Swifties spent hours going through Red
's lyrics, trying to work out which ex-boyfriend each song was about. "Maroon" has fans playing the same guessing game. There are a few candidates for the subject of this song.
1. Actor Jake Gyllenhaal, whom Swift dated for three months in 2010. Much of Red
centers on the singer's breakup with Gyllenhaal, and there are a couple of potential clues the actor is the subject of this song too.When the morning came
We were cleaning incense off your vinyl shelf
On "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together
" Swift recalls Gyllenhaal's love of hipster indie records that are "much cooler than mine."The burgundy on my T-shirt
When you splashed your wine into me
track "The 1
" is about a lost romance that some fans believe to be about Gyllenhaal. Both songs reference wine. (On "The 1" she sings, "Rosé flowing with your chosen family").
2. English pop star Harry Styles, with whom Swift had a much-documented romance during the winter of 2012-13.
Again we reference the "burgundy on my T-shirt" lyric. On the 1989
," which is widely thought to be about Styles, Swift mentions a "wine-stained dress."
The "rust that grew between telephones" lyric in the chorus implies it was a long-distance relationship. Styles, of course, hails from England.
3. Singer-songwriter John Mayer, with whom Taylor had a brief relationship after they recorded a duet, "Half of My Heart
," in 2009.
There aren't any specific hints in the lyrics, but Mayer has synaesthesia, which means he sees music as colors.
4. Though Midnights
features Swift's usual first-person narratives, her previous two albums, Folklore
, focus on fictional narratives. Does this song continue along those lines?