So, on Friday, me & @captiveharts read the lyrics of this song almost at the
same time, and then when we started discussing them, we realized we both had
thought the same thing. Yes, we do think it’s a song about stunting, and we
do think it’s about a stunt in particular. Not b*bygate, though, but H*ylor
(that is probably the stunt lol). And Harry saying this song started as
a joke at the Breakfast Show with Nick, made us think this probably started as
a “you know, i really need to get this off my chest” thing: it started as a
joke meaning that he probably wanted to make fun of her and of her habit of
writing about her exes. It was probably just “a bit of a banter,” & then at
some point, they must have gone like “you know, this could be good,” &
turned into a proper song.
But with no further delay, let’s start our analysis.
worked her way through a cheap pack of cigarettes
Hard liquor mixed with a bit of intellect.”
first line can be a metaphor of how TS started from the bottom as a Miss Nothing
& then turned into a pop princess/America’s sweetheart™,
second line can be about how business-woman-alike she always acts. Everyone
always says – even if she enjoys acting like a naive little girl – she’s
actually really smart (& she knows it).
all the boys, they were saying they were into it,”
“all the boys” are obviously all the men TS stunted with
of whom are surrounded by gay rumours,
every single rom-com cliché (no, Tom Hiddleston, I haven’t forgiven you yet for
going around with that hideous I <3 TS tank top)
“Into it” can also be interpreted as a way of
accepting a deal, & getting along with it.
a pretty face, on a pretty neck.”
this one really need an explanation?
New York, baby, always jacked up,
Whole tunnels, foreign noises always
NYC plays a big role both in TS’ personal life, and for the whole length
of that mess that was H*ylor.
lines Harry & his co-authors wrote seem in fact to mock a bit TS’s Welcome
to New York (Walkin’ through a crowd, the village is aglow / Kaleidoscope of a
loud, heartbeats under coats)
and Taylor are papped several times together in NYC:
first time they were spotted together was in Central Park
went to 1D’s after party after their concert at the MSG,
were both papped again in NYC while leaving their hotels
were seen together at the Jingle Ball’s backstage
of course there’s the whole super yikes NYE ball drop thing.
she’s alone, she goes home to a cactus,”
is probably the most “obscure” line in the whole song, but we thought it could
mean that she’s basically going home alone, finding nothing but a plant in her
empty house. TS likes surrounding herself with people – her “squad”, her
countless boyfriends – but at the end of the day, these are mostly stunts. We
don’t know which relationships she has are actually real (*cough* Karlie i
know you’re real *cough*), but most of them are probably just for the sake
of the press and the media.
a black dress, she’s such an actress,”
is actually known for wearing a lot of black dresses/outfits
referred to herself as “the girl in the dress” in Dear John (The girl
in the dress cried the whole way home and The girl in the dress wrote
you a song).
the actress thing, well:
is literally an actress as well since she played a couple of roles in some
movies (Valentine’s Day, The Giver, etc),
she’s an actress metaphorically because of all
of her stunts & the girl next door image she’s built for herself.
with this line, Harry also seems to mock an old TS’s song, Better Than
Revenge, where on her turn, she was mocking a girl who had “stolen her
boyfriend from her” (She’s not a saint & she’s not what you think / she’s
an actress, oh oh / she’s better known for the things that she does / on the
mattress, oh oh).
me crazy, but I’m into it, but I’m into it, I’m kinda into it,
It’s getting crazy, I think I’m losing it, I think I’m losing it.”
first of all, crazy. Harry repeats it twice in each chorus, & he
stresses it when he sings it.
is definitely a word that comes up to everybody’s mind when they think of TS:
of the psycho girlfriend image that has been build up around her public persona
(there are loads of parodies on Youtube, media have often talked about it)
eventually, she has – very smartly – referenced it herself in Shake It Off
and especially Blank Space (and in fact she acts like a psychopath in
the Blank Space music video, mocking the idea that the GP & the
media have of her).
