By now you’ve probably listened to Taylor Swift’s “1989” at least once. (In our case, way more than that.) But those of us who ignore the booklets that come with the album are missing out on the hidden messages.
Like every good album should, in our opinion, Taylor’s latest effort is not just a collection of songs with a similar sound—it tells a story. While we may identify with the tracks, she’s never made it a secret that music is a very personal thing to her and the hidden messages reflect that. Each one is part of a larger story that sounds a lot like Taylor’s life. (It definitely ends up in a place where she seems to be now.)
If you’ve got an album booklet, you can spend a few minutes going through the deciphering the coded messages. (The photo on the left is an example.) Or, you can read the decoded messages below.
1. “Welcome to New York” — We begin our story in New York.
2. “Blank Space” — There was once a girl known by everyone and no one.
3. “Style” — Her heart belonged to someone who couldn’t stay.
4. “Out of the Woods” — They loved each other recklessly.
5. “All You Had to Do Was Stay” — They paid the price.
6. “Shake It Off” — She danced to forget him.
7. “I Wish You Would” — He drove past her street each night.
8. “Bad Blood” — She made friends and enemies.
9. “Wildest Dreams” — He only saw her in his dreams.
10. “How You Get the Girl” — Then one day, he came back.
11. “This Love” — Timing is a funny thing.
12. “I Know Places” — And everyone was watching.
13. “Clean” — She lost him, but she found herself and somehow that was everything.
We’ve put it together to make it easier to read:
We begin our story in New York.
There was once a girl known by everyone and no one.
Her heart belonged to someone who couldn’t stay.
They loved each other recklessly.
They paid the price.
She danced to forget him.
He drove past her street each night.
She made friends and enemies.
He only saw her in his dreams.
Then one day, he came back.
Timing is a funny thing.
And everyone was watching.
She lost him, but she found herself and somehow that was everything.