Here’s A Breakdown Of All Of The Taylor Swift Lyrics That Seemingly “Manifested” Her Relationship With Travis Kelce

Isn’t it just so pretty to think all along, there was some invisible string tying him to her?

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By now we are all pretty familiar with how Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce’s relationship came to be, with Travis telling his podcast listeners back in July that he was disappointed he wasn’t able to meet Taylor when he attended her Eras Tour at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

Travis and Taylor holding hands

Travis explained at the time that he’d planned to give Taylor a friendship bracelet with his phone number on it as he made his romantic intentions clear.

Close-up of Travis with headphones sitting at a microphone

Fast-forward to September, and Taylor sent the world into a meltdown when she was spotted in Travis’s VIP friends and family suite at Arrowhead Stadium to cheer on his football team, the Kansas City Chiefs, in a match.

Close-up of Taylor in the VIP suite with others
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Since then, Travis and Taylor have been incredibly public with their new romance. Over the weekend, they both made surprise appearances on Saturday Night Live and were photographed looking cozy as they walked through New York City together, and multiple insiders have shared intimate details from their date nights.

Close-up of Travis and Taylor holding hands

And, as seen whenever Taylor’s personal life gets attention, many people have taken to social media to share their excitement for the songs that she will inevitably write about this relationship. After all, the pop icon is renowned for memorializing every aspect of her life through music — most notably, her love life.

The love songs taylor is gonna write abour travis are gonna go so hard

— fabs (@sfswifts) October 15, 2023
Twitter: @sfswifts

But one attentive Swiftie called Marg took to her X (formerly known as Twitter) account @BetttysCardigan on Thursday to share her theory that Taylor has seemingly been subconsciously writing about Travis for literally years.

Close-up of Taylor leaning on a verdant rock and smiling

The fan went so far as to say that Taylor’s discography effectively “manifested” her latest relationship — and having looked at the evidence, I think it’s fair to say that Marg might actually be onto something.

Close-up of Taylor onstage holding a guitar

While Travis certainly is “tall and handsome as hell” and definitely has “green eyes,” here is a full breakdown of all of Taylor’s more nuanced lyrics that eerily predicted her and Travis’s romance.

Close-up of Travis in a suit and tie

The viral thread begins with Marg referencing Taylor’s song “Mary's Song (Oh My My My),” which was released on her debut self-titled album all the way back in 2006, when Taylor was just 17 years old.

Close-up of Taylor smiling and holding a guitar

The track was inspired by a couple who had been married “forever” and lived next door to Taylor’s family. It concludes with the lyrics, “I'll be 87 you'll be 89 / I’ll still look at you like the stars that shine.”

Screenshot of the lyrics

Of course, in the context of the song, the numbers mentioned are a reference to age, but Taylor’s decision to pair 87 with 89 was an interesting choice 17 years ago, given their current relevance.

Taylor onstage holding a guitar with an ad for "1989 (Taylor's Version)" behind her

It’s fair to say that the number 89 has been associated with Taylor since the release of her fifth album, 1989, in 2014, which is named after her birth year. Meanwhile, Travis’s Kansas City Chiefs jersey number is 87.

Close-up of Travis wearing his Chiefs jersey

While we are at the basics of numbers, days of the week also have some relevance in this theory, with Taylor’s 2012 song “Begin Again” mentioning how, after suffering heartbreak from a failed relationship, she rediscovered love on a Wednesday.

Lyrics: "I think it's strange that you think I'm funny 'cause he never did / I've been spending the last 8 months / Thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end / But on a Wednesday in a café I watched it begin again"

Taylor’s six-year relationship with Joe Alwyn ended earlier this year and was followed by a short-lived and highly controversial romance with Matty Healy that ended in May, leaving it fair to assume that Taylor had become a little disillusioned with love before Travis came around.

Taylor sitting with Joe at a table with champagne and other bottles and glasses

And if you couldn’t guess, the podcast episode where Travis talked about Taylor and apparently kick-started their whole relationship was released on a Wednesday. Wednesday, July 26, to be exact.

Anyone know how to get a bracelet to @taylorswift13? … asking for a friend 😅 @BWWings

New episode premieres NOW!

Tap in:

— New Heights (@newheightshow) July 26, 2023
Twitter: @newheightshow

Then there’s Taylor’s 2019 song “Cornelia Street,” which is believed to have been written about Joe but actually foreshadows a key part of her and Travis’s relationship with these lyrics: “The streetlights pointed in an arrowhead / Leading us home.”

Lyrics: "We were a fresh page on the desk / Filling in the blanks as we go / As if the streetlights pointed in an arrowhead / Leading us home"

Arrowhead Stadium is undeniably this relationship’s catalyst, as the home of Travis’s football team and where he went to watch Taylor in concert.

Taylor onstage in a large stadium

Suffice to say, if Travis hadn’t gone to Arrowhead to watch the Eras Tour, he wouldn’t have discussed his disappointment at not meeting Taylor on his podcast afterward, and they may never have ended up crossing paths.

Overhead shot of a stadium

Not to mention, Arrowhead is also where Travis and Taylor went public with their relationship for the first time when she showed up to support him at the game.

Close-up of Taylor applauding

Speaking of, Taylor goes on to sing in “Cornelia Street": “Baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name.” While this line is considered to be a metaphor in the context of her relationship with Joe, Taylor would literally have heard Kansas City Chiefs fans screaming Travis’s name during the match.

Travis in his football jersey on the field

When it comes to names, there is another preemptive Easter egg in Taylor’s 2017 song “…Ready for It?,” from Reputation, which opens with the lyrics, “Knew he was killer first time that I saw him.” If you didn’t know, Travis’s Instagram name is @KillaTrav.”

