Skip To Content
  • Viral badge

Here Are All The ~Possible~ Taylor Swift References In Katy Perry's New Song

Get ready for more drama.

You're probably aware of the long-running feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.

Larry Busacca / Getty Images

It began in 2014 when Taylor Swift hinted that the song "Bad Blood" was about Katy. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor said the song was about another female pop star who "tried to sabotage an entire arena tour". It didn't take long for fans to deduce that the track was about Katy, thanks to the unearthing of an old interview with some of Taylor's former dancers who said they'd ditched her tour in favour of Katy's.

Then came Taylor's very public falling out with Nicki Minaj, in which Taylor told her, "It's unlike you to pit women against each other."

@NICKIMINAJ I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..

And Katy chimed in with this not-so-cryptic tweet, referencing the success of "Bad Blood."

Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman...

Then, when Taylor's ex Calvin Harris went on a Twitter rant after their breakup last year, he made this reference to Katy.

And Katy responded with this tweet.

Since then, the pair have let things lie.

Getty Images / Via Getty Images

However, Katy has now released a track, "Swish Swish", from her upcoming album. And people are convinced that it's about a certain Taylor Swift.

Let's take a look at the evidence.

The Ellen Show

Here are the lyrics from the first verse:

A tiger
Don't lose no sleep
Don't need opinions
From a selfish or a sheep.
Don't you come for me
No, not today.
You're calculated
I got your number
'Cause you're a joker
And I'm a courtside killer queen
And you will kiss the ring
You best believe

The reference to "Tiger" and "Sheep" are pretty damn interesting.

Epic Records

In her song "Roar", Katy uses a bunch of animal imagery, including the reference to having the "eye of the tiger". There was also a tiger in the video and in the artwork for the single. So Katy could be referring to herself as the "tiger" here. This becomes more interesting with the mention of the "sheep"...

...because the day after Taylor's Rolling Stone interview was released, Katy tweeted this:

Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...

Combining Mean Girls with a biblical reference is probably peak Katy Perry, and everyone took the tweet as a reference to Taylor – and that her sweet and innocent personality ~might not be what it seems~. So in the context of the song, Katy could be saying that she, as the strong tiger, won't be affected by the actions of a sheep – who may or may not be Taylor.

The next line, "Don't you come for me", is pretty 👀 too.

Paramount Pictures

When Katy was asked whether her new album has any response to the song, she answered using words extremely similar to the lyric. Katy said:

I think my new album is a very empowered record. One thing to note is: You can't mistake kindness for weakness, and don't come for me. Anyone.

Then there's a lyric describing the subject of the song as "calculated".

Don't you come for me
No, not today
You're calculated
I got your number

It's a word that has been used to describe Taylor before – and one she hates.

Big Machine Records

The writer of a GQ profile about her noted:

Late in our lunch, I mention something that happened several years ago: By chance, I’d found myself having dinner with a former acquaintance of Swift’s who offhandedly described her as “calculating.” This is the only moment during our interview when Swift appears remotely flustered. She really, really hates the word calculating. She despises how it has become tethered to her iconography and believes the person I met has been the singular voice regurgitating this categorization.

Later in the song there's the line: "Funny my name keeps coming out your mouth."

Kevin Mazur / WireImage

This could be seen as a reference to the number of times Taylor has addressed the feud with Katy – and the way in which the "Bad Blood" era provided her with a lot of media attention, especially in the run-up to the epic video.

And then there's a reference to "karma" and "receipts" in this verse.

Your game is tired
You should retire
You're 'bout cute as
An old coupon expired
And karma's not a liar
She keeps receipts

When Kim Kardashian released audio that seemed to suggest that Taylor knew about the lyrics in Kanye West's song "Famous", #KimExposedTaylor began trending, and many people suggested the incident was karma for the feud with Katy.


This whole kim and taylor thing is proof that God will COME THROUGH FOR YOU. Katy P is proof that karma takes a while, but when it comes 🏃🏾

Like wow, Katy dead ass let Taylor SLANDER her name for years as she sat there and just prayed for karma to catch up. Wow.

i feel sorry for taylor swift but she deserved what she got. *katy perry karma*

And the reference to karma "keeping receipts" evokes a lot of headlines about the feud in which Kim was praised for doing so.

Chris Delmas / AFP / Getty Images

Oh, and finally, there's the fact that Kanye was originally going to call his Life of Pablo album Swish. And we all know that Taylor and Kanye have a long-running feud too.

The full lyrics can be read here.

It seems that plenty of people are interpreting the song as a Taylor Swift diss track.

Well Katy Perry's new song is 100% about Taylor Swift. Those lyrics, ouch. #swishswish

"The karma is not a liar, she keeps receipts." KATY PERRY DRAGGING TAYLOR SWIFT IN HER NEW SONG IH MY GOD

While others just aren't impressed.

So Katy Perry allegedly released a song in response to Taylor's Bad Blood. Oh please.

I legit can't help but laugh at how weak Katy Perry's "clapback" song against Taylor Swift is........... nice try sweetie

Now, of course – we could all be wrong. The song could be about an entirely different person. However, one of Taylor's BFFs, Ruby Rose, has interpreted it as a diss track and publicly hit out at Katy.

Twitter: @RubyRose

In case that needs translating, Katy referred to her new album as "purposeful pop" and released the song "Bon Apetit" earlier this week. "Wit" is a reference to the album title, Witness.

Whether the song is about Taylor remains to be seen, but one thing is clear: This drama looks like it will never end.

Big Machine
  1. Is this song about Taylor Swift?

Oops. Something went wrong. Please try again later
Looks like we are having a problem on the server.
Is this song about Taylor Swift?
    vote votes
    vote votes