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Is Taylor Swift's "Innocent" Actually About LeBron James?

​We here at County Grind don't usually get involved with people's personal business. That is, unless it involves us somehow. And, these days, if something involves LeBron James, it involves us; because the Dolphins suck, and if the Heat don't take over the world, we're all going to just shit ourselves and throw a big fit. So when Taylor Swift announced that she'd be coming down to the BankAtlantic Center next year on June 2 and 3 as part of her massive world tour, we figured we'd better take a look at things and make sure it's not going to be threatening our beloved Miami Heat in any way. What we found has us very worried.

There seems to be a connection between Miss Swift and our main man LeBron.

See, back in '09, she wore a LeBron Jersey at a show she played in Cleveland on October 13, which was exactly one month after her incident with Kanye West at the VMAs. Now, she probably wasn't the only person at that show wearing a LeBron James jersey (a lot of folks got 'em now). But of all the people at that show wearing LeBron jerseys, hers is most likely to have come from LeBron himself -- she's gorgeous and famous. There's nothing to prove that she was still very upset about the Kanye West incident and had taken comfort in LeBron James' big warm arms the night before the show in Cleveland and she was still wearing his personal jersey, which she had picked up off his bedroom floor, at the show -- but that's still a pretty vivid image, huh?

Fast-forward to July 9, 2010. That's when Kanye West was seen kickin' it with LeBron at his exclusive "Decision" event in Connecticut. Guess who wasn't seen kickin' it with LeBron at the event: Taylor Swift. Could it be that she was unhappy with his "Decision" to abandon sweet little Cleveland for the big, debaucherous, neon Miami? And could it be that, to really stick it to her, LeBron invited her arch nemesis to the event, where he would announce that he'd be making the move?

Now, without this last piece of information that we are about to share, we wouldn't be as frazzled by the potential connections that we are seeing between these occurrences. I mean, we care for Taylor, and if we only knew that her sweet little heart had been broken by our key to world domination, we'd be saddened. But we stumbled upon a recent journal entry that Taylor made on her website with the lyrics to a new song of hers called "Innocent," which was released since the "The Decision," mind you.

Now, there was massive (ho-hum) speculation that the song was addressing her feud with Kanye. But let's just look at the evidence: The song is about someone who once had everyone's support (ahem... like LeBron in Cleveland) but then made a terrible mistake and ruined everything (uh-oh). In the song, Swift offers sympathy but makes disturbing references. She talks about this person being "shattered on the floor," and we all remember Taylor apparently using mirrors to capture the souls of South Floridians last spring. Is that what she has in mind for James? To capture his soul, then shatter it on her floor? Then she mentions "monsters," and the number 32. LeBron's old number is 23, and, on that note, the upcoming shows are on June 2 and 3. June is the sixth month of the year, and LeBron's number on the Heat is 6 (yes, 2 times 3). Too weird!

Finally, she keeps singing "who you are is not where you've been," which makes us wonder if she may be longing for the old Cleveland LeBron. Is she planning on employing evil sorcery over two nights in South Florida to capture his soul, destroy him, and steal him from us? We'll let you make up your own mind and act accordingly. But know this: We'll be keeping a close eye on the situation. We've got your back, LeBron (and Taylor's, if we're completely off on this one).

Listen to "Innocent" again, and see if images of the King's quest for an NBA championship come to mind.


Guess you really did it this time

Left yourself in your war path

Lost your balance on a tight rope

Lost your mind trying to get it back

Wasn't it easier in your lunchbox days

Always a bigger bed to crawl into

Wasn't it beautiful when you believed in everything

And everybody believed in you

It's alright, just wait and see

Your string of lights is still bright to me

Oh, who you are is not where you've been

You're still an innocent

Still an innocent

Did some things you can't speak of

But tonight you live it all again

You wouldn't be shattered on the floor now

If only you had seen what you know now then

Wasn't it easier in your firefly catching days

When everything out of reach someone bigger brought down to you

Wasn't it beautiful running wild 'til you fell asleep

Before the monsters caught up to you

It's alright, just wait and see

Your string of lights is still bright to me

Oh, who you are is not where you've been

You're still an innocent

It's okay, life is a tough crowd

Thirty two and still growing up now

Who you are is not what you did

You're still an innocent

Time turns flames to embers

You'll have new Septembers

Every one of us has messed up too

Minds change like the weather

I hope you remember

Today is never too late to... be brand new.


Lost your balance on a tight rope

It's never too late to get it back

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Travis Newbill