“crazy” is a term she often uses in her own songs as well,
Picture To Burn (Tell you friends I’m obsessive & crazy, that’s fine,
I’ll tell mine that you’re gay),
■ I’m Only Me When I’m With You (You drive me crazy half of the time), etc
uses it in the initial monologue in the I Knew You Were Trouble music
she has a whole song called Crazier.
whole “into it” escalation, on the other hand, seems like a young Harry
trying to convince himself that this stunt won’t be this bad:
managers were probably telling him how a good idea this would be, how his
popularity would increase, he must have told himself that he would have survived this, that he’d have managed to appear
to realize that no, he wouldnt have been able to do this cause the whole stunt was
getting insane, and that H*ylor was the worst thing ever (for both him &
Louis), and that’s why he then proceeds to sing “I think I’m losing it”.
think she said ‘I’m having your baby, it’s not of your business’”.
course, this is a metaphor. this girl mentioned in this song sounds extremely
bossy, and lowkey psycho, and that’s a great description for TS (her public
persona, at least).
is TS saying: “I want all the promo I can get, and I don’t care if you hate it.
We signed a deal, so now shut your mouth cause I’m getting what I want.” She’s
stubborn, she doesn’t think about him anymore, she just wants to help herself
and, indeed, she has done that even way after the end of H*ylor, publicly
shading Harry, and implying that great part of 1989 (& not only) was
written about Harry (and by the way, there have also been rumours, back during H*ylor, that TS was indeed pregnant of Harry).
○ Harry might have also take inspiration from another stunt (*cough cough* b*abygate *cough cough*) for this particular line
“She sits beside me like a silhouette,
Hard candy dripping on me till my feet are wet.”
are the infamous lines that made people accusing Harry of encouraging pedophily
(yikes). First of all, we definitely don’t think Harry was aware of the
metaphorical meaning of “hard candy” (I had no idea either), and we
actually think that “hard candy” is just the name of a drink, a very girly one
btw, that for sure would fit TS’s sweetheart image, and of course it’d make
sense since Harry sings that “it’s dripping on him till his feet are wet.” (And
btw, there’s also a scene in the Blank Space mv where Taylor eats a hard
candy & the camera focuses on her face).
now she’s all over me,”
she was quite literally all over him during H*ylor
she made sure to stay all over him with all the songs she implied were about
like I paid for it, it’s like I paid for it, I’m gonna pay for it.”
here might refer initially to the whole stunt thing: their
relationship is nothing but a fauxmance, it’s literally hiring someone to play
then, he refers to when the realization of what was going on sank in: he was gonna pay the consequences for this
stunt for a long, long time (in fact, he still is since media still ask him
conclusion, this song seems to us Harry’s reply at all the songs she implied
were about him, at all the very obvious attempts of shading him she’s done
through the years. But this song, this is not a Style 2.0, it’s not even
another Perfect. This is extremely subtle, and one can get the
reference only reading carefully into the lyrics. It’s Harry’s way to get back
at her, but in a classy way (unlike hers), and by mocking Better Than Revenge,
he’s basically saying: “Take this, Taylor. There is nothing I do
better than revenge.”
