Taylor Swift’s willingness to turn her lyrics into her own personal version of TMZ has been well-documented—she’s taken former entanglements like Joe Jonas and John Mayer to task for wounding her, and apologized to those she’s hurt on tracks like “Back To December.” One track in particular from Speak Now, the blush-filled ode to an unrequited crush “Enchanted,” had a bit of a mystery regarding its subject.
At the time of Speak Now‘s release, Taylor wouldn’t name names regarding “Enchanted,” but she had this to say to Yahoo! Music’s Chris Willman:
It was about this guy that I met in New York City, and I had talked to him on email or something before, but I had never met him. And meeting him, it was this overwhelming feeling of: I really hope that you’re not in love with somebody. And the whole entire way home, I remember the glittery New York City buildings passing by, and then just sitting there thinking, am I ever going to talk to this person again? … Using the word ‘wonderstruck’ was done on purpose… because that’s a word which that person used one time in an email. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard anybody use that term before, so I purposely wrote it in the song, so he would know.
Who among us can’t relate to this tale of unrequited love, or at least idly wonder which Star denizen she might be talking about? The Internet deduced that the track was about none other than wet-noodle blip-popper Adam Young, who d.b.a. Owl City and who, some celebrity forensic technicians with Yahoo! Answers accounts figured out, was both in New York City at the same time as Swift and a fan of the word “wonderstruck.” Apparently Young took all this scuttlebutt to heart, because over the weekend, he released an answer song!
And as if this wasn’t enough, he appended a letter:
I’ll be the first to admit I’m a rather shy boy and since music is the most eloquent form of communication I can muster, I decided to record something for you—as sort of a “reply” to the breathtaking song on your current record. This is what I wanted so badly to tell you in person but could never quite put into words:
Everything about you is lovely. You’re an immensely charming girl with a beautiful heart and more grace and elegance than I know how to describe. You are a true princess from a dreamy fairy tale, and above all, I just want you to know… I was enchanted to meet you too.
Well, that is sweet, if a little too girly-princess-fantasy-happy for my personal romantic tastes. More importantly, though, both song and letter are in flagrant violation of Swiftian Lyrical Rule Number One: “Never name names, and always allude coyly—at least until the paps show up.” What if Taylor had met some other dude while on that whirlwind trip to New York City?