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Taylor Swift Continues Taking Shots At Scooter Braun On Folklore As Fans Freak Over Cardigan Video & Easter Eggs!

Happy Folklore day, Swifties!!

Just as she promised, Taylor Swift dropped her eighth studio album at midnight on Friday, along with the official music video (above) for her track Cardigan! Her first foray into the alternative genre, the songstress explained how her latest project unexpectedly came together during the coronavirus pandemic.

But before we get there, the Grammy winner’s loyal fans had more than enough praise to give the musical artist over her 16-track album, accompanying lyric videos, and Cardigan visual clip!

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After Taylor revealed during a live chat with fans over the premiere of Cardigan that there are Easter eggs in lyrics, namely the three songs making up “Teenage Love Triangle,” it didn’t take long for her followers to figure out she was referring to the music video’s track, as well as Betty and August.

As it turns out, number three on the album, The Last Great American Dynasty, is based on the story of Rebekah Harkness and her husband William Harkness, the previous owners of her Rhode Island mansion. Rebekah, also known by her nickname “Betty,” seems to have her story told from the point of view of someone named James, while she tells her story in Cardigan. Then, there’s Inez‘s POV in August.

Interestingly enough, it didn’t take Swifties long to connect the dots between Inez and James, the two names Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds have made public for their daughters. So, would this mean Betty is the name of their third child, supposedly born in August or September 2019?

Conspiracy theories aside, take a look at some of the best reactions (below)!

A deep dive into the lyrics also hint at Swift possibly taking shots at Scooter Braun over his $300 million purchase of Big Machine Label Group last year, which included the masters of her first six albums. On her song My Tears Ricochet, the Cats star sings about an “embittered tormentor,” crooning about her “stolen lullabies”:

“And when you can’t sleep at night (You hear my stolen lullabies)”

Possibly referencing her blog post about Braun’s manipulative move, she also says:

“I didn’t have it in myself to go with grace / And you’re the hero flying around, saving face / And if I’m dead to you, why are you at the wake? / Cursing my name, wishing I stayed”

Additionally, the pop star alludes to Big Machine as her “home,” singing:

“And I can go anywhere I want / Anywhere I want, just not home”

Mad Woman also references a feud over her songs, with her calling out with these lines:

“What did you think I’d say to that? / Does a scorpion sting when fighting back? / They strike to kill, and you know I will / You know I will / What do you sing on your drive home? / Do you see my face in the neighbor’s lawn? / Does she smile? / Or does she mouth, ‘F**k you forever’?”

Tay further sings:

“Every time you call me crazy, I get more crazy / What about that? / And when you say I seem angry, I get more angry”

Before she fires off:

“Now I breathe flames each time I talk / My cannons all firin’ at your yacht / They say, ‘Move on’ but you know I won’t / And women like hunting witches too / Doing your dirtiest work for you / It’s obvious that wanting me dead / Has really brought you two together”

We expected nothing less!

Minutes after Folklore‘s release, the 30-year-old songstress penned a public essay describing the magical and sometimes maddening young love stories behind the lyrics:

“It started with imagery. Visuals that popped into my mind and piqued my curiosity.

Stars drawn around scars. A cardigan that still bears the scent of loss twenty years later. Battleships sinking into the ocean, down, down, down. The tree swing in the woods of my childhood. Hushed tones of ‘let’s run away’ and never doing it. The sun drenched month of August, sipped away like a bottle of wine. A mirrored disco ball hovering above a dance floor. A whiskey bottle beckoning. Hands held through plastic. A single thread that, for better or for worse, ties you to your fate.

Pretty soon these images in my head grew faces or names and became characters. I found myself not only writing my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I’ve never met, people I’ve known, or those I wish I hadn’t. An exiled man walking the bluffs of a land that isn’t his own, wondering how it all went so terribly, terribly wrong. An embittered tormentor showing up at the funeral of his fallen object of obsession. A seventeen-year-old standing on a porch, learning to apologize. Lovestruck kids wandering up and down the evergreen High Line. My grandfather, Dean, landing at Guadalcanal in 1942. A misfit widow getting gleeful revenge on the town that cast her out.”

Taylor continued to depict the meaning of the project, writing:

“A tale that becomes folklore is one that is passed down and whispered around. Sometimes even sung about. The lines between fantasy and reality blur and the boundaries between truth and fiction become almost indiscernible. Speculation, over time, becomes fact. Myths, ghost stories, and fables.

Fairytales and parables. Gossip and legend. Someone’s secrets written in the sky for all to behold.

In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness. Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory. I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve.

Now it’s up to you to pass them down.”

Have U listened to the album yet, Perezcious readers?? Thoughts on Folklore, any favorite tracks?? Or were U just here to find out about the shady lyrics. LOLz!

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Jul 24, 2020 07:51am PDT