Remember Taylor Swift’s annual Fourth of July party? In 2015, the guest list included Martha Hunt, Gigi Hadid, and Serayah, and some of the gals wore matching American flag onesies. That same summer, she and her then-boyfriend Calvin Harris made the swan float the pool accessory of the year.
And then in 2016, Swift upped the ante at her Rhode Island mansion, inviting Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Ruby Rose, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, and also then-boyfriend Tom Hiddleston. Taylor and her girls wore matching pinstripe bathing suits, and giant inflatable water slides made it look like the party of the year.
Well, that may have all stopped in 2017, when Taylor took a major break away from the spotlight. Fans noticed her slide went up this past Independence Day but we never got any Instagram posts or headline-making, super-cute moments from the event.
So did it even go down, and if not, why was it canceled?
On a new track off Reputation called “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things,” it really, really sounds as though Swift is singing about her annual epic showdown.
It was so nice throwing big parties
Jumping to the pool from the balcony
Everyone swimming in a champagne sea
And there are no rules when you show up here
Bass beat rattling the chandelier
Feeling so Gatsby for that whole year
So why’d you have to rain on my parade
I’m shaking my head
I’m locking the gates
It sounds as though Swift was really enjoying her party until someone became a party pooper. That someone really ticked Swift off, and as a result, her epic summer bashes were no more.
Interesting fact: Two weeks after Swift's 2016 fête, Kim Kardashian shared Snapchat videos in which Swift is heard talking to Kanye West about the lyrics (he raps, "I made that b— famous") to "Famous," a popular track off The Life of Pablo. The dispute over whether or not the former country star approved of this has never really ended.
The next lines, according to fans, could allude to how Swift and West seemingly move on after the rapper famously took over the mic and stage at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards to declare that Beyoncé, not Swift, should have won the award for Best Female Video.
It was so nice being friends again
There I was giving you a second chance
But then you stabbed my back while shaking my head
And therein lies the issue
Friends don’t try to trick you
Get you on the phone and mind-twist you
And so I took an axe to a mended fence
Swift may be referring to the fact that last year, the polite relationship turned sour after an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians aired in which Kim defends Kanye, and says Swift approved on Kanye's lyrics on "Famous."
Regardless of whether it is the couple she's referring to, Swift calls this mystery person's actions "shady" in the song. After continuously singing, “this is why we can’t have nice things” and “did you think I wouldn’t hear all the things you said about me?” she moves on to raise a glass to those she loves:
Here’s a toast to my real friends
They don’t care about that he said, she said
And here’s to my baby
He ain’t reading what they call me lately
And here’s to my mama
Had to listen to all this drama
And here’s to you
'Cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do
Haha, I can’t even say it with a straight face
The drama, friends, has yet to settle.