If you've been a Taylor fan for any length of time, you know that she hides messages in her liner notes. Our friends at All About Country have found the hidden messages in the liner notes to Red.. and are breaking down what they most likely mean.
Song: 1. ‘State of Grace’
Hidden Message: I LOVE YOU DOESN’T COUNT AFTER GOODBYE
What it Means: The album begins on a sour note. In fact, the first five songs find Taylor dealing with lovers in the past more than lovers future. It’s not clear who this lyric is about, but the line that goes “Just twin fire signs / Four blue eyes” makes us think it could be the same guy who inspired the title track.
Song: 2. ‘Red’
Hidden Message: SAG
What it Means: “SAG” could be short for Sagittarius, which is the astrological sign that Jake Gyllenhaal falls under. It could also be an abbreviation for Screen Actors Guild, which would work for the actor. However, that’s sort of boring, so we lean toward the stars to reveal who the title track is after. Taylor is also a Sagittarius.
Song: 3. ‘Treacherous’
Hidden Message: WONT STOP TIL IT’S OVER
What it Means: If Taylor is as sneaky with her lyrics as she is with her liner notes messages, this song could be another written about John Mayer. Clues include words in the song like “gravity” (a 2007 hit song for John Mayer) and another line about his hands, a reference to ‘Your Body Is a Wonderland.’
Song: 4. ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’
Hidden Message: WHEN YOU SAW ME DANCING
What it Means: It will take some time for the stories of all the cuts on ‘Red’ to come out. Taylor has had a number of romances go bad in recent years, and ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ could be about any of them.
Song: 5. ‘All Too Well’
Hidden Message: MAPLE LATTE
What it Means: We may be just guessing, but Taylor was spotted with Jake Gyllenhaal at Fido Cafe, a hot coffee spot in Nashville around Thanksgiving in 2010. It’s a coffee shop, and November is a great time to order a maple latte.
Song: 6. ’22′
Hidden Message: ASHLEY DIANNA CLAIRE SELENA
What it Means: This four names are most likely Taylor Swift’s four best friends; Selena Gomez, Dianna Agron (from ‘Glee’), stylist Ashley Avignone and Claire Kislinger. The girls enjoy hanging out for dress-up parties, and Swift tweets about them a lot.
Song: 7. ‘I Almost Do’
Hidden Message: WROTE THIS INSTEAD OF CALLNG
What it Means: Where this song appears on the album is important, as ‘Red’ seems almost split into two halves, minus one or two exceptions. The first eight cuts are about love ending, and the next ones are about finding new love. ‘I Almost Do’ finds the Taylor missing someone she’s away from and knowing it’s a bad idea to call, but still fighting the irresistible urge. Our guess is that the same person inspired ‘Sad Beautiful Tragic.’
Song: 8. ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’
Hidden Message: WHEN I STOPPED CARING WHAT YOU THOUGHT
What it Means: It’s widely assumed that this song is about Gyllenhaal, but Taylor’s story that it was inspired by a friend of the guy’s who visited her in studio leave one believing it was a musician who treated her so poorly. Will Anderson, frontman for the Virginia rock band Parachute, is a name that has surfaced recently. We think it could be him.
Song: 9. ‘Stay Stay Stay’
Hidden Message: DAYDREAMING ABOUT REAL LOVE
What it Means: Probably nothing.... just a daydream!
Song: 10. ‘The Last Time’
Hidden Message: LA ON YOUR BREAK
What it Means: This took a while to figure out it wasn’t ‘Laon Your Break’ but rather ‘L.A. on your break.’ Someone broke up with Taylor in Los Angeles, during a break from… a movie? Recording an album? Since L.A. means Hollywood it's safe to assume it was Gyllenhaal.
Song: 11. ‘Holy Ground’
Hidden Message: WHEN YOU CAME TO THE SHOW IN SD
What it Means: Taylor Swift didn’t play any shows in South Dakota during her Speak Now Tour, but she did play an Oct. 20, 2011 date in San Diego. Those who followed the lyrics on her arm from show to show wondered if there was a narrative, and this song only encourages that idea. Leading up to the San Diego show, Taylor’s mood changed and the arm lyrics became more cheerful. The good feelings lasted for several weeks. Some speculate that this song may be about mending old broken bridges with Joe Jonas — but only as friends.
Song: 12. ‘Sad Beautiful Tragic’
Hidden Message: WHILE YOU WERE ON A TRAIN
What it Means: This song will be the most debated of all the cuts on ‘Red.’ With ‘Back to December’ in mind, it’s hard to believe Taylor thinks of her relationship with John Mayer as “beautiful.” There is regret in her voice as she looks back on what could have been, so we believe the ballad is about a romance that ended peacefully. Taylor Lautner, perhaps?
Song: 13. ‘The Lucky One’
Hidden Message: WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO KNOW
What it Means: Which Hollywood or Nashville singer inspired Taylor to write this song, the one from ‘Red’ that isn’t about love or heartbreak? Our money’s on Joni Mitchell, which makes sense since Taylor is in line to play her in a movie.
Song: 14. ‘Everything Has Changed’
Hidden Message: HYANNIS PORT
What it Means: Taylor wrote this song over the summer, after rumors of her relationship with Conor Kennedy began to heat up. The lyric message leaves no doubt as to who this song is about. In fact, one could argue the last three songs are about Conor Kennedy and his family.
Song: 15. ‘Starlight’
Hidden Message: FOR ETHEL
What it Means: That’s Ethel Kennedy that Taylor is referring to in her hidden message. The story in ‘Starlight’ paints a picture of Mrs. Kennedy’s love and marriage to Robert F. Kennedy. Taylor has said multiple times how much she loves the Kennedy matriarch, and this one is REALLY obvious.
Song: 16. ‘Begin Again’
Hidden Message: I WEAR HEELS NOW
What it Means: The story comes full circle for Taylor, ending with a song that finds her more confident than ever. The last few songs leave one feeling jubilant about the idea of love that is squashed so thoroughly early on the album. Is this song also about finding Conor? Looks to be!