Taylor Swift clarifies the meaning of the Eagles lyrics in

Taylor Swift clarifies the meaning of the “Eagles” lyrics in “Gold Rush” at The Philadelphia Show

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Is Taylor Swift’s reference to the Eagles in ‘Gold Rush’ about the band or the football team?

At the first of three nights of the Eras Tour on Friday (May 12) at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Swift officially answered that burning question.

Swift addressed the audience as she prepared for the start of her acoustic portion of the show, performing two surprise songs at each concert date. First off, Evermore’s “Gold Rush” made its live debut.

“There was kind of, I don’t know how big the debate was, but I saw the debate about it, like a song lyrics that said ‘With my Eagles t-shirt hanging on the door’ … I saw as some people have wondered if that’s “Was it the band Eagles or the team The Eagles,” she told the crowd at the Linc, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.



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“And I love the band The Eagles,” Swift noted, “but guys, come on. I’m from Philly. Of course it’s up to the team.” Loud applause followed from the locals.

Swift spent her childhood in Pennsylvania before her family moved to Nashville so she could pursue a career in country music as a young teenager. She lived in Reading and Wyomissing, both more than an hour from Philadelphia but close enough to consider Philly her hometown.

Hear their Eagles explanation in the concert clip below. For the night’s other surprise song, Swift brought along the Red-era song “Come Back… Be Here,” which opener Phoebe Bridgers had requested.