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Reputation Shouldn’t Be Taken Literally. But It’s Also True.

Every song on Rep so far is a mix of truth and drama. 

1. Look What You Made Me Do

No wonder we were completely confused when this song came out. On one hand, we thought it was about Kim and Kanye, but also maybe Katy. But then, as many people have noted, it could also be about how the way the media treats her. 

Her truth:

Any of those theories could be true because the song is about all of it. The song is her “re-birth”. She pulls a phoenix rising from the ashes:

“Honey, I rose up from the dead I do it all the time”

This is her truth. She got smarter and got harder from all of the drama and publicity she’s received over the past few years. But then…

Her Reputation:

She plays the mean girl. 

“I’ve got a list of names and yours is in red underlined”

Taylor Swift has better things to do than sit around and write down a list of people she wants to get revenge on. But also, if that did exist, I don’t think she’d really want to admit it. 

“The world moves on, another day, another drama-drama.
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma.” 

Again, people do genuinely believe she never moves on from drama and actually manufactures it so she can sell it in her music. 

“Look what you made me do”

She strategically makes the song about what other people did to her, not how she got herself into this mess. Essentially portraying her as girl who people say is always playing the victim.


2. …Ready For It?

Her truth:

This song is fascinating because it tells the story of meeting a guy for the first time and knowing that, going in, there are a lot of things that could cause problems. 

“Wonder how many girls he had loved and left haunted”

“Stealing hearts and running off and never saying sorry”

The song captures, in its rap-sung verses, the intensity of a relationship just beginning. The questions, the curiosity and also each person’s reputation. However, this is probably her most interesting truth: 

“Touch me and you’ll never be alone”

This is a fantastic lyric because it shows us the chaos of starting a high-profile relationship. Especially if you’re dating one of the world’s most renowned songwriters. 

Her Reputation:

We start out, right from the get-go with images of thieves and robbers. 

“Me, I was a robber first time that he saw me”

Now, this is exactly the line that sticks out to me because she’s directly addressing her reputation. She’s essentially saying that the man in question probably saw her as a man-eater (an insult she’s often associated with)

“Let the games begin.”

Taylor is seen as a girl who dates for fun. Always on to the next guy. Playing games with people’s hearts so she can write another song about it. 


2. Gorgeous

Her truth:

There’s a very clear story here. It should be fairly obvious at this point. From the Sunset and Vine reference to this pretty defining lyric: 

“And I got a boyfriend, he’s older than us”

Or this iconic line that describes my flirting strategy: 

“That I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk”

Not even to mention going home to her cats. 

Her Reputation:

I’ve heard people say this song can’t be satire, camp or a character because it’s “about Joe”. That’s ridiculous. Truth and satire can exist in the same song. We should know this well from Blank Space. 

And I mean, c’mon

“You’ve ruined my life by not being mine”. 

The media likes to think of her as a control freak, right? Manipulative and always looking for another man to date, she plays into this reputation perfectly. 

“I feel like I might sink and drown and die” 

Her phrasing should clear up any doubt here. Not to mention she’s probably drunk while she’s thinking this. This line is a comment on the public perception of how dramatic she is. It’s no secret that she sometimes seems to overdramatize the real-life events of her songs. 

Now, THE ALBUM COVER BRINGS IT TOGETHER

There have honestly been great interpretations of this and I think they’re all pretty much true. But also, think about the songs in relation to the editing here. 

The album exists halfway between the real her and the media’s perception of her, just as every song has demonstrated so far. It’s a fascinating trick for anyone who wants to take these songs as fully the truth or fully satire because neither is right. 

So no, we can’t take these songs literally. 

But yes, we can take parts of them seriously. 

Why? Because there’s always a little truth to our reputation. 


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I’m probably getting blacklisted by Taylor nation for this but who cares.

I just wanted to tell you @taylorswift that you really have a talent for choosing the worst people for secret sessions. Did you stalk them for a year or a week?

I don’t want to fight or “expose” you; I truly believe that you are one of the kindest, most loving and caring celebrities out there right now, and that’s why seeing an homophobe being picked to meet you doesn’t feel not that great. I don’t expect you to see everything they post (even though you probably do, since you have shown to know basically everything about secret sessioners), but I would really appreciate if you called this attitude out. Oh, one more thing I’d LOVE for you to call out: this kind of behaviour.

For us, fans who weren’t chosen for ss, it’s already bad, we don’t really need some arrogant assholes bragging about it like they suddenly became your best friends. And I don’t think you want people to feel inferior and excluded, don’t you?

I know that you adore seeing swifties being extra-supportive about you, your music and what you do, but I do think that sometimes honesty is better than any praise or compliment. I hope that this little message won’t be perceived as an attack or a sign of lack of love or respect.

Sincerely, Francesco, a supporting fan of yours ever since 2013.

1.      Drink more water

“Drink an enormous amount of water. Every cell of your body, which is mostly of water, would benefit because the Energy transmission of your body is affected. The more water you drink the more easily the energy flows!” - Abraham-Hicks

2.      Breathe more deeply

“Deep breathing is a big part of your Well-being. Because with that deep breath there is activation on a cellular level. In other words, it is the current that carries the vitality to the extremities of the cells. And so the more you are breathing, the more you are thriving. Some say it is the way the Spirit moves. We would say, it is the way life moves most efficiently through your physical body. And fortunately, it is something that is not left to your conscious mind. You don’t have to prompt yourself to breathe. It just happens. But you can prompt yourself to breathe more. We encourage that you deliberately take some air in. And then before you let it out, take some more air in. And before you let it out… And you say, “I can’t take any more in because there’s no place for it to go." And we say, "Yes, there is. Take some more in.” Expand your capacity. Your lungs, like balloons can be all shriveled up or expanded fully. As you move on a regular basis, they expand somewhat. But they don’t expand fully. As you deliberately breathe deeper, it becomes more natural for them to get fuller. And before you know it, it will be an involuntary thing. You will naturally breathe more deeply… And your bodies will thrive. It’s even more important than drinking water. It’s right up there, with life itself. When concentrating on your breathing, you are not concentrating on other things. And in that absence of resistance, you are also allowing an Alignment of Energy. So you get a double whammy with it. You’re aligning with Source Energy. You are literally feeding the cells of your body, allowing oxygen to reach the extremities of your cells. Everybody comes alive - and everything works better. Metabolism works better, elimination works better, clarity works better, blood flows better. Thriving comes from this.” - Abraham-Hicks

3.      Meditate daily

I can’t explaint to you how powerful of a tool meditation is. Everyday set aside from 10 to 15 minutes (it’s enough) to meditate.

“Silence the mind. Silencing the mind stops resistance. Then all in your Vortex can come quicker to you.” - Abraham-Hicks

4.      Make peace with negative emotion

“Negative emotions are not a bad thing. Negative emotion is just a guidance to help you redirect and refocus. It’s all part of the dance.” - Abraham-Hicks

5.      Positive aspects

Write lists of positive aspects of yourself, people around you, your job, etc.

“When you withdraw your attention from those things that are not pleasing, and you put your attention upon those things that are pleasing, those pleasing things begin to become more abundant; and those not-pleasing things become more rare. Until, eventually, those not-pleasing things cannot be part of your experience because you will have eliminated your attraction factor from your vibration… What you think and what you get always matches.” - Abraham-Hicks