How Taylor Swift subtly references her iconic, sad boat photo in “1989 (Taylor’s Version).”

You’ve heard about it Sad Keanu memebut have you heard of Sad Taylor?

Longtime Swifties will remember a photo that made the rounds online in 2013 (below). Taylor Swift She sits sad and alone on a boat in the Virgin Islands, wearing a blue dress and black sunglasses. According to reports at the timeSwift and Harry Styles They had been on vacation together, got into an argument and broke up. The photo in question showed her leaving the trip alone. (However, everything worked out for Swift, who later created 1989their second album, which won the coveted Grammy for Album of the Year.)

Taylor Swift on a boat in the Virgin Islands on January 4, 2013

Taylor Swift on a boat in the Virgin Islands on January 4, 2013

Jake Hurley Taylor Swift on a boat in the Virgin Islands on January 4, 2013

While Music video for the 1989 In the song “Out of the Woods,” Swift was seen wearing a blue dress, leading some to speculate that this was the case The Clothing, or perhaps a reference to it, she has never openly addressed the “sad boat photo” moment in her music…until now.

On the newly released new recording of the album 1989 (Taylor’s version)the brand new Vault track “Is It Over Now?” contains a pretty obvious reference to the alleged incident with the lyrics “Blue dress / On a boat / Your new girl / Is my clone.” (Fans have also pointed out that the second half of the lyrics seems like an addition or response to Styles’ song “From the Dining Table”, which contains the lyrics “Woke up the girl who looked just like you / I almost said your name.”)

“Is It Over Now?” is a breakup song from the perspective of a narrator who wonders when exactly a doomed relationship ended (and of course gets a few good swipes at the ex). It appears to contain several other references to styles, including the infamous alleged snowmobile accident in 2012which lends credence to the theory that it could be about the former couple and their ill-fated trip to the Caribbean – and by extension, yes, that sadly hilarious photo.

If “Is It Over Now?” is an absolute classic for most listeners, it was technically written around the same time as the rest 1989 Was. Swift and Styles have since moved on. They seemed to have no bad blood as they were seen chatting and applauding each other at the 2021 Grammys and then fist bumping at the 2023 ceremony, much to the delight of fans. The two global pop stars would probably laugh about it today.

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