One Direction fans have been waiting with bated breath for their latest single to be released and, on Friday, they finally got their wish. Yes, that's right, One Direction's single "Perfect" is available on iTunes and Spotify, and fans are already listening to the track on repeat — as they should. Aside from the "'Perfect' is perfect jokes" that are far too easy to make, there is another reaction that people might just have to the ballad. And that is, well, exactly who is One Direction's "Perfect" about anyway? Rumor has it that "Perfect" is similar to Taylor Swift's "Style" (aka the 1989 hit that she allegedly wrote about Harry Styles), and there is certainly a lot of evidence to support the theory that this particular One Direction single goes out to Swift. But let's not get ahead of ourselves here. Let's look at the lyrics.
Personally, I'm already convinced that Styles is replying to, well, Swift's entire discography with this song, but that could just be me. The new One Direction song opens with a slow and sultry verse that warns the girl that the boys are singing to that they might not be the best or most perfect boyfriend to have. I mean, people are people, you know, and they're not princes or anything.
I might never be your knight in shining armorI might never be the one you take home to motherI might never be the one who brings you flowersBut I can be, be the one tonight
Anyone else getting flashbacks to Taylor Swift's "White Horse?" Or how about in "Clean," when she sings that, "The drought was the very worst, when the flowers that we'd grown together died of thirst." Hmm.
But the parallels don't end there. The boys go on to sing:
When I first saw you from across the roomI could tell that you were curiousGirl, I hope you're sure what you're looking for'Cause I'm not good at making promises
The theme of promises, broken and kept, is threaded throughout Swift's lyrics, such as "All Too Well" ("Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise") or "Our Last Night" ("Was it just like those promises that you made on our last night?")
And then we get to the chorus, which packs literally as many parallels as it can into itself to the point where I'm at a loss to explain who else this song could possibly be if not Swift.
But if you like causing trouble up in hotel roomsAnd if you like having secret little rendezvousIf you like to do the things you know that we shouldn't doBaby I'm perfectBaby I'm perfect for you
If you like late night driving with the windows downIf you like going places we can't even pronounceIf you like to do whatever you've been dreaming aboutBaby you're perfectBaby you're perfectSo let's start right now
Well, let's see. How does "Style" open again? Oh, right: "Midnight, you come and pick me up, no headlights. A long drive could end in burning flames or paradise." And, hm, what about "I Know Places?" In which Swift sings, "Loose lips sink ships all the damn time. Not this time." Sounds like evidence of a secret rendezvous to me.
The next verse reinforces the fact that a good boyfriend is the exact opposite of what the boys are for the purposes of this track.
I might never be the hand you put your heart inOr the arms that hold you any time you want themBut that don't mean that we can't live here in the moment'Cause I can be the one you love from time to time
But, of all the lyrics, the most damning evidence that "Perfect" is about Swift comes in the bridge of the song.
And if you like cameras flashing every time we go out, oh yeahIf you're looking for someone to write your breakup songs aboutBaby I'm perfectBaby we're perfect
"I Know Places" is a song literally about running to get out of the spotlight because having people look in on your relationship can lead to it crashing and burning. As for someone to write your breakup songs about, well, what is Swift most famous for doing — whether that's a fair assessment of her music or not? Yeah. Quite honestly, perhaps the best part of this song is the fact that, as far as responses go, it's not at all mean-spirited or rude. In fact, like "Style" and like "Out of the Woods," it's actually kind of sweet with a hint of longing. Not a bad way to get closure over the end of Haylor, am I right?
Check out the song below, and judge for yourself who you think the song is about.