ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The first line of Taylor Swift's new song titled "The Last Great American Dynasty," goes like this:
The song is about Rebekah West Harkness, also known as Betty Harkness, and it's featured on her new album "Folklore," which was just released on Thursday night.
Harkness went to John Burroughs School in St. Louis, was an accomplished dancer who started her own ballet company and once owned a mansion in Rhode Island that Swift purchased in 2013 for about $17 million. Harkness married William Hale Harkness – her second of four marriages – whose family founded the Standard Oil company.
Swift's new song goes:
The song really digs into some of Harkness’s antics, including how she "filled the pool with champagne," the time she was in a feud with a neighbor and decided to dye his dog "key lime green," and once played cards with the Spanish artist Salvador Dali.
As the song states:
"I found myself not only writing my own stories, but also writing about or from the perspective of people I’ve never met, people I’ve known, or those I wish I hadn’t," Swfit stated this song, in particular, is about "a misfit widow getting gleeful revenge on the town that cast her out."