"The Old Taylor Swift Is Dead" Lyric From "Look What You Made Me Do" Is Taking On A Life Of Its Own
Taylor Swift may be 27, but some fans think she's still stuck in high school. After a three-year wait, the singer finally unveiled her new single, "Look What You Made Me Do," on Thursday night. It's a barbed, scathing takedown of a sworn enemy or an ex something or other (OK, fine, most people think it's Kanye West), but one lyric in particular has the internet rolling their eyes: people are dragging Swift's "the old Taylor Swift is dead" lyric all over Twitter.
First, some context, so you can judge for yourself. Here's the verse in its full glory: "Oh, Look what you made me do / Look what you made me do / (I'm sorry, the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Oh, 'cause she’s dead.) / Look what you just made me do / Look what you just made me do."
It comes in just before the final chorus, as a breathy, faux ingénue retort. Imagine it said with a hair flip and a smug smile and you may just find yourself harkening back to your days in middle school, where things like petty gossip and queen bee hierarchies still mattered.
Suffice it to say, listeners found the lyric, um, a little rudimentary.
1. Some People Were in Disbelief
"IM SORRY THE OLD TAYLOR CANT COME TO THE PHONE RIGHT NOW! WHY? OH! CAUSE SHES DEAD!" THESE ARE REAL LYRICS TAYLOR SWIFT SINGS— HipsterTSwift (@HipsterTSwift) August 25, 2017
I missed the part where she aged back to 13.
2. Others Were Confused
Me after listening to Taylor Swift's new song and hearing her say the old Taylor Swift is DEAD pic.twitter.com/Ygh9IOnHd7— Emma Mathews (@sassymathews) August 25, 2017
Swift is one of the biggest pop stars in the country right now. Something tells me should could dig a little deeper.
3. And At Least A Few Were Outright Laughing
i don't think there's been a piece of comedy in the last ten years that is funnier than taylor swift's new single and edgy rebrand pic.twitter.com/Wk41n7iVKE— demi adejuyigbe (@electrolemon) August 25, 2017
This doesn't bode well for the album.
4. This Twitter Detective Found A Relevant Photo
RIP old Taylor Swift who can't come to the phone right now. (2006-2017) pic.twitter.com/UVt9eCUnrP— Taylor Banks (@MsTaylorBanks) August 25, 2017
Ah, the good old days.
5. Kris Jenner Is On The Case
This GIF use is iconic.
6. A Few People's Minds Were Blown
It all makes sense now.
7. And Fans Used It To Express Their Appreciation
Is this like the whole reclaiming the snake situation?
8. The Emo Phase Is Beginning
Every former angsty teen knows that phase well.
9. A Memorial Popped Up
Don't be sad the old Taylor is dead.— Chana Benson ⭐️ (@somedayactress) August 25, 2017
Be happy that you existed during the time she was alive. pic.twitter.com/lwFTUE6AtC
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Or something like that.
10. Some Heads Are Spinning
Seriously, what about fans of the old Swift supposed to do now?
11. She Doesn't Even Go Here Anymore
A+ use of a Mean Girls GIF.
12. It's Time To Say Goodbye
Again, Twitter's GIF game is on point.
So, there you have it — the old Taylor Swift may be gone, but she's left an onslaught of memes in her memory.