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What Taylor Swift's Songs are Really About

July 29, 2015

What are Taylor Swift's songs really about? We decoded the clues.

"Stay, Stay, Stay," Taylor's love song to summer produce

If Taylor Swift is great at writing songs, she's even better at hiding what those songs are about—but she always leaves clues. Take, for example, all of the burgers after the Bad Blood wrap and her love of baking, and then there was this Ina Garten flag cake party. When she sang about lonely Starbucks lovers, we knew we'd cracked the code—they're all about food! Here's what Taylor's songs are really about: 

Can you decode any of Swift's other songs? Tell us in the comments below!

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sexyLAMBCHOPx July 30, 2015
Ok, the recent columns are dating the contributors and myself.
mrslarkin July 30, 2015
I have an entire music video in my head of Blank Space, starring Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Leslie S. July 30, 2015
Love that!
Riddley G. July 29, 2015
Everything Has Changed - an ode to seasonality
Samantha W. July 29, 2015
I Knew You Were Trouble -- cilantro.
Amanda S. July 29, 2015
Kenzi W. July 29, 2015
SAM! Niiiiiice.
Jonah O. July 29, 2015
"Bad Blood" - Undercooked burgers!
"All You Had To Do Was Sauté"
I could go all day :)
Amanda S. July 29, 2015
Keep going, Jonah!
Kenzi W. July 29, 2015
Please never stop.
Jonah O. July 29, 2015
"Red" - More undercooked burgers!!
"Teardrops on My Guitar" - Onions
"Fearless" aka Beer-less.
Sarah J. July 29, 2015
Taylor, we get you!