Taylor Swift has finally released her new single “Me!” after weeks of Instagram breadcrumbs, and the trail might lead to another collaboration with a certain set of “chicks.”
The new pastel video for “Me!”—which costars Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco—features plenty of Easter eggs referenced by Swift in the Instagram posts she teased the album with, including a very symbolic scene wherein a snake explodes into a butterfly. Of course, the last time we got a new T-Swift album, she embraced the “snake” with Reputation, making the unflattering moniker coined by Kardashian stans into an inflatable friend she brought out onstage. So “Me!” is a return to a new-old Taylor, America’s sweetheart again, a song, as she told ABC’s Robin Roberts last night, about loving yourself and being who you are.
But the clue fans were by far the most perplexed by was a series of portraits of literal chicks, baby chickens, in sunglasses, which fans now believe was a reference to beloved country girl band the Dixie Chicks. Swift has said publicly she is a fan, and it all seemed confirmed by a portrait of the actual group in a scene in the music video. The fan theory? Swift’s next collaboration will go back to her country roots with the Dixie Chicks (who are no strangers to the art).
And to top it all off, Taylor and the Chicks themselves got into a Twitter exchange after the ladies posted a set of emoji eyes next to a screen grab of their video cameo. Taylor responded that a Dixie Chicks stan never unstans, to which we say: very true.