Lyrics: "Knew he was a killer first time that I saw him / Wondered how many girls he had loved and left haunted / But if he's a ghost, then I can be a phantom / Holdin' him for ransom, some"
Screenshot of his IG handle

And pretty much the entirety of Taylor’s song “End Game,” which was released on the same album, could have been written about her current relationship thanks to its several clever references to football, including, “I wanna be your first string / I wanna be your A-team.”

Taylor onstage performing

Taylor also sings, “Oh, you and me, we got big reputations,” which is a pretty fair description of a 12-time Grammy Award winner and a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Taylor holding a Grammy

She goes on to describe how the pairing would be a "big conversation," which is definitely the case here, with Taylor and Travis's relationship absolutely dominating pop culture and sports discourse for the last month.

Lyric: "Hey, big reputation, big reputation / Ooh, you and me would be a big conversation, ah"

Interestingly, football is a common theme in many of Taylor’s songs. In "Gold Rush," she sings about an "Eagles T-shirt hanging from the door,” which she confirmed earlier this year was a reference to the Philadelphia Eagles. This just so happens to be the same team that Travis's brother, Jason Kelce, plays for.

Jason and Travis at a sports stadium

In Taylor's teen hit “Fifteen," she sings, “In your life you’ll do things greater than dating the boy on the football team,” with it not lost on fans that she has managed to do many greater things with her life since that song’s release — and is now also dating the boy on the football team.

Close-up of Taylor in a spaghetti-strap outfit

Then “Stay, Stay, Stay,” which was released in 2012, includes a lyric that many think could have literally been written about Travis, considering both his profession and his brilliant sense of humor.

If Taylor and Travis ever almost break up, he has the opportunity to do the funniest thing…Like if Taylor tells Travis they should talk about it (‘cause she read you should never leave a fight unresolved) he could come in wearing a football helmet and say “Ok, let’s talk”???

— Julia (@Julia_10_12) October 19, 2023
Twitter: @Julia_10_12

In the song, Taylor recounts almost breaking up with a boyfriend following a huge argument that saw her throw her cellphone at him. She then sings, “This morning I said we should talk about it / ’Cause I read you should never leave a fight unresolved / That's when you came in wearing a football helmet and said, ‘OK, let's talk.’”

Travis in his NFL jersey and a helmet

And on an incredibly satisfying note, Taylor’s 2010 song “Mean” is a response to her critics where she sings, “I can see you years from now in a bar / Talking over a football game / With that same big, loud opinion / But nobody’s listening.”

Screenshot of the lyrics

“All of the people hating on Taylor can’t even avoid her anymore because she’s shown all over the NFL now,” Marg pointed out on the X thread. And NFL fans are already no strangers to sharing their “big, loud” opinions about the coverage that Taylor gets during football games.

Taylor in the VIP box at the stadium

Then we have Taylor’s 2022 song “Karma,” which lists all of the signs of the star’s good karma. The list includes “the guy on the screen coming straight home” to her — and with Travis being caught on everything from ESPN to NBC to CBS, you probably couldn’t get a stronger real-life personification of a “guy on the screen.”

Lyric: "Sweet like justice, karma is a queen / Karma takes all my friends to the summit / Karma is the guy on the screen / Coming straight home to me"

Another song from Taylor’s recent Midnights album, “Mastermind,” has also faced renewed interest off the back of her relationship with Travis. The track is thought to have been inspired by the way that Taylor pursued, and “masterminded,” her relationship with Joe as soon as she met him.

Lyric: "And the first night that you saw me, nothing was gonna stop me / I laid the groundwork and then just like clockwork / The dominoes cascaded in a line / What if I told you I'm a mastermind? / And now you're mine"

Fans have now argued that Travis flipped the switch on this and managed to “mastermind” Taylor in his active pursuit of a date with her. After all, there’s no denying that Travis’s efforts to attend Taylor’s tour, make the friendship bracelet, put his feelings out there on his podcast, and mention her during press interviews ended up paying off big time.

Close-up of Travis and Taylor holding hands

“The mastermind got masterminded,” Marg said in the X thread. “That’s it.”

Screenshot of a line from the song and then her comment

And the now-infamous friendship bracelet itself arguably only came into existence thanks to a lyric from "You're on Your Own Kid," also from Midnights.

Close-up of Taylor wearing long, sparkly earrings

In this song, Taylor sings, "Everything you lose is a step you take / So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it."

Lyric: "'Cause there were pages turned with the bridges burned / Everything you lose is a step you take / So make the friendship bracelets, take the moment and taste it / You've got no reason to be afraid"

The lyric inspired fans to craft their own friendship bracelets and bring them to exchange with other fans at the Eras Tour. It's thanks to this lyric — and this trend — that Travis thought of his ingenious idea to get Taylor's attention.

Fans wearing friendship bracelets

Needless to say, the theory that Taylor “manifested” Travis has caused a huge stir, with one person replying to the thread to point out that it is almost as though Taylor has actually been soft-launching Travis for years.

"This thread makes it look like she soft launched him for YEARS"

“no one can convince me that they're not soulmates i stg,” someone else replied. Another echoed, “ok i might be buying that taylor has been manifesting this relationship.”

Screenshot of the manifesting comment

“They are SOULMATES!!” one more tweeted. “Who knew Taylor described him through all these years.”

Screenshot of the soulmates comment

And it is difficult to look at all of this and not think of Taylor’s 2020 song "Invisible String."

Taylor performing on a verdant roof

“Isn't it just so pretty to think,” Taylor sings, “all along, there was some invisible string tying you to me?”

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