Who Is "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" About? Taylor Swift's Song Might Call Out Katy Perry
Leave it to Taylor Swift to turn one of my all-time favorite memes into a song on her album. "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" has fans asking big questions. Most are wondering who is "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" about? Honestly, Katy Perry is a strong contender.
At the age of 27, Taylor Swift has crossed paths with quite a few people who she can write songs about and throw shade at. The lyrics to "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" are definitely calling out someone who rained on Swift's parade.
The song begins,
Swift seems to have a very short bullsh*t tolerance. When she locks the gates, you better believe they are locked for good. She uses this metaphor a lot, actually.
In the lyrics to "Look What You Made Me Do," Swift refers to her kingdom keys. She says, "I don't like your kingdom keys / They once belonged to me / You ask me for a place to sleep Locked me out and threw a feast (what?)." I'm sensing a pattern. Is Swift talking about her own personal fame or Hollywood in general? She's a clever one.
In the chorus to "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things," Swift basically lays it all out:
SWIFT IS ALWAYS WATCHING. At this point, there are a plethora of different people this song could be about. However, Swift gets a little more specific in the second verse.
DAYUMMM. These lyrics sound like they're sticking a big middle finger up in Katy Perry's direction. Perry and Swift's feud started five years ago over some drama about backup dancers, and we're still not hearing the end of it.
Perry has spoken out a few times about wanting to end the feud. She said in an interview with SiriusXM's "The Morning Mash Up" on Monday, Aug. 21,
She's also talked about it on James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke," different radio interviews, AND BASICALLY EVERY CHANCE SHE GETS. All she's gotten in return is silence from Swift.
"This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" lyrics suggest that Swift is the one who "took an axe to a mended fence" and ended the friendship. One thing is for certain: Whoever this song is about, Swift is not a fan. The song ends,
SAVAGE. Absolutely savage. Forgiveness is not in Swift's future anytime soon.
Overall, I'm obsessed with Reputation. Swift truly wrote what was in her heart and it is amazing. Keep doing you, Swifty. You can listen to "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" on iTunes.
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