Taylor Swift is known for her lyrical genius, hiding hidden messages and details in her songs. Many of her songs are bops that are easy to love and listen to, but some of them also have deeper meanings.
Message in a Bottle is one of those tracks that has a lot to say, but it's hard to decipher its meaning. Its lyrics refer to a person who has been by her side throughout the highs and lows of her career.
This person is someone who she has a strong emotional and psychological dependency on. It may be someone she was dating at the time of writing the song, or it could even be her current boyfriend Harry Styles.
The song is a metaphor for sending a note to an addressee, which she hopes they'll find. Normally, this would be a risky thing to do because of the possibility that no one will receive the message in a timely manner.
Aside from the lyrical meaning, this song is also thematically connected to another original Red track titled “Come Back Be Here.” This is a song about long-distance relationships where one of the partners isn't in town.
It may seem a little strange to sing about someone who is long distance, but it actually makes sense in the context of this album. It's a reminder that you should never get stuck in a situation where you're too far away from someone and that you can still have a great relationship with them despite being separated by miles.