Taylor Swift is known to hide Easter eggs for fans in her music, and Swifties deserve a medal for their super-sleuth skills. They always seem to be able to decipher the clues Swift gives them, and they have a lot of theories about the meaning behind her latest album cover titles. After Swift released not one, but eight different album versions, fans had a lot to say about each one. These fan theories about Taylor Swift's Folklore album version titles make so much sense y'all.
Just after Swift surprised fans with her Folklore album announcement on July 23, she shared more details about what fans can expect from the record. For starters, she unveiled a multitude of different album covers, eight to be exact, in honor of her eighth studio album.
"Folklore will have 16 songs on the standard edition, but the physical deluxe editions will include a bonus track called “the lakes.” Because this is my 8th studio album, I made 8 deluxe CD editions and 8 deluxe vinyl editions that are available for one week," she revealed on Instagram. "Each deluxe edition has unique covers, photos, and artwork. Available exclusively at taylorswift.com."
You can see all eight of the album version titles below, as well as the best fan theories about each one. Truth be told, these fans seem to have it all figured out.
1. In The Trees
Some fans theorized In The Trees was first foreshadowed back on her 2019 Lover track "Daylight."
"[Swift] sang, 'You gotta step into the daylight and let it go,' and from what we know about folklore, Swift is basking in the light as it cuts through the trees," one fan wrote on Twitter about the connection.
2. In The Weeds
A number of fans drew parallels between Swift's 2014 1989 track "Out of the Woods" and her In The Weeds album title. "Taylor Swift is now out of the woods and now she’s in the weeds. Help our queen get home," one fan wrote.
3. Meet Me Behind The Mall
One Swiftie felt like there was a connection between Meet Me Behind The Mall and Swift's ex, Harry Styles.
"I’m doing meet me behind the mall bc Harry styles," they tweeted.
4. Betty's Garden
Many fans theorized the Betty's Garden title was an ode to Karlie Kloss, seeing as her middle name is Elizabeth.
"Okay but hear me out: betty — karlie elizabeth kloss — betty’s garden — i snuck in through the garden gate every night that summer just to seal my fate. i rest my case," one fan wrote about the perceived connection.
5. Stolen Lullabies
One fan thought Swift's Stolen Lullabies title was an ode to her past music, which she no longer controls do to Scooter Braun acquiring her old label, Big Machine Records, along with her entire pre-Lover catalog of music. "What if by stolen lullabies she means her old songs omg," they tweeted.
One fan speculated that Swift knew her fans were in need of a little pick-me-up, so she named it after the fun, childhood game.
7. Running Like Water
Many fans thought this Swift title reflected on how confusing childhood can be. "Taylor Swift wrote the lyrics "I knew you / leaving like a father / running like water" and me and my childhood trauma haven't been the same since, really," one fan wrote.
8. Clandestine Meetings
One fan used context clues to speculate that the title was a way to explain the emotional complexity of Folklore.
"Googled the meaning of clandestine and folklore was done secretively so it aligns with the whole concept of the album& d cover's emotionally pleasing+ if i do win this it'll be my first ever album from ts or everyone," the fan wrote.