Round two *ding ding. If you missed Part 1, click here.
Gorgeous – From the get go people assumed it was about Joe. Taylor told the secret session listeners it was about Joe Alwyn. But, here is another song that I don’t think is about Joe, but in fact about Karlie Kloss. There is also confusion about whether the lines “I got a boyfriend, he’s older than us/He’s in the club doing I don’t know what” is about Calvin or Tom. So it’s hard to go on a timeline with this song. But, the song also writes that it isn’t about a guy. Once again, it sounds like she is possibly covering up feelings for a woman.
Getaway Car – Probably the best song on the album, and really does not paint Taylor in the best light. Getaway Car is about her relationship failing with Calvin Harris, and getting into a rebound relationship with Tom Hiddleston right away. She also appears to be apologizing to Tom in this song, knowing for her the relationship wouldn’t last. And clearly indicates, she ended the relationship with Tom.
King Of My Heart – The first verse is about her accepting her new singlehood. But, in the course, and later verses it’s about her meeting Joe, and their relationship flourishing. Seems to be the consistent theme of the album, her meeting Joe, and falling in love with him. The lines of:
“’Cause all the boys and their expensive cars/With their Range Rovers and their Jaguars/Never took me quite where you do”
Seem to be a dig at both Calvin and Tom. Calvin drives a Range Rover and Tom drives a Jaguar.
Dancing With Our Hands Tied – Here Taylor wants to keep a new love secret as to not have it torn apart by the public. There are theories it’s about Calvin, or it’s about Joe. Once again, I’m hanging on to the theory that this could be about Karlie. There are some songs on this album that give off vibes of possible bisexuality. To me, the phrase dancing with our hands tied is hiding whatever love this is, and keeping it in secret.
Dress – Taylor’s sexiest song she’s ever written. And there is no mistaking she is an adult and shedding her squeaky, clean pop image. However, the moment I heard this song, my thought was it has to be about a woman. The first couple of lines the song:
“Our secret moments in a crowded room/They got no idea about me and you”
Makes it seem like Taylor is hiding a much bigger part of herself from everyone. But, it is nice to see Taylor as an adult and singing about drinking and having sex. Both are things that most normal twenty-somethings do in their everyday lives without consequences.
This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things – Kanye and Kim. I think that’s all that needs to be said about this song.
Call It What You Want – The first verse, once again addresses the Kanye drama. That’s one of my biggest gripes with this album. There’s nothing interesting about her drama with Kanye. It’s the now infamous VMA incident, and Kanye’s song and video for “Famous”. I don’t know how much of this needed to be dwelled on in a song about her new love. I know it’s about how Joe built her back up after being down, but the Kanye drama references just felt unnecessary.
New Year’s Day – Here we see a throwback to the old Taylor on the closing track of Reputation. I think Taylor is ready for all the big parties to be over, and focus on her happiness, and creating memories with her close inner circle. I think this stems from her taking a year off of social media, and taking a step back from the public eye. I think she is truly happy, and here she wants this feeling to last.
In conclusion, it’s not as shady or tea spilling, as I wanted Reputation to be. She has overblown the drama between her and Kanye for just two incidents. I’m sure they hurt, but she needs to learn to be the bigger person here. I was also surprised by how much flack Tom got compared to Calvin, but this might actually make sense in the grand scheme of things. Now hear me out on this, Calvin is essentially the Taylor Swift of DJs and producers right now. Should she ever want to work with him in the future, it wouldn’t be in good taste for her to totally diss him.
And, as far as people being upset over the amount of times she references drinking, and sex, she’s an adult. There’s no need to be concerned about the number of times she mentions drinking, she is going to be 28 in December. Most adults enjoy an adult beverage from time to time; it’s not a big deal. But, it was nice to see this adult side of her. It makes her more relatable to me, as a woman in her late twenties too.
Reputation isn’t her best album, but I think it was a necessary album for her to make sound wise, and lyrically.