Music·Posted on Jul 26, 202011 Brilliant Fan Theories About "Folklore" By Taylor Swift That Make Me Love It Even MoreSO many questions about "Betty."by Natasha JokicBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink On Friday, Taylor Swift unexpectedly dropped her new album, Folklore — and people have been looking for hidden meanings in the songs pretty much nonstop since then. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: Taylor Swift After all, in the words of Taylor herself, "One thing I did purposely on this album was put the Easter eggs in the lyrics" — which naturally got the whole internet like: 20th Century Fox / UMG If I ever go missing, please send the Swifties on the case. So, without further ado, here are some of the biggest fan theories about Folklore: 1. First, the lyrics of "Betty" announced the name of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively's daughter. genius.com The song references three people: James, Inez, and the titular Betty. Since "James" and "Inez" are the names of Ryan and Blake's first two children, some speculated that Betty must therefore be the name of baby number three. According to People, this one is TRUE. 2. "Cardigan," "Illicit Affairs," and "Betty" are all the same story from three different perspectives. ً @softIylive 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 05:02 AM - 24 Jul 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite TaylorSwiftVEVO / YouTube Although there's some debate as to whether "Illicit Affairs" or "August" is the third part of the love triangle, fans have found some consistent themes of love, youth, and cheating across the songs. Let's use James' cheating as an example: "Cardigan" lyrics include "Chase two girls, lose the one," and "Betty" says, "Slept next to her, but I dreamt of you all summer long." Coincidence????? 3. "Betty" is about a girl Taylor had a thing for. genius.com This isn't the first time fans have suggested that a song of Taylor's is queer. The argument for "Betty" is that the narrator is pretty obviously yearning after the gal — but it's not clear whether that's Taylor herself or a fictitious narrator. Regardless, a lot of people are pretty into this reading, so think what you will. 4. Taylor may have broken up with Joe Alwyn IRL. Jesús Hernandez @jesush0211 idk maybe i’m not listening right but did taylor swift and joe alwyn break up?? 04:09 AM - 24 Jul 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Sure, Folklore isn't the most cheerful album — can't fathom what global events may have shaped that one. Still, Folklore does have a few breakup songs — leading some fans to speculate that Taylor and her partner Joe broke up. For example, lyrics in "The 1" include "But it would've been fun / If you would've been the one." Still, Taylor herself has said that her "imagination has run wild" with this album, so the inspiration behind these lyrics might not be the present day. 5. Joe cowrote two songs on the album. View this photo on Instagram Instagram: Taylor Swift In the above Instagram post, Taylor lists her collaborators — including a "William Bowery." Just one problem: There doesn't seem to be a songwriter or producer with that name. However, "William" is a name in Joe's family, and Bowery appears to be one of the places where the couple spent time when they met. 6. "Mad Woman" is about Game of Thrones. HBO Before we go on with whom Folklore may or may not be about IRL, allow me to throw this one into the pool: "Mad Woman" may be about Daenerys Targaryen. We know that Tay-Tay is a huge fan, and lyrics like, "Does a scorpion sting when fighting back?" and "Now I breathe flames each time I talk" do sound awfully Thrones-esque. Could this song be the best thing to have come out of Season 8? 7. "Cardigan" is about Harry Styles. Hana 🤍 @MissAmericHANA NOT TO BE LOUD BUT THE CARDIGAN MV HAS PARALLELS WITH FALLING BY HARRY STYLES FVCKING HELP ME #CardiganMusicVideo #Folklore 04:13 AM - 24 Jul 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite UMG / Columbia There are certainly some visual parallels between the videos for "Cardigan" and "Falling" by Harry Styles. The two used to date, and we know that Taylor is hardly a stranger to writing about her exes. Let's hope that when you pull at this cardigan's thread, it won't unravel. 8. And "Invisible String" calls out Joe Jonas. Ashley🦋 @swiftlyxjonas taylor swifts still writing lyrics about joe jonas 12 years later makes me feel at home 05:56 AM - 24 Jul 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite Let's take a look at these lyrics: "Cold was the steel of my axe to grind / For the boys who broke my heart / Now I send their babies presents." Know which one of Taylor's exes is about to have a baby? Yup, Joe Jonas. However, these lyrics come afterward: "Hell was the journey but it brought me heaven" — suggesting that Taylor's heartbreaks have led her to a happier love (aka Joe) now. 9. "Epiphany" is about Taylor's grandfather and the coronavirus. genius.com Taylor has said that her grandfather's experience in the military was one of the inspirations behind the album — which certainly appears to be manifested in the first verse in "Epiphany." However, the second verse has lines like, "Hold your hands through plastic now," and references to breathing — potentially drawing parallels between war and the coronavirus pandemic. 10. "My Tears Ricochet" is about Taylor's old songs being owned by Scooter Braun. UMG Okay, so we know Taylor LOVES a good song about people who have wronged her. "My Tears Ricochet" includes the line "You hear my stolen lullabies," which might refer to the fact that Scooter owns master copies of Taylor's back catalog. Other lyrics that support this theory include "You wear the same jewels that I gave you / As you bury me" — i.e., Big Machine is still reaping the benefits of Taylor's music as the label hurts her. 11. Finally, "The Last Great American Dynasty" is about the people who used to own Taylor's Rhode Island home. danial @repugodtion the last great american dynasty is about the former owner of taylor swift's rhode island mansion, Rebekah Harkness. She also known as betty just like one of #Folklore track. HER MIND! 06:17 AM - 24 Jul 2020 Reply Retweet Favorite The song references "Rebekah" and "Bill" — which are the real-life names of the people who used to own Taylor's home in, as the song says, Rhode Island. Plus, the lyrics include "The doctor had told him to settle down / It must have been her fault his heart gave out," which seems to reflect how Bill died and also continues Taylor's motif of exploring sexism in her work. Rebekah's nickname? BETTY. Do you think these theories are totally plausible or a bit of a reach? LMK in the comments!