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Who Is "This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things" About? Taylor Swift's Song Might Call Out Katy Perry

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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,

It was so nice throwing big parties / Jumping to the pool from the balcony / Everyone swimming in a champagne sea / And there are no rules when you show up here / Bass beat rattling the chandelier / Feeling so Gatsby for that whole year
So why'd you have to rain on my parade? / I'm shaking my head / I'm locking the gates

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:

This is why we can't have nice things, darling / Because you break them
I had to take them away / This is why we can't have nice things, honey / Did you think I wouldn't hear all the things you said about me? / This is why we can't have nice things

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.

It was so nice being friends again / There I was giving you a second chance / But then you stabbed my back while shaking my hand / And therein lies the issue / Friends don't try to trick you / Get you on the phone and mind-twist you / And so I took an axe to a mended fence
But I'm not the only friend you've lost lately / If only you weren't / So shady

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,

Listen, I'd love for the beef to end. I'd love to take it off the BBQ. I'm down, but I haven't heard anything of it.

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,

Here's a toast to my real friends / They don't care about that he said, she said / And here's to my baby / He ain't reading what they call me lately / And here's to my momma / Had to listen to all this drama / And here's to you / ‘Cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do / Haha, I can't even say it with a straight face
This is why we can't have nice things, darling (darling) / Because you break them / I had to take them away / This is why we can't have nice things, honey / Did you think I wouldn't hear all the things you said about me? / This is why we can't have nice things, darling / (And here's to my real friends) / Because you break them / I had to take them away / (And here's to my baby) / This is why we can't have nice things, darling / (He didn't care about that he said, she said) / Did you think I wouldn't hear all the things you said about me? / This is why we can't have nice things

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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