Swift is the first to acknowledge that the people listening to this record will never truly understand her whole story - or anyone else's, for that matter. So what happens when Swift writes an album about a person she's still into?
The opening lines reference never trusting "narcissists" even though they love her, with a chorus that rings out a continuous, "They say I did something bad / But why's it feel so good?" The "ocean blue eyes" Swift sings about on Gorgeous nearly certainly belong to Alwyn, a motif that repeats onDancing With Our Hands Tied ("Deep blue, but you painted me golden") and Delicate ("Oh damn, never seen that color blue").
The album's third-to-last track, This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things, is a postmortem of Swift's 1989 era, when she partied with her squad members on Instagram and was buddy-buddy with West, before 2016 arrived and Swift's public persona took a hit.
Calling out Kardashian and West for releasing a recording of conversation with the rapper over his song lyrics in Famous, Swift sang: "Friends don't try to trick you / Get you on the phone and mind-twist you / And so I took an axe to a mended fence". She starts by singing that she is not a fan of the "little games", "your tilted stage" or "the role you made me play of the fool, no, I don't like you". While I love each of the 15 tracks individually, I've chosen to highlight five of the best new tracks right here.
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Since then, the Internet has had its hands full trying to decode all the possible hidden subtext behind Taylor Swift's new songs, and "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" is no exception.
"There I was giving you a second chance, But then you stabbed my back while shaking my hand", she sings.
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Here, we've rounded up six sneaky references T.Swift could be making to Kanye with the song below.
Swift may not want fans to linger on the gossip behind her songs, but when it's as wonderfully told as Getaway Car, honestly, who can blame them? In verse two, she makes it clear that "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" is about burning bridges. She touches on her feelings for him and how the breakup was handles.