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Taylor Swift Dishes on "Betty"

"In music you can sing from other people’s perspectives."

August 10, 2020
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Three of the songs ("August," "Cardigan," and "Betty") on Taylor Swift's surprise album Folklore are widely believed to be about the same three characters, all involved in a love triangle: James and his girlfriend Betty, and the "other woman" (or the local gossip?), Inez. 

“The song ‘betty’ is about a 17-year-old named James learning to apologize, because James has lost the love of his life basically and doesn’t understand how to get it back," Taylor elaborates in a statement from her label. "I think we all have these situations in our lives where we learn to really, really give a heartfelt apology for the first time.

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"Everybody makes mistakes," she continues. "Everybody really messes up sometimes, and this is a song that I wrote from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy. And I always loved that in music you can kind of slip into different identities and you can sing from other people’s perspectives.

"So, that’s what I did with this one. I named all the characters in this story after my friends’ kids, and I hope you like it.”