this for over a decade. Sooner or later, Taylor has to take duty for her position within the public curiosity in who her songs are about. She’s made a profession out of writing hits about each present boyfriends and exes, a undeniable fact that dates all the best way again to early hits like 2006’s “Teardrops on My Guitar.” Taylor is greater than allowed to do that; she has the inventive proper to precise her creativity nevertheless she needs — however she has additionally performed a big position within the fixed conjecture about her private life via her songs. I might guess most of her followers would admit that half the enjoyable of listening to her music comes from theorizing who these songs are about, whether or not it is an ex-flame, an ex-good friend, or one in every of her cats.

Sooner or later, Taylor has to take duty for her position within the public curiosity in who her songs are about.

So far as “scouring the lyrics” goes: does Taylor actually assume her lyrics are that troublesome to decipher? It wasn’t onerous to infer that a track referred to as “Pricey John” with references to an older man who performed her with “darkish, twisted video games” was written about John Mayer. It was fairly straightforward for followers to select up on the truth that a music titled “Type” can be written about Harry Types. And what about “Dangerous Blood”? From veiled accusations in main publications to a star-studded video that paraded her well-known associates, Taylor principally left us a path of breadcrumbs main straight to Katy Perry’s door. Did Taylor not additionally write rattling close to a whole album a few blink-and-you-missed-it romance with Jake Gyllenhaal and actually depart clues for followers to decode in her liner notes? We did not ask to be let in on such small and intimate particulars of Taylor’s private relationships, however we have been — by Taylor. She will’t maintain pretending that she hasn’t fed the beast.

Taylor’s declare of lyric-scouring additionally implies that that is some kind of phenomenon that solely occurs to her — as if music followers have not been speculating about who their favourite artists are crooning about in love (and breakup) songs because the starting of time. As if audiences weren’t curious to study that Eric Clapton wrote “Layla” about Pattie Boyd or riveted by Justin Timberlake’s Britney Spears clone within the “Cry Me a River” video or spent rattling close to 4 many years making an attempt to determine who Carly Simon thought was “so useless.” Whereas some artists have made it simpler than others to take a position concerning the content material of their music — take Adele, Ed Sheeran, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Beyoncé, for instance — it definitely is not a brand new idea. Music followers will all the time have some degree of curiosity within the inspiration behind their favourite songs. And in her personal methods, Taylor has inspired it.

Let me say it once more, louder for these within the again: that is Taylor’s recreation, and we’re all simply enjoying alongside.