Did Sparks Fly for Taylor Swift When Jake Owen Smiled?

There’s no saying for certain that Taylor Swift‘s “Sparks Fly” song was inspired by Jake Owen, but that’s the latest talk around the Internet. And if you listen closely, it does kind of make sense. She sings, “I see sparks fly whenever you smile.” Have you seen Jake Owen smile? Those bright white teeth, that genuine down-home grin and a great laugh to go along with it? So, yeah, I can see sparks flying when that happens. When I asked Owen about being the inspiration for Swift’s song, he joked, “I’m glad I’m the reason she sold a million this week.” The did-she-or-didn’t-she crush rumors started when some Swift fans found a 2006 post on her MySpace blog all about her experience opening up for Owen at a bar called Duke’s in Portland, Ore. And when you decode the lyrics in her liner notes on this tune, you get “Portland, Oregon.” If all this is true, Swift might have to get in line. She’s not the only blond singer to be crushing on Owen. Remember what Britney Spears did to him?

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