Whenever new Taylor Swift music drops, it feels like the entire world stops on its axis. Lyrics are analyzed, videos are meme-d, and even people who pretend not to care tweet about it for 24 hours straight. So, what’s next in our endless quest for more information about the inspiration behind her songs?
n a new video, Swift revealed the evolution of a lyric from “Gorgeous” that has the internet buzzin’. It specifically complicates a popular fan theory about one of the most cryptic lines from the song.
According to Cosmopolitan, the final version of the lyric goes like this: “And I got a boyfriend, he’s older than us / He’s in the club doing I don’t know what / You’re so cool it makes me hate you so much.” As Glamour writer Zoe Weiner points out, the mention of a club lends credence to the idea that the lyric is a nod to ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris, who is a well-known DJ.
But it apparently took Swift a while to land on this exact phrasing. In the video, you can hear her playing with other variations that make the intention of the lyrics seem a bit more ambiguous.
Another option she tried out? “And I’ve got a boyfriend, he’s older than us / I haven’t seen him in a couple of months / I go through phases when it comes to love.”
There was also a third version of the line: “And I’ve got a boyfriend, he’s older than us / I haven’t seen him in a couple of months / My reputation precedes both of us.” According to Time, the reveal of the rejected lines now has fans wondering if Swift was initially referring to a different ex — potentially Tom “I <3 TS” Hiddleston.
Maybe she was toying with exactly which ex to rib on this track before settling on the official turn of phrase?
Some fans think the OG lyrics were a bit more.. inspired.
Not everyone is into “the new Taylor,” but even naysayers are having difficulty not listening to this song.
The newly revealed first cuts of “Gorgeous” actually make the story behind it seem even more vague. This BTS look essentially clarifies nothing.