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Taylor Swift's "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" Lyrics Prove Her Squad Isn't What It Used To Be


Taylor Swift's Reputation dropped on Nov. 10 at midnight, and people are obsessed with it. Swift released the full tracklist on Nov. 7, just three days before the album's highly anticipated release. And right off the bat, fans started creating theories about what the song titles meant. Lots believed Reputation was split into two parts based on the ellipses preceding and following "...Ready For It?" and "So It Goes...," and it turns out, they were right. There are definitely two separate narratives in Reputation, but let's talk about the second one, shall we? Taylor Swift's "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" lyrics on the "second half" of the album have fans talking.

Just looking at the title, it seems like it would fit into the first, more petty (please don't deny that half of the songs on Reputation are petty as hell) half of the album, but it has an entirely different meaning. Instead of being about her drama with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West (or even Katy Perry), Swift seems to be singing to an ex-member of her famous "squad." Yup, "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" is all about an ended friendship, and surprise, surprise, Swift is blaming that friend for ruining their friendship. Think "Bad Blood," except she's being even more detailed about whatever beef she had with whomever she's referring to.

What's more, she's singing about a friendship that ended, was mended, and then ended again. The "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" lyrics prove Taylor Swift really freaking hates whoever this song is about.

The lyrics open with:

Then the pre-chorus reads:

Then the chorus really gets shady AF. Just read these words and try not to freak out:

The second verse addresses someone Taylor used to be friends with:

Then we go back to the pre-chorus:


But Taylor gets real and has a "toast" for her "real friends" in the bridge:

Then she ends the song with an extended chorus and it's everything:

It's not totally clear yet who she's singing about, but fans are already obsessed with the song. You can listen to the full song on iTunes here.

Hm, cheers to more speculation on Taylor's recent song beefs!