Katy Perry switched out the lyrics in “Swish Swish” to be be nicer to Taylor
Despite what Katy Perry told Jimmy Fallon, we always knew her song “Swish Swish” was about Taylor Swift. And on Monday night, during the grand finale to Katy’s batshit but genius weekend-long live-stream, she proved we were right.
Because instead of performing the song as written, she changed one of the lyrics in the first verse, mirroring the exact language she’d used to apologize to Taylor Swift just 24 hours earlier.
Yeah, we didn’t think so either.
When Katy Perry’s latest failed #1 single, “Swish Swish” came out, you barely had to read between the lines to tell it was a thinly veiled Taylor Swift diss track.
But a few hours later, Katy Perry went on TV and was like, nuh uhhhhhh, fam. It’s just an anti-bullying anthem, I promise.
Nobody was buying it though, so a few days later Katy decided to pretend like she’d never said that. She went on Carpool Karaoke to spill the tea on what went down between her and Taylor instead.
Possibly in retaliation, Taylor Swift decided to re-release all of her music on Spotify at the exact same second that Katy released her new album on Spotify, in an attempt to steal back the focus and mess with Katy’s head.
Obviously it worked because on Sunday, Katy decided to just bite the bullet and apologize to Taylor. While the whole world was watching.
In an interview segment with Arianna Huffington of all people, Katy said:
“I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it’s actually like, I think it’s time. There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world. I love her and I want the best for her. And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter, and I think that if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, ‘Yeah, well, we can do this.’”
And then she ended it by saying, “God bless her on her journey. God bless her. Honestly.”
Then the next day, while Katy was giving her millions of fans who watched her live-stream a farewell concert, Katy changed the words to “Swish Swish.”
Instead of singing “Don’t you come for me” in the first lyric she changed it to “God bless you on your journey, oh baby girl.”
Obviously, it’s dumb and pandering and kind of low key ruins the song, but at least it’s proof that Katy Perry was lying her ass off when she said “Swish Swish” wasn’t about Taylor.
But the question remains, is Taylor ready to bury the hatchet just because Katy made a grand public gesture?
Your move, T Swift.