Taylor Swift slips secret messages, offers song clues in 'Speak Now' liner notes

taylor-swiftImage Credit: Joseph Anthony BakerIt may not exactly have foiled the German Luftwaffe during WWII, but Taylor Swift has embedded her own kind of entry-level secret code in the liner notes of her third album Speak Now, out today.

Writer and former EW music critic Chris Willman used his Little Orphan Annie decoder ring (or more likely, his eyes) to crack the hidden messages scattered throughout the lyrics booklet accompanying Swift’s CD.

And a cursory glance proves him right; randomly capitalized letters throughout the booklet yield yield phrases like “LOVED YOU FROM THE VERY FIRST DAY” in the supposedly John Mayer-directed “Dear John,” and “YOU THOUGHT I WOULD FORGET” in “Better Than Revenge,” apparently aimed at former paramour Joe Jonas’ immediate post-Swift girlfriend, actress Camilla Belle.

Willman also posits that the “FOREVER AND ALWAYS” in “Last Kiss” also points to Jonas, though the spelled-out “CMT AWARDS” in “The Story of Us,” a song about an uncomfortable run-in with an ex at an awards show, eliminates Jonas and leads directly to fellow CMT attendee Mayer. Also, that the until-now-unpegged ballad “Enchanted” may have revealed its target with the embedded message “ADAM,” which may or may not be Adam Young, better known as Owl City.

For further analysis of seeming non sequiturs like “PORTLAND OREGON,” “LIFE IS FULL OF LITTLE INTERRUPTIONS,” “MOVED OUT IN JULY,” and “I THOUGHT YOU GOT ME,” see Willman’s piece on Yahoo Music.

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  • bob

    How many boyfriends has this little slut got?

    • Couchtime With Jill

      Rude.

      • Michelle

        She did this on the first and second albums too! HELLO! Taylor, I think you’re one of the best songwriters of all time. Please keep cranking out these awesome, AWESOME albums!!!

    • Sara

      TAYLOR no matter what , you just keep right on pushing , sooner than later the HATERS, LURKERS, STALKERS AND THOSE WHO WISH THAT YOU FAIL, WILL ALL REALIZE AND KNOW THAT YOU ARE HERE IN THIS WORLD FOR A REASON AND TWO OF THOSE REASONS IS TO
      #1 BE THE BEST THAT YOU CAN BE IN WHAT EVER YOU DESIDES TO DO THATS IN MUSIC/ FLIM/ AND MANY OTHER VENTURES THAT YOU WILL LET LOOSE ON THEIR HATING
      MENTATILITY LATER.
      #2 EVEN THOUGH THERE ARE MANY “UGLY FOLKS” WHO HATES THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE STAY STRONG AND VIGILANT ABOUT YOUR WORK . YOU ARE INDEED LOVED BY THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY COUNTS AND THATS HOLLYWOOD AND THE WORLD OVER. THEY HAVE WATCHED AND PAYED VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO YOU AND THEY LOVE YOU TAYLOR.

      • The Bob Loblaw Law Blog

        She’s terrible.

      • i am awesome

        U go girl. I want to be like u when I grow up and u have given me the strength to believe . In my self

    • Dava

      RUDE, SHES NOT A SLUT.
      stop being a hater, cause the girl has balls to say all of this.

    • Marie Conrad

      How many damn comments should you keep to yourself? Well. There are more then this, but I can tell you one. If you don’t FREAKING like her, don’t look up her name. Everyone knows you are just someone who doesn’t have anything better to do than to bash someone that you don’t even know.

      • Jonathan

        Agreed!

    • sarah

      she is in her 20s do u expect her to never have boyfriends? think about it

      • grace

        She’s amazng, i went and found all thecodes and theyre rlly good :)

    • Jessica

      Taylor I think that you should be able to kill some people for the way they treat you. Some people don’t have any respect towards others and treat them like crap. The old saying goes, if you can’t say something nice then better not to say anything at all. Taylor you should tell some people to shut the hell up and leave you alone.

    • Karlie

      shes not a slut, you are. taylors amazing and you should be judging! >:P

    • Karlie

      excuse me “Shouldn’t”

    • Ja-Anna

      Umm actually shes not a slut dumbass

    • Caroline

      She’s had more boyfriends than you’ve had girls look at you so, I wouldn’t be being so judgemental. Mmk?

    • Gabrielle Sierra

      hey, listen to the song “mean”. i think she wrote it just for you. i mean, “all you are is Mean. & a liar. & pathEtic. & Alone in life. & meaN.” xoxo

    • Kelsie McDonough

      your a hater get the hell out of here.

    • Brandon

      She my girlfriend i need money to buy the laptop 4 00.48.00 here the address 136 N CONSTITUTION AVe APT 23 ashdown ar 71822

    • Brandon

      The laptop 140.00

      • Brandon

        The laptop is 4.48

    • Brandon

      Do you want to have sex

    • Duane

      Hahaha! You NAILED it, bro! I was just thinking the same thing!

  • tracy bluth

    Wow…really? I’m a year younger than her and even I’m not that immature.
    I really wish EW would dedicate this many articles to Brian Ferry’s new album…

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      There have been two articles about the album today, and that is because the album was released today. Not a whole lot in my opinion. When we start hitting 8 in one day, then I’ll complain along with you

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    EW forgot the big one. In Back to December the secret message is just three letters T-A-Y….yeah if I wasn’t on board with the idea that the song was about Taylor Lautner before well I am now

    • Freddie

      Jennette McCurdy is the better actual Country talent whose album will come out next year and should be the one to look for

      • amanda

        I’m not a huge country fan…but I’m looking forward to this. Love her voice.

      • mandy

        i love youtaylor

  • Karate Pants

    If I’m a male celebrity – especially one a decade older than this teenage girl (Jake Gyllenhaal, I’m looking at you) – I’d probably NOT date her for fear of winding up on her next album. Or is any publicity really good publicity?

    • Jen

      If you’re John Mayer it apparently is. But he seems to be missing the shame gene.

      • tracy bluth

        I just can’t believe she would date him…or that anyone would date him.

      • Karate Pants

        Somehow, I am more disappointed with with the idea of this than I am with most of the other garbage John Mayer has done (yeah, including that). lol
        Maybe it’s because I’m over 30 and I can’t picture even touching a 19 year old boy. It seems extra skeevy.

      • tracy bluth

        @Karate Pants-for some reason that reminded me of the Friends episode where Monica finds out she slept with a 17 year old. Proof that I’ve been watching too much Friends? Probably.

      • Karate Pants

        Gotta love Friends! Yeah, I think it would be exactly like that for me…17, 19, whatever – if it ends in ‘teen’, I can’t even imagine hypothetically hitting it. No pedo! ;)

      • Jamie

        he was wayyy to old for her it was sorta gross the age difference

      • Jamie

        although i know someone who has a husband who is 30 years older xP

    • tracy bluth

      Maybe Jake is still broken up about the fact that Reese Witherspoon started a serious relationship two seconds after they broke up? I agree- male celebrities, it might be wise to avoid dating her.

  • old guy

    once upon a time we used to analyze Bob Dylan lyrics – now, we try to figure out who Taylor Swift is mad at…..

  • Justin

    I’m pretty sure Taylor’s done this before, at least I’m sure she did it on her first album’s liner notes. Not altogether surprising — maybe next time she’ll find a more clever way to hide her messages. Haha

    • Nerwen Aldarion

      She’s done it in all of her albums, her first one and Fearless, this isn’t anything new and it isn’t her hiding her messages. It’s just something cool for the fans who buy her album. If she wanted to hide messages then she simply shouldn’t have written out the code, the songs themselves are messages.

  • veronica

    so, she dates more than one guy and she’s a slut? FYI in “Enchanted” she’s just singing about the encounter, i wasn’t aware that a girl is only allowed to date one guy in her entire lifetime, she’s young, pretty, and in the limelight, she’s gonna meet AND date guys until she finds the right one, meanwhile her ex Joe Jonas is already on his 4th girl friend, but that’s ok, right? since he doesn’t sing about them, people need to realize that she writes about her experiences and for a young girl that involves boys, if she’s so bothersome stop reading articles about her doing something constructive with your time ..

    • yup…

      completely agree…I think the hidden messages are just fun hints for fans to look for in the CD…

    • Smile

      Joe is on his 4th GF and that makes him a player? Such double standards. Both have dated about the same amount of people, yet mostly I just see people calling Joe a *******.

      Both are just trying to find the “right one” and if that takes 25, so be it then!

  • i personally have zero problem with the number of guys she dates, as she’s young and still kind of coming into her own. i do have a problem with the immature, tacky way she plays the victim and puts people on blast pretty shamelessly. if you write about your life, that’s wonderful and i’m sure it’s extremely cathartic, but to publicly embarrass people (famous or not) is a low blow.

    • lisa

      totally agree.

    • Carmen

      Agree.

    • Freddie

      excellent point

    • Ash

      She doesn’t always play the victim though. “Back To December” is a heartbreaking apology song to Taylor Lautner, who she admits she was horrible to when they broke up. I think she is brave for having the guts to show her feelings to the world through music.

      And heaps of her other songs, like “Never Grow Up” and “Enchanted” don’t ‘publicly embarrass people’. Plus – to be honest, John Mayer kinda deserves it. He seems like a total sleaze bag to me.

  • McNulty

    Ah, liner note mysteries for the generation who thinks “Turn me on, deadman” is a tagline from the Walking Dead.

  • Carmen

    Oh gosh Taylor.
    Is your next song going to be how “That-random-dude-looked-at-me-badly and-now-I’m-writing-a-song-about-it”?
    I don’t mine the occasional kiss and tell songs, but when it’s enough to cover an album (and may I add different people each song!)…she should really re- evaluate herself.

  • Maureen

    Secret messages? Song clues? OMG! ;)

  • rain

    LOL YOU GUYS SHE HAS DONE THIS ON ALL OF HER 2 ALBUMS

    AND IT’S AWESOME TO DECODE AND FIND CLUES WHO THE SONG IS ABOUT.

    I DON’T FIND ANYTHING WRONG WITH DATING. GEEZ, THERE SO MANY GIRLS WHO HAVE DONE THE SAME BUT OF COURSE THEY WILL NOT BE CRITIZISE BECAUSE THEY’RE NOT FAMOUS LIKE TAYLOR.

    • rain

      I MEAN 3 ALBUMS

  • Randi

    Haha that ‘code’ is so childish I’m embarrassed for her!

  • yael

    the codes are what makes the album booklet awesome besides well the pictures and lyrics.

    she has done this since her debut album so if you don’t like them then why go and read here?

  • kathy60

    I sm SO SICK AND TIRED of hearing, reading and seeing anything about this girl that I could puke!!! Please just go away!!!!!

    • Ash

      … Well then why are you reading a page full of Taylor Swift news? Nobody made you read it. Jeez.

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