Taylor Swift surprise dropped her eighth studio album, “folklore,” on Friday, July 24th. Usually Swift is one to drop Easter eggs before and even release a single or two before the album is released, but this time fans went in blind.
However, this time, Swift mentioned that the Easter Eggs are placed in the lyrics. We’ve done our digging and came up with some of the obvious and not so obvious ones.
Even though she mentioned that a lot of this album was stories she made up about characters and other people’s lives, she still dropped hints all throughout because she is an amazing storyteller and songwriter.
Here are the top 5 Easter Eggs you might have missed in Taylor Swift’s album “folklore.”
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Even though most of this album is completely made up by Swift, there are some aspects to it that are real. The story in “betty” is not real, but the people are. Betty, James, and Inez are the names of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ daughters. It was revealed that Betty is the name of their youngest daughter. It was revealed last year that she gave birth, but no other details were released until now.
Swift is a great friend to the couple, and she has used their daughter’s voice in the beginning of her song, “Gorgeous.” Reynolds also makes an appearance in her music video for “You Need To Calm Down.”
The song is also written by her and William Bowery, which many people believe to be her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. There is not a lot on the internet about the co-writer. Plus, William was the name of Joe’s grandfather and the Bowery Hotel has a lot of meaning to the couple.
There are a lot of Easter Eggs in this song, so let’s break them down. First up, is the lyric “Bad was the blood of the song in the cab on your first trip to LA.” This lyric could be in reference to her song “Bad Blood,” assumed to be about her former enemy, Katy Perry. It sounds like that song came on the radio when Joe was coming to LA for the first time.
Then right after that Swift sings, “Bold was the waitress on our three-year trip getting lunch down by the lakes. She said I looked like an American singer.” Many people think the deluxe song, “The Lakes,” which fans have not heard yet, has to do with this song, and may have a deeper meaning to it, perhaps, a band of gold on Swift’s finger.
The line “String that pulled me out of all the wrong arms right into that dive bar” many fans think is connected to her song “Delicate.” In that song, she says “Dive bar on the East Side, where you at?” where she supposedly went out with Joe.
Perhaps the most interesting line of all is “Cold was the steel of my axe to grind for the boys who broke my heart. Now I sent their babies presents.” The only ex of hers that we know who recently had a child was Joe Jonas (with wife Sophie Turner). Could this line be about him?
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This song many people think is the follow-up to the “The Man.” It is a very interesting song. The line “Now I breathe flames every time I talk. My canons all firing 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.” is thought to have been about Scooter Braun.
There was a picture of Scooter on his yacht with a picture of her friend, Karlie Kloss. Kloss is managed by Braun and that is said to have caused their falling out, due to Braun buying Swift’s master. However, the two seem to have rekindled their friendship.
The line “And women like hunting witches too” could be in reference to Braun’s wife speaking up after the whole scandal came out, where she basically called Swift a liar.
This song may have one of the best lines ever on the album. So along with the album, and the “cardigan” music video, Swift also released lyric videos for each song, which are very intricate and detailed.
In “peace,” Swift sings, “But there’s robbers to the east, clowns to the West,” where the West is capitalized. Many people know of her feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, over the famous phone call. Swift doesn’t do things by accident. Also “robbers to the east” could also be referencing Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, who basically robbed her of her masters and all of her life’s work.
So fans believed that she didn’t drop any Easter eggs before this album dropped, but now looking back at it, she definitely did. On Mother’s Day, Swift posted a video of her as a young child, counting. Her song “seven” is about her life growing up in Pennsylvania. Also, the Spotify background on this song is a video of her as a young child. Could that video be an Easter egg that no one thought of?
Did you figure out anymore Easter Eggs? Swift probably left so many more that we will discover down the line.