Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’: Meaning, Easter Eggs, & Fan Theories

Taylor Swift just released the first single for her upcoming seventh studio album, “ME!.” Here’s what you need to know about the song’s meaning, as well as hidden Easter eggs and all the fan theories around the song.

The song, which was officially announced on April 25, is a collaboration with Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco; this will mark the first time Swift has released the first single of a new album as a collaboration with another artist.

To Robin Roberts on ABC an hour before the single’s release, Swift said,

‘Me!’ is a song about embracing your individuality and really celebrating it and owning it…I think with a pop song we have the ability to get a melody stuck in people’s heads, and I just want it to be one that makes them feel better about themselves.”

Here’s what you need to know:


The Lyrics & Apparent Meaning of ME!

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Here are the lyrics to ME!:

[Intro: Taylor Swift]
I promise that you’ll never find another like me

[Verse 1: Taylor Swift]
I know that I’m a handful, baby, uh
I know I never think before I jump
And you’re the kind of guy the ladies want
(And there’s a lot of cool chicks out there)
I know that I went psycho on the phone
I never leave well enough alone

And trouble’s gonna follow where I go
(And there’s a lot of cool chicks out there)

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
But one of these things is not like the others
Like a rainbow with all of the colors
Baby doll, when it comes to a lover
I promise that you’ll never find another like

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Me-e-e, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
I’m the only one of me
Baby, that’s the fun of me
Eeh-eeh-eeh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
You’re the only one of you
Baby, that’s the fun of you
And I promise that nobody’s gonna love you like me

[Verse 2: Brendon Urie & Taylor Swift]
I know I tend to make it about me
I know you never get just what you see
But I will never bore you, baby
(And there’s a lot of lame guys out there)
And when we had that fight out in the rain
You went after me and called my name

I never wanna see you walk away
(And there’s a lot of lame guys out there)[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift & Brendon Urie, Brendon Urie]
‘Cause one of these things is not like the others
Livin’ in winter, I am your summer
Baby doll, when it comes to a lover
I promise that you’ll never find another like[Chorus: Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift & Brendon Urie]
Me-e-e, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
I’m the only one of me
Let me keep you company
Eeh-eeh-eeh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
You’re the only one of you
Baby, that’s the fun of you
And I promise that nobody’s gonna love you like me[Bridge: Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift & Both]
Hey, kids!
Spelling is fun!
Girl, there ain’t no I in “team”
But you know there is a “me”
Strike the band up, 1, 2, 3
I promise that you’ll never find another like me
Girl, there ain’t no I in “team”
But you know there is a “me”
And you can’t spell “awesome” without “me”
I promise that you’ll never find another like me

The meaning to Swift’s new single appears to be pretty straightforward: it describes the effort to explain to someone that you might be difficult to be in a relationship with, but that it’s worth it because you’re the only one of your kind. ME! seems to be about celebrating yourself as an individual, both on your own and in romantic relationships. Certain parts of the video play into this theme, including unicorns.

Here are some lyrics in the song that have been noted by Genius as having potentially significant meaning or callbacks to other Swift songs:

“I know I never think before I jump”

Swift has an older song titled Jump and Fall, which is all about taking risks with love. Additionally, in her famous song Fifteen, Swift has a lyric that reads, Don’t forget to look before you fall

“And trouble’s gonna follow where I go”

Swift has referenced the idea of “trouble” (in several forms) as a constant theme in much of her music. There is, of course, her single I Knew You Were Trouble, about an unhealthy relationship.

“And when we had that fight out in the rain
You went after me and called my name”

Swift’s earlier music, particularly, makes note of fights in the rain on a number of occasions, which could be one of the strongest symbols within ME! that Swift might be making a return to the themes and emotions of her earlier work. Most notably, one of Swift’s songs from her album Fearless, titled That’s the Way I Loved You, has a set of lyrics that read, But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain / And it’s 2am and I’m cursing your name


Easter Eggs in ME!

Swift hinted at one pretty obvious Easter egg in ME, which she described as a “secret” she’d been keeping for months: a new cat.

Another Easter egg that opens up the video is the snake, named Karen, which became eponymous with Swift’s music for her sixth album, Reputation. Karen is now a different color than she used to be, a pink-and-white colored snake who seems in line with Swift’s new color palette of pastels and technicolor. Even more tellingly, the snake slithers across the screen and bursts into butterflies, which plays into the metamorphosis metaphor that has been the general theme of Swift’s Instagram, as of late.

One user wrote, “Rest In Peace Karyn. Gone but not forgotten.”

The Dixie Chicks can also be seen at one point in the video, in the form of a portrait on a gallery wall:

Some fans are speculating that this means they’ll feature on the new album. However, it’s worth pointing out that the wall is also technically supposed to be an ode to “cool chicks.”


Fan Theories on ME!, Along With TS7 in General

During a question and answer period with fans on YouTube leading up to the release of ME!, Swift dropped some substantial clues about her upcoming album, including the fact that it’s already finished (and Selena Gomez has listened to it in full), as well as the fact that the fifth track on the album is about “the holes in the fence.”

People also noted the blue hair that Swift appears to be rocking in some of the scenes for ME!, though it’s not clear if that’s part of the costume or supposed to be indicative of some sort of greater meaning.

One of the more predominant theories circulating about TS7 isn’t one specific notion, but rather the idea that the general aesthetic and mood of the new album will be in stark contrast to Reputation. And that aesthetic change, which has largely been defined as a mass marketing rollout by Swift across several mediums (including magazine covers, her Instagram feed, and her Time 100 outfit), could have implications for her music, as well.

Jill Gutowitz of Vulture writes,

All signs predict that, lyrically and sonically, TS7 will be a return to her days of girlish lusting: uplifting, hopeful, pure, optimistic, brimming with love and daydreams and crushes and new dawns that follow dark times. The actual composition, the music, will likely differ from Reputation, too — she may return to the more strummy sounds of Red or Speak Now, rather than the dark, moody synths and swirling electronic harmonies of her latest album. But also, that “screaming color” reference is from 1989 — so maybe the album will be pure pop!


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