Taylor Swift dropped a new song Thursday from her forthcoming album Reputation. The newest hit appears to be about her relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn, with some references to the Kanye and Kim West feud too. But the part of the launch that has fans most excited are the "Call It What You Want" home videos Swift shared on her social media accounts. They're a mix of her over the past year, all with the new song playing in the background.
On Instagram Stories, the clips start with her singing on the floor playing an acoustic guitar and singing the chorus of the new song:
Cause my baby's fit like a daydream; walking with his head down. I'm the one he's walking to; so call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to. My baby's fly like a jet stream; high above the whole scene. Loves me like I'm brand new; so call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to.
Then the stories continue with what she posted on Twitter: various scenes taken over the last year in her daily life. She's pictured relaxing at her home in Rhode Island, riding a horse in slow motion, sitting next to a fire, painting a watercolor, painting a wall, drinking from a wine glass while holding her guitar, sitting in the living room with her dog, and more. All of these scenes are paired with verse two.
It starts, "All my flowers grew back as thorns; windows boarded up after the storm." Some speculate that's this is a reference to the song "Clean," which is about getting over from an unhealthy relationship. Then it moves on to the positives about the current guy:
He built a fire just to keep me warm; all the drama queens taking swings. All the jokers dressing up as kings; they fade to nothing when I look at him. And I know I make the same mistakes every time; bridges burn, I never learn. At least I did one thing right, I did one thing right. I'm laughing with my lover; making forts under covers. Trust him like a brother; yeah, you know I did one thing right. Starry eyes sparking up my darkest night.
The end of the clip moves into what seem to be shared moments with the person that the song is about, Alwyn. The two have reportedly been dating for about a year, and he's the subject of many of her recent songs. Someone close to the couple told US