Taylor Swift announced her new album “Red” on Monday (Aug. 13) to fans via a live webchat and also debuted her new subtly titled song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which promptly led folks to immediately begin dissecting the lyrics in hopes of figuring out which ex-boyfriend she’s singing about this time.
Swift doesn’t give us many clues to go on other other than the fact that this guy listens to indie music, but she does shed a little light on the song’s inspiration.
“This guy walks in who is a friend of my ex’s and starts talking about how he’s heard we’re going to get back together. And that was not the case,” Swift tells “Good Morning America” on Tuesday. “So I start telling them the story: break up, get back together, break up, get back together — just, ugh, the worst! And I picked up the guitar and [songwriting partner Max Martin] said, ‘This is what we’re writing.'”
And during Monday’s chat, she also clued us in on the reasoning behind the name of the album.
“[The songs] are all pretty much about … the tumultuous … semi-toxic relationships I’ve experienced in the last two years,” Swift says. “In my mind all of those emotions are red. … I’m trying not to be too cryptic with it but I’m also trying to not give it all away … hiding little codes in lyrics.”
Is one of those “little codes” in the name of the album itself even? Perhaps it’s about a certain ginger that did Swift wrong.
But we can dream that Swift got some inspiration from watching reruns of “My So-Called Life” (since the 22-year-old singer would have been about 5 when the show aired the first time) and named the album after something much more esoteric than a dude.
Remember when Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto) on “My So-Called Life” sang that song “Red” to Angela Chase (Claire Danes), and she was like, “OMG! This song is totes about me! Because I have this crazy red hair!” — except with a lot more pauses and “like”s interspersed and without the “OMG” and “totes” because that would have been way too cutesy for an alterna-teen like Angela.
Anyway, later after Jordan stands Angela up for a meet-and-greet with her parents, he tells Rickie that the “shelter from the storm” he’s singing about in the song “Red” is his car.
Yeah, so Taylor’s album title is just like that. Maybe.
Dissect Jordan’s song for yourself below, and then have a crack at deciphering the clues in Swift’s new tune. Some redheaded dude may be very disappointed when he finds out she named her album for her shade of lipstick rather than his ‘do.