A breakdown of the lyrics and theories surrounding Evermore, Taylor Swift’s ninth album
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We didn't think we'd be back here again so soon. Still, in keeping with 2020's, uh, unprecedented schedule of events, Taylor Swift has dropped her ninth album a mere five months after Folklore. Titled Evermore, the compilation is touted as the sister record to its predecessor; 15 haunting tracks comprising the same stripped-down sound that expands upon existing narratives and expounds on new tales. And while some of said stories are entirely fictional in nature, it seems several are autobiographical — as with most of Swift's work, naturally.
As Serious Journalists committed to the art of tea spillage, it comes as no surprise that we have scoured every track for potential easter eggs, conspiracy theories, and celebrity shade thrown in Evermore's 60-minute duration. Shake the dust off 'em tin-foil hats, folks. Here's everything we've uncovered:
Dorothea could be in reference to Gigi Hadid's baby.
In keeping with tradition where Swift revealed the name of Blake Lively's baby on Folklore, fans have speculated that Dorothea could be Gigi and Zayn's newborn. The trail of evidence supposedly begins on 30 November, where Hadid posted a throwback Instagram post of her baby bump. "August, waiting for my girl," she wrote. Coincidentally, the eighth single off Folklore is titled August — and so is Dorothea on Evermore. We wouldn't put it pass Swift to engage in this level of mind fu*kery, TBH, so this theory is entirely plausible.
Gold Rush is likely to be about ex-flames Harry Styles and... Karlie Kloss?
The Haylor agenda continues. According to fans, lyrics like "What must it be like to grow up beautiful" and "Everybody wants you" are in reference to the Watermelon Sugar singer. Kloss stans, however, believe that Swift's numerous references to "gold" within the track alludes to that one night where both besties were photographed wearing matching gilded flash tattoos. The specific shade has also been brought up in other songs suspected to be about Kloss, including Dress ("Made your mark on me/golden tattoo) and Dancing with Our Hands Tied ("You painted me golden.")
Tolerate It examines Princes Charles' and Princess Diana's relationship.
Swift revealed in an interview with EW that she was inspired by the shows she watched during the lockdown. One of 'em is The Crown, it seems — leading fans to jump upon this theory. We'll admit that most of it fits. "You're so much older and wiser than I" sums up Charles and Diana's 12-year age-gap, while "I take your indiscretions all in good fun/ I sit and listen/ I polish plates until they gleam and glisten," is definitely in line with the extramarital affairs Charles conducted during the course of their marriage.
Coney Island mentions all of Taylor's ex-lovers.
The list includes John Mayor, Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Calvin Harris. Twitter user, @gdemiz, cleverly connected previous mentions of her ex-beaus in songs from prior albums including Out of the Woods and Dear John, where specific lines from each track are altered for their appearance in Coney Island. For instance, Swift sings, "Did I paint your bluest skies the darkest grey?" in Coney, which is rather similar to the stanza in Dear John that states, "You paint me a blue sky/ then go back and turn it back to rain."
Yes, No Body, No Crime is about murder.
A fictional one, of course. Written in collaboration with Haim, it details the story of a woman named Este (after Este Haim) whose husband cheats on her. Swift and gang then take their revenge by killing the dude and dumping his body in a river because... well...poetic justice, we suppose. We're just glad this piece is not in reference to anyone real.