Remember “A Date With Markiplier” one of the endings you can escape but right before you can leave dark comes on screen for a second and then it goes back to being in the jail holding cell thing. If you waited there was another option where warf showed you “who you really were”. And that ending was labeled “true ending”. Question: why was warf there if this primarily centered around dark? Well warf and dark were working together. Dark controlled the game and had it truly end with warf
In “Markiplier TV” the ending had all the characters and it seemed to be primarily controlled by warf. It’s been confirmed that dark and warf are the heads of the table(the most important positions of the group). Personally I felt that dark was addressing just him and warf (not the entire group) especially about taking control. Also there was an implication of a strong and deep relationship between the 2-like how dark was the first to speak and how dark said he respected warf
Conclusion: warf and dark have worked together and we can probably expect something (possibly big) from them in the future
”I still have you in my phone under ‘don’t call’ even though it’s been years and I just accidentally sent you a rickroll oops” au
“this is so unfair there’s this song getting popular and the singer sounds like you and all these lyrics almost sound like they could be about me but you’re singing about lost love and you weren’t in love with me wait I’m watching the music video and crying and hey that’s definitely you wtf” au
“oh my god i just hit someone with my car and it’s you hey i’m sorry are you okay please don’t sue?” au
“we’re romantic leads in a play and hey what ruined our friendship again OH YEAH THIS INSANE CHEMISTRY this isn’t awkward at all” au
“you’re famous and just got asked if you were ever in love this should be good– WAIT WHAT” au
“so i know we just reunited but mind explaining how your whole life went to hell?” au
“you just liked a three year old photo of me on instagram i didn’t even know you had an account” au
“something came up and now i’m really scared you’ll spill this old secret of mine please don’t do that” au
“i’m a nurse and oh my god what happened why are you here i can’t lose you a second time” au
“did you know when you meet your soulmate ‘x’ happens? the government’s kept it under wraps but i just found out and i think we should try again cause i always assumed it was coincidence but that thing happened when we met” au
“i’m moving and i know this is a long-shot but want my dog?? you’re the only other person it ever liked and i hate you but i love it” au
“i thought you hated me but i just accidentally sent you a booty text and you accepted and i am seriously considering it” au
“so i didn’t know why you dropped contact with me and i just found out and here’s how i totally did not do that” au
“we’re texting for the first time in forever and i told you about some stupid thing i did and sent a sarcastic ‘you must really miss me, huh’ and you just replied ‘yes’ and i think my heart just broke” au
“our best friends are dating you’re still the spawn of satan though” au
“i just found out through social media/mutual friends that you’re gay/bi/pan/etc. do you know how many times i did not make a move” au
“we’ve been chatting online and we get on really well and oh that explains it” au (bonus: i totally told you about my crappy ex oops it you)
come on like how many things can be considered coincidences? like 1 thing is blue and green that might be a coincidence (it isn’t but lets pretend), then there’s the entire story of them meeting casually falling in love travelling the world together from one timezone to another and then getting married and watching the sun together after living adventures which sounds FAMILIAR but okay, and then you notice that the video literally begins with them being at the same gig and not knowing it but then once outside they meet and they fall in love just like that…………..like come on COME ON
I just realised what it is and what it DOES. So ever since this panel happened, it’s been on the back of my mind, and now that the comic is over and I’ve done theories on the Metastuck and found the Apotheosis and Creation Myth theory which is to me the perfect explanation of all things Homestuck, THIS fucking thing still held the one plot thread I couldn’t explain with Alternate timelines, and that seemed a bit too Deus Ex Machina for me to actually enjoy much. “Oh, the last frog? Echidna just helped me remember it was not in the Medium! It was back at my island!” Why. Why would it be back at her island?
And yesterday when I talked to a friend about the ending, I realised. It’s Game Design. Now hear me, I quote from the comic itself:
PCG: WHAT. ?GG: oh right ?GG: where the last frog is! ?GG: or was… ?GG: the thing is ?GG: the frog we need is nowhere to be found in the medium ?GG: it was on earth! ?GG: but only very briefly ?GG: it was when i was young ?GG: before i woke up on prospit ?GG: i had begun sleep walking ?GG: both on the island and on the moon ?GG: and in my dream it was very bright ?GG: i saw something in the light ?GG: i couldnt tell what it was so i got closer
?GG: later my grandpa made a robot for me to help me with my sleep walking ?GG: it could do all the walking while i stayed safe in bed! ?GG: it could also record my dreams ?GG: i am sure he always knew my dreams were going to be special ?GG: i suspect he knew it before i was even born
That’s it. the hint has been there all along. This was when Jade started sleepwalking, and that is not just a coincidence. This is the thing that caused the Sleepwalking in the first place. The ‘Seed’ shape glowing in the middle of Prospit, that bright light, has always symbolised a Game Construct, something the game does. Be it the place from which the Temple emerges, the lily time capsule storing people and items within, that’s the main symbol of SBURB that says it’s a mechanic of the game. Now, to explain this I have to take Kanaya, the other Space Player, as an example:
GA: I Woke Up A Long Time Ago GA: I Had Trouble Sleeping When I Was Young GA: The Sunlight Was Unnaturally Invigorating To Me I Guess GA: My Lusus Could Do Nothing To Help GA: And When I Was Supposed To Be In My Cocoon I Would Often Wander Out To The Desert GA: Where One Day I Was Visited By A Stranger Who Dressed And Spoke In White GA: He Put Me To Sleep And I Awoke On Prospit GA: Where I Have Dreamed Ever Since GA: He Said He Was My Guardian GA: And Though He Visited Rarely I Did Regard Him As That GA: Then Later He Stopped Coming GA: In Time I Began To Believe He Was A Figment Of My Mind GA: Like An Imaginary Friend To Give Me Reassurance When I Needed It GA: But Then While Playing Our Game I Learned He Was Real GA: He Had Spoken To Others From Our Party GA: And Had Been Manipulating Us All To Advance His Schemes GA: It Was Saddening To Learn My Fortuitous Awakening Had Been The Product Of A Nefarious Ploy GA: Youre Lucky That Your Awakening Probably Had No Such Entanglements GG: jeez, i hope not… GA: But I Guess Its Only A Minor Contamination Of Something Otherwise Great GA: I Was Allowed To See What Skaia Would Show Me GA: And To Prepare For Dangers Ahead And Try To Protect People
Of course, one could argue it was Bec who allowed Jade to wake up in Prospit, but she spent her entire life with her dog, and it was only after the Frog Event and Jadebot’s construction that she actually woke up there. So everything hints to the fact that the Final Frog is the Trigger that wakes up Space Players in Prospit. Kanaya didn’t need it, because Doc Scratch woke her up. Doc Scratch manipulated others to his whims, so the fact he only visited her a few times and then disappears means he had little interest in what he could get from Kanaya. Which bid the question to me, what did he want from her in such short time?
The Frog is what he wanted. He zapped himself on Alternia, and woke Kanaya up, thus making sure she didn’t wake up the proper way. He became the trigger of her awakening, making it so that Kanaya never saw this Final Frog in the past, and didn’t remember in the future, causing the Universe to be incomplete, cancerous.
In a normal SBURB Session, SBURB will ensure retroactively the Last Frog needed is sent to the past, near the Space Player, as a means of making them interact with a Game Construct and wake up in Prospit. Getting the Final Frog to make the Universe adds the need to search through Time as well as through Space. Doc Scratch preemptively woke Kanaya up in Prospit, saying he was her Guardian, with the explicit purpose of sabotaging the creation of a healthy Frog, and causing a chain reaction that ended in the combined Session that spawned a new Universe Frog, from which Lord English himself would be born.
I actually see Shiro as having a fair number of cat-like socialisation behaviours himself - but unlike Keith, to whom it comes naturally to (as personality traits, mind you), Shiro’s are learned. Or developed.
He’ll hover at the edges of a room or group sometimes, not because he doesn’t want to take part, or that he doesn’t feel like he’s a part of the group, but because there’s a constant underlying anxiety now of ‘but what if I mess something up, after all, I’m changed because of what I’ve been through’, and also a bit of ‘they’re happy doing what they’re doing, I think I’ll just watch and not interrupt’.
There’s also the ‘cat smile’ - which is to say, the way cats smile is more by slow blinking than with teeth. Shiro probably doesn’t even realise he’s doing it, but I can easily imagine him only blinking slowly and closing his eyes for long periods - that is to say, truly letting his guard down - when he’s completely at ease and happy.
He’s come to associate direct eye contact with a challenge - if he made eye contact with a guard or someone other than another prisoner (and even then, sometimes, because he was the Champion, the prisoners, especially new ones, might take it as intimidating from him, which was uncomfortable in a whole other way), then he’d be punished, by words or worse, so he tends to make eye contact less often, just because although he’s going to put up a fight, he learned to pick them, and he learned to lay low sometimes, just to survive. Nowadays he has a habit of looking at a space somewhere just a bit off, unless he’s aware of what he’s doing, or he feels really relaxed and/or comfortable int he situation, or with the person.
These things didn’t used to be issues, and sometimes someone - mainly Keith, although at rare times Lance will notice something too - will realise that Shiro is just plain different in the way that he interacts with people. A lot of the time it coincides with other things, and it’s really subtle, and he doesn’t always act the same all the time, so not everything is picked up on really easily. Especially since Shiro’s pretty damn good at pretending that nothing’s wrong.