Surprise! Taylor Swift just dropped a song from her new album “Lover.” It’s called “Archer” and there’s no music video for it yet, but the lyrics are here and absolutely need your decoding. Who is it about? What does it mean? Etc., etc.
Please proceed into this hot mess hodge-podge of theories, easter eggs, and lyric explanations for this new song.
FYI, here’s the lyric video. Give her a watch/listen before you keep reading.
First, Taylor said it was an emotional song for her.
In an Instagram Live she did right before the song dropped, she said that her fans pointed out a while ago that she always makes the fifth song on her albums a really emotional one. For example, “Delicate” was the fifth song on “Reputation.” Since her fans pointed it out, she’s been doing it on purpose, so this song is definitely one that is close to her heart. Good to know. Valuable intel.
People think it’s related to “Delicate.”
Backtracking slightly, fans discovered that The Archer is a dive bar in East London. In “Delicate,” Taylor sang about a dive bar on the east side, so naturally, people think the two songs are related somehow.
y’all the archer is a dive bar located in east london
“dive bar on the east side where you at”#Track5 pic.twitter.com/vJzakds4fB
This brought people back to the “Delicate” video, where Taylor reads a note in a bar, but the viewers never see the note. People think this might mean they finally get to see what’s on the note.
In the delicate video she says “dive bar on the east side where you at” and there’s a big graffiti “track 5” behind her.. the archer is a dive bar in London and it’s track 5.. THIS IS THE DELICATE SEQUEL! WE ARE FINALLY GOING TO FIND OUT WHAT THE NOTE SAYS AND WHO IS IN THE BAR! pic.twitter.com/8AIKW4BUUq
And there’s another dive bar tie-in.
There’s also a dive bar on the east side of NYC called “Lovers of Today.” So she’s really going *in* on this whole dive bar situation.
And Lovers is the Dive Bar on the East side of NYC!!! #Delicate #Track5 which is the last music video of the #repEra
I can’t even with this girl!!! #TheArcher #Lover pic.twitter.com/FrT3tyEbED
Some more “Delicate” proof.
This woman! Her mind!
AND THIS IS THE HINT THAT LEFT ME SPEECHLESS. WE DIDN’T REALIZE THAT CUPID IS IN THE DELICATE MUSIC VIDEO. HE IS A LITTLE ARCHER ANGEL. IT WAS RIGHT IN OUR FACES ALL THE DAMN TIME. pic.twitter.com/Ee5j9NuKRN
FOR THOSE OF Y’ALL WHO DON’T BELIEVE THAT DELICATE AND THE ARCHER ARE ONE (1) SONG IN TWO JUST A REMINDER THAT WHEN TAYLOR IS DANCING IN THE DELICATE MV BEHIND HER THERE’S A GRAFFITI THAT SAYS “TRACK 5” pic.twitter.com/SwFEt51N6k
She might have given an easter egg for this months ago.
Aside from putting the bullseye and the number five in her “You Need To Calm Down” video, it looks like Taylor dropped a hint about this song months ago in an Elle profile.
“‘An old American Sitcom called ‘Archer,’ is about a spy who has issues with “his friends and colleagues who live to undermine & betray one another.’ Lesson 5 in Elle US is about banishing people who hurt you & cause drama.
This is the narrative of Track 5, The Archer”
An old American Sitcom called “Archer,” is about a spy who has issues with “his friends and colleagues who live to undermine & betray one another.”
Lesson 5 in Elle US is about banishing people who hurt you & cause drama.
This is the narrative of Track 5, The Archer pic.twitter.com/CdWD3hB0h6
So is this song about friends who betray one another? HELP.
She hinted at this in the “ME!” video.
HELP us one and all. This woman is a mastermind.
🔍 | Taylor has been teasing #TheArcher ever since the “ME!” music video, with the 💘 from the neon “Lover” sign having an arrow going through it! pic.twitter.com/6S7PwlXegi
Wait, circling back, what is this song actually about?
Okay so there seems to be two major competing theories here. First, if “Delicate” was supposedly about Joe Alwyn, and this is a follow-up to “Delicate,” this song should theoretically also be about Joe, right?
The issue with that is the “banish the drama” theory, and the fact that in the song she talks about how all her enemies started as friends. So is this… about her friends? She also says all her heroes died alone. WHO DIED? So yeah, we’re not quite ready to be conclusive on this one, but we’ll update this post if better theories become available.
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