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    Everyone Is Talking About "Betty" By Taylor Swift, And Here’s Why


    Taylor Swift's eighth studio album, Folklore, dropped last night, and fans are in a frenzy.

    Spoiler alert: It's AMAZING.

    But there's one song in particular that people can't stop talking about: "Betty."

    Everyone getting to Betty at the same time is just an internet listening party at its best. #Folklore

    First of all, it's an absolute bop, and probably the song on the album that feels like the most old-school Taylor.

    "Betty" is clearly about a girl named Betty whom the narrator of the song has a thing for:

    Betty lyrics: "Betty I won't make assumptions about why you switched your homeroom but I think it's 'cause of me. Betty, one time I was riding on my skateboard when I passed your house, it's like I couldn't breathe"

    And because it's sung by a girl, people are getting a ~certain vibe~ from it:

    betty (taylor swift, 2020) #folklore

    I literally gasped when I heard, "It's like I couldn't breathe."

    People are speculating that it's about a girl Taylor had a thing for:

    taylor swift leaving the straight community after releasing betty

    While Taylor has become a vocal supporter of LGBTQ rights, she has never stated that she's queer.

    Meanwhile, others are pretty sure that Taylor herself is not the narrator. It's worth noting that Taylor released a letter about the stories behind Folklore, and she does mention some of the songs are from the point of view of other people:

    A letter from Taylor that says "I found myself not only writing my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I've never met"

    In fact, it seems pretty clear that "Betty" is one of three songs Taylor was referring to as the "Teenage Love Triangle":

    the love triangle is betty and james and the girl james cheated with cardigan - betty pov illicit affairs - the girl he cheated with pov betty - james pov i just have the mind of a mastermind tbh

    Who is the narrator, then, you ask? One lyric suggests it's a guy:

    "I was walking home on broken cobblestones just thinking of you when she pulled up like a figment of my worst intentions, she said 'James, get in, let's drive.' Those days turned into nights, slept next to her, but I dreamt of you all summer long"

    HOWEVER, James could be a girl's name. In fact, James and Inez (two characters in the song) are the names of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' daughters.

    🎵| In “Betty" Taylor sings about James and Inez which are the names of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds' two oldest daughters. "You heard the rumors from Inez. You can't believe a word she says... She said James, get in, let's drive. Those days turned into nights.”

    You might remember James from the start of Taylor's song "Gorgeous."

    It seems to be intentionally left unclear whether or not "Betty" is a queer song. And until Taylor lets us know, we don't know the truth. However, it's always pretty awesome to hear a song about loving a girl, sung by a girl.

    Waiting for the 100,000 amazing covers from queer girls that we're about to get.

    I'm seriously hoping that Taylor reveals James to be a girl, but until then...

    i would die for taylor swift

    ...catch me and Halsey running the Taylor Swift Fan Club.