Is Calvin Harris' "My Way" About Taylor Swift? Let's Take A Look At The Evidence
You know, guys, I'm still trying to get over the Tayvin relationship. Yes, still. Take your judgement elsewhere. So, if we could all be just a little bit more sensitive when it comes to the vehement speculation that it's never, ever going to be rekindled, I'd greatly appreciate it. As Us Weekly so graciously pointed out, the internet (and like, everyone else) thinks that Calvin Harris' new song, "My Way" is about Taylor Swift. The downside to that assumption? The song isn't one that's begging for a reconciliation. I mean, the title in and of itself kind of says otherwise.
But you know what they say about assuming. Rather than jump to conclusions that the song is about Swift because it seems to be the most obvious answer, we have to acknowledge that sometimes even in real life, there are big ol' red herrings to consider. How shall we approach this? We'll look at the lyrics, of course. And, you know, take a look back on all of the other clues Swift and Harris have given us about their now defunct relationship.
First things first, as per Genius, the initial verse goes like this,
Why wait to say, at least I did it my wayLie awake, two facedBut in my heart I understandI made my move and it was all about youNow I feel so far removed
OK, yeah. I'm not going to pretend that that verse isn't kind of damning. I mean, the emphasis on the impassioned "my" and resentful "you" feels like a call back to the DJ's emotional tweet after their split:
But, like I said, red herrings. Sorry, I was an English major. You have to work with me and my fixation on literary devices here. Despite the lyrics fitting into the theory that this is about Swift, there is evidence that it's not, as well. As Genius notes, Harris told iHeartRadio that he's had this tune cooked up in his head for longer than he's even known Swift. He explained, "I kind of had the idea for the concept for a few years, but I didn't know how to work out how it sounded."
Somewhat ironically, while the chorus is only one line repeated six times, it might be the most telling part of the entire song:
You were the one thing in my wayYou were the one thing in my wayYou were the one thing in my wayYou were the one thing in my wayYou were the one thing in my wayYou were the one thing in my way
Back in June, I assessed that Harris' Snapchat declaring himself "sexy and free," as per the Jessie J song "Domino," seemed to be a pointed jab at Swift for a few very good reasons. But, for the sake of this particular argument, I'm going to point out the one factoid that I'd think stand up best in the court of internet shade law. If you recall, Harris allegedly did a Q&A type of commenting on his Instagram account with fans. One person said, referencing Harris wearing Kanye West-designed shoes and Swift dating Tom Hiddleston, "Calvin, I know you're jealous of Taylor now because she's moved on and found a new boyfriend and that's why you wore those shoes." Harris' alleged response? "Not jealous, sir. FREE."
What's another round about way of proclaiming that you are now, after splitting up from them, "free?" Telling the person allegedly holding you back that "You were the one thing in my way." They're metaphorical synonyms, really. (At the time of the alleged Instagram comments, Bustle reached out to Harris' rep for comment, but we did not receive a response.)
I know what you're thinking, "But you said, that Us Weekly said, that iHeartRadio said, that Harris said he thought up the idea of the song before Swift!" And you're right, I did say that. But here's the kicker. As per the site, he also told iHeartRadio that "My Way" is "...kind of about breaking out of a situation that you thought was a good thing. Then you're way more comfortable out of it. And it could be anything. It could be a job or it could be a relationship." I mean, if that's not a blinking neon sign, Harris' saying that he "didn't know how to work out how [the song] sounded" fits in perfectly with him going through something more recently that enabled him to "work it out."
Despite my perpetual denial over Tayvin's ending, even I have to admit, the evidence here points to one conclusion— in some way or another, Swift probably helped inspire this song.