Taylor Swift’s new album, 1989, has just recently been released. Of course, it has caused a frenzy of people giving their opinion on her “new style”. The famous red-lipstick-wearing singer has abandoned her country flair (even though that happened a long time ago), and switched to full on pop. Like every other album, Swift mostly sings about her many ex-boyfriends. She even confirms that in the second track on the album, “Blank Space” : “Got a long list of ex-lovers they’ll tell you I’m insane.” Well, if you said it, Taylor!
But this album seems like it’s focused on one ex in particular. One ex that’s in a band that contains the word “one”. Of course I’m referring to One Direction member and teenage heartthrob, Harry Styles. The clues that aim towards Styles are evident once you listen to the songs and look at the lyrics.
We’ll start with the song “Style”. I’m not kidding, the name of the song is actually Style. Swift talks about a “long hair, slicked back, white t-shirt” ex in the song. For some reason ‘hair’ comes up a lot in the album, such as in the single “Shake It Off” where she calls over a “fella over there with the hella good hair”. Well, Styles does have good hair. But, back to “Style”, it’s about Swift talking to her boy about cheating on her. At one point she screams “Take me home / Just take me home, yeah. Just take me home”. Hm, that’s funny, I think I’ve heard that before. Oh yeah, “Take Me Home” was the name of One Direction’s second album which was released in Nov. 2012, shortly before “Haylor” was official. Another poke at Styles, or just a coincidence?
But “Out of the Woods” might be the song most clearly about Styles. It talks about wanting to know if her relationship is official and if they can be seen together. She actually asks, “Are we out of the woods yet?” over 60 times. Even saying, “Looking at it now, last December we were built to fall apart, then fall back together.” Haylor’s first public outing was in Dec. 2012 in Central Park. And interestingly enough, Swift has a song called “Welcome To New York’ on the album, of course where Central Park is located. Somehow that song now qualifies her to be the new ambassador of NYC. “Out Of The Woods” is most definitely about her at one point secret relationship with Styles.
But not every single song is about Harry. “Bad Blood” isn’t about an ex-boyfriend, but rather an ex-friend. Rumors have been flying that the song is about fellow female popstar, Katy Perry.
Swift told Rolling Stone this about Perry, “’Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies. And it wasn’t even about a guy! It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
Even though Swift claims her feud with Perry has nothing to do with a guy, it may have something to do with it. Perry was seen with Styles at Nobu restaurant in Malibu back in Sept. Could “Bad Blood” be a form of revenge? For some reason, everything always links back to Styles.
Although investigating and looking into the lyrics of 1989 is fun, the album isn’t a masterpiece. It does deliver songs that are catchy and will stick in your head for days, weeks, even months. But Swift always creates songs like that. If you’re a Taylor Swift fan you’ll love it, and if you’re a One Direction fan you’ll love laughing at it.