Taylor Swift Wrote Calvin Harris' "This Is What You Came For" & The Clues Were There All Along
Since Taylor Swift was first spotted snuggling seaside with Tom Hiddleston soon after breaking up with Calvin Harris, conspiracy theories have been popping up to explain how or why Swift could move on so quickly. Ever the bearer of juicy news, TMZ reported that the demise of Swift and Harris' relationship was because Swift felt "disrespected" after he released "This Is What You Came For," which TMZ also claimed Swift wrote under a pseudonym. Swift's rep confirmed the claim to Bustle, saying in a statement, "Taylor Swift wrote 'This Is What You Came For' under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg." In addition, Harris has spoken out on Twitter and said that Swift co-wrote the song. While I have my doubts about this song being the reason for their breakup, the song does sound like one Swift would have written.
As for the song possibly leading to the breakup, TMZ claims Swift initially wrote the demo for "This Is What You Came For" on her piano and sent it to Harris, who reportedly loved it. They allegedly went into the studio to record the vocals and produce the song and TMZ claims they decided that they would hide the fact that they collaborated on the song as a couple with Swift deciding to use the name "Nils Sjoberg" on the credits — Harris and Swift's statement both confirm a pseudonym was used. As TMZ points out, that Harris appeared on Ryan Seacrest's show to promote the single and when asked if he would ever work with his GF, Harris said, "You know we haven't even spoken about it. I can't see it happening though." TMZ claims this made Swift upset, but wouldn't this have been their plan all along? To keep the collab a secret?
Breakup rumors aside, I decided to investigate further into Swift writing "This Is What You Came For," and I realized the evidence was pretty telling all along.
First off, a fan on Twitter claimed that when the song's Wikipedia page first popped up, it listed Swift next to Harris as the "writers:"
Currently, the Wikipedia page lists "Nils Sjoberg." Now, I know that Wikipedia isn't the most accurate source, but it seems that whoever wrote the first draft had a little bit of insight into the track.
To be honest, as soon as I heard the song, something about the initial lyrics reminded me of T. Swift. For example,
"Baby, this is what you came for/ Lightning strikes every time she moves/ And everybody's watching her/ But she's looking at you, oh, oh."
This is prime Swift imagery right here! The lyrics to "This Is What You Came For" give me hints of her lyrics for "Wildest Dreams" and "Style," based on their dreamy imagery and melodies. The second verse of "This Is What You Came For" continues with:
"We go fast with the game we play/ Who knows why it's gotta be this way?/ We say nothing more than we need/ I say 'your place' when we leave."
The opening lines to "Wildest Dreams" also includes quotations from the subject of her song, with Swift singing,
"He said, 'Let's get out of this town/ Drive out of this city, away from the crowds'/ I thought, 'heaven can't help me now'/ Nothing lasts forever
Both of these songs have the feeling of meeting up with someone secretly and just wanting to be whisked away for a night of passion, which is also a theme in her song "Style." Those lyrics begin with:
"Midnight/ You come and pick me up, no headlights /Long drive/ Could end in burning flames or paradise/ Fade into view, oh."
Burning flames, you say? Swift sure does like to talk about lights and fire and passion, which are definitely words that can describe lightning. Early on in her career, she pretty much wrote an entire song, "Sparks Fly," about someone moving "like a full rainstorm" and making "sparks fly" when they smile. I have to say, she makes comparisons to natural phenomena work.
If you even listen closely, fans argue that Swift's vocals can even be heard in the "Oooh" break down, specifically the last ones before the chorus is repeated. After closely listening, the style and tone of the vocal sounds a lot like Swift's riffs in her songs, so it makes sense that she recorded the demo and she is still used as a background vocal — as Harris said on Twitter — which has happened before with Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love." Charli XCX wrote the song, and her background vocal is still very apparent in the chorus.
Finally, back in April, when the song was being previewed, John Newman, Harris' current collaborator, allegedly tweeted something that fans did not let slide:
Newman allegedly tagged Harris, Rihanna, and Swift as being involved in the project, and he, supposedly, quickly deleted the post.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, now that the news is confirmed that Swift did actually write "This Is What You Came For," all of the previous clues from using a pseudonym to the lyrics of the song make so much sense. We should all also give Swifties a medal for fandom investigative journalism. They deserve it this time.