Friday, October 26, 2012

Taylor Swift 'Red' liner notes: Jake Gyllenhaal gets off easy, plus a song for Ethel Kennedy

Today is the day that a new Taylor Swift album was released, so obviously we're doing our duty as Americans and over-analyzing her lyrics and her not-so-subtle liner note codes.

True to form, Swift painstakingly sifted through the lyrics in her liner notes (which are not only tucked into the CD, but available as an iTunes download) and capitalized specific letters.

Since I have too much time on our hands, I took careful notes and did a whole bunch of research so you don't have to. You're welcome even before you start thanking me LOL.

The first song on the album, "State of Grace," basically says that love is worthwhile even if it's difficult. Her hidden code, LOVE DOESN'T COUNT AFTER GOODBYE, implies a change of heart. Given the reference to Sagittarius and blue eyes, I'm putting this one in the Jake
Gyllenhaal column.

Which brings us to "Red," about a reckless, fast-paced love that ends abruptly. Swift compares this relationship to "driving a new Maserati down a dead-end street," because driving a $140,000 car is totally something most of her fans can relate to. The capital letters on this one spell out SAG -- again, referring to Jake's astrological sign. (In case you're wondering about her obsession with his sign, it's probably because they both share it, and because most of their brief relationship happened during the Sagittarius star sign.

They broke up less than two weeks after his Dec. 19 birthday.) The songs "Treacherous" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" follow, both of them, again, recounting a relationship that was dangerous from the get-go.

Respectively, Taylor's secret codes spell out "WON'T STOP TIL IT'S OVER" and "WHEN YOU SAW ME DANCING." This means very little to me sha.


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