You have the whole weekend to dissect and annotate all the lyrics on Taylor Swift‘s surprise eighth album Folklore. But luckily for you, Swifties are already zeroing in on one line in particular from bucolic ballad “Invisible String” that revives everyone’s favorite game: who is Taylor really talking about here?
Answering some fan questions on YouTube just before the album dropped, Swift told fans that one thing she did purposely on this one was drop her famous Easter eggs in the lyrics rather than just in the videos.
“I created character arcs and recurring themes that map out who is singing about who,” she said.
Here’s where it gets interesting. On “Invisible String,” she sings the line, “Cold was the steel of my axe to grind/ For the boys who broke my heart/ Now I send their babies presents.”
Now, that one seems very specific, and Swifties swiftly hit Twitter to speculate that she might be talking about ex Joe Jonas, who is expecting his first child with wife Sophie Turner any day now.
If you do the math, as far as we know, the only one of Taylor’s exes who has children is rumored brief BF Eddie Redmayne, who has a four-year-old daughter and two-year-old son with wife Hannah Bagshawe.
Check out more fan tweets below.
🎶 | Taylor Swift seemingly refers to Joe Jonas in ‘invisible string’ lyrics revealing that she bought presents for Joe and Sophie’s baby #folklore 👶🎁
“For the boys who broke my heart / now I send their babies presents” pic.twitter.com/q9utgJ3yhr
— Taylor Swift News 🧣 (@TSwiftNZ) July 24, 2020
— Emily 🧣 (@augustsippedawy) July 24, 2020
taylor swifts still writing lyrics about joe jonas 12 years later makes me feel at home
— ashtree🎄 (@swiftlyxjonas) July 24, 2020
taylor swift writing about joe jonas and his B*BY 12 years LATER i’m hurtinggggg so badly so so badly
— lindsey (@lindsyeeet) July 24, 2020
We love to see Taylor Swift still referencing Joe Jonas in songs pic.twitter.com/ozBGRk6TuR
— emma twetan (@emmatwetan) July 24, 2020
"Boys who broke my heart/now I send their babies presents" is 100% about Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner and the evolution of that friendship and the only person who can change my mind is @taylorswift13 @taylonation13
— this is she trying (@TS_Track_9_Mind) July 24, 2020