Today we have laughed, cried and danced our faces off, all thanks to Taylor Swift.
1989 has no doubt been on repeat for most of us today and has given us an inside glimpse at everything Taylor has been through in the past two years. She's changed, she's fallen in love, she's matured, and she's learned how to shake things off.
And just like on her previous albums, Taylor's dropped some hidden messages into the album booklet to help fans further decipher the songs' meanings. In case you're having a hard time figuring them out, keep this in mind: lowercase letters spell out short phrases associated with each track. But these messages actually read like a short story, painting a picture of a boy and a girl, who loved so deep but just couldn't make it work. (Possibly, Harry Styles?!)
Here's the story all of the lowercase letters in Taylor's 1989 lyrics spell out:
We begin our story in New York ("Welcome To New York"). There once was a girl known by everyone and no one ("Blank Space"). Her heart belonged to someone who couldn't stay ("Stlye"). They loved each other recklessly ("Out of the Woods"). They paid the price ("All You Had To Do Was Stay"). She danced to forget him ("Shake It Off"). He drove past her street each night ("I Wish You Would"). She made friends and enemies ("Bad Blood"). He only saw her in his dreams ("Wildest Dreams"). Then one day he came back ("How You Get The Girl"). Timing is a funny thing ("This Love"). And everyone was watching ("I Know Places"). She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything ("Clean").
But those weren't the only things that Taylor included in the album. Taylor also included some seriously adorable Polaroid pictures (which are currently hanging up around my desk), photos, along with dates, of her recording sessions with Max Martin, Ryan Tedder and Imogen Heap.
Taylor also wrote a letter directly to her fans telling them that she needed to change her style of music because she just wasn't the same person.
"The debate over whether people can change is an interesting one for me to observe because it seems like all I ever do is change. all I ever do is learn from my mistakes so I don't make the same ones again. Then I make new ones. I know people can change because it happens to me little by little every day. Every day I wake up as someone slightly new. Isn't it wild and intriguing and beautiful to think that every day we are new?," she said. "For the last few years, I've woken up every day not wanting, but needing to write a new style of music. I needed to change the way I told my stories and the way they sounded."
And those stories range from "moving to the loudest and brightest city in the world," to learning that "love, to some extent is just a game of cat and mouse," and that "nothing good comes without loss and hardship and constant struggle."
"We are never out of the woods, because we are always going to be fighting for something. I wrote about love that comes back to you just when you thought it was lost forever, and how some feelings never go out of style, she said. "I wrote about an important lesson I learned recently... that people can say whatever they want about me, but they can't make me lose my mind. I've learned how to shake things off."
Taylor credits her Swifties for giving her the "courage to change," which has enabled her to come into her own and in turn, come alive.
She concludes her letter by referring to herself as "the girl who said she would never cut her hair or move to New York or find happiness in a world where she is not in love..."
And... that's the sound of millions of Swifties opening 1989 and falling even harder for Taylor.