Taylor Swift often writes the most emotional songs on her albums on track number five, and she certainly did that with "my tears ricochet." The 2020 song tells the story of an embittered tormentor attending a ceremony for their fallen object of affection. Swift wrote the song and also produced it, along with Jack Antonoff. While the song could be interpreted as a love story gone wrong, some people believe it's actually about Swift's dispute with her former label.
According to a video from Swift's Disney+ special Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions, she was inspired to write the song after watching Noah Baumbach's 2019 film Marriage Story. She says the story focuses on the idea that someone who you trust most in your life can end up being your worst enemy. "It's kind of like that, where the person who you've worked with your entire career, who you have put your faith in more than anyone else in this world to be there for you, is the exact person that you think can do you the most harm," she says.
Swift has not confirmed this interpretation, but many fans believe she was referring to her dispute with Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun, who owned her old record label Big Machine Records before selling their shares to Ithaca Holdings in June 2019. The split ended up leading to the re-release of all of her albums on her own label, Republic Records.