The World Moves On, Another Day, Another Drama
Most people have moved on from talking about TSwift, but I have had one last (hopefully) Look What You Made Me Do revelation. I've been listening to her old catalogue over the last few days, and this morning on my way to meet some youths for coffee it hit me:
The song is about her. She's singing to herself.
Go with me here on one last ride on the Taylor Swift Theory Train. And then I promise I'm done. At least until November 10th (or until she surprises us before that and releases another song.)
The "She's Singing To Herself" Theory
We all know that Taylor messed up. Her lie about the Kanye song forced Kim to expose her, and since then she disappeared from the limelight, supposedly took a long hard look at herself in the mirror, and began to write the songs that make up the new album.
Via the video, we know that the Reputation the album is named for is her own.
It's the dead/zombie Taylor who starts singing:
I don't like your little games
Don't like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don't like you
This is the New Dead Taylor singing to the past version of herself-- to who she used to be. The little games she played with Kim and Kanye have led her to this point: the death of her good girl reputation. How do I know this? HER OWN TILTED STAGE, YO.
This was from her 1989 tour, which is arguably the height of her popularity and fame.
Zombie Tay is upset with herself for getting to this point-- Isn't cool, no, I don't like you (oh!)
The getting harder and smarter in the nick of time? Rising up the from the dead? This is the new Taylor speaking: Zombie Taylor. Tarnished Reputation Taylor. Dead Taylor is singing to HERSELF I TELL YOU.
My translation: "Look what you made me do, Old Taylor. Look at it! You ruined it! You couldn't be cool for like 2 seconds and not lie and now I gotta drag myself up outta this grave and get to work."
I don't like your kingdom keys
They once belonged to me
Again, this is so obvious to me now. I think all the Kanye/Kim/Katy hints were just fuel for the fire of speculation: she's singing to herself. She used to rule the Pop Kingdom, and now she sits on a throne of lies. A literal throne of snakes. She's embracing all the things that people have criticized her for, and now she's this new person: a New Taylor.
The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure
Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours
All she thinks about is what she deserves-- the karma is her own. And here she is, standing on the heap of the past versions of herself that got her where she is. The "all" she's talking about here, getting what they deserve? It's her. As the Taylors come tumbling down, all of her past accomplishments come crashing down, too.
But in the end... who's standing on the top of the heap?
I don't have many more thoughts on that, but I suppose we'll find out for sure once the new album comes out. I've still got my fingers crossed for a country ballad apology song, but we shall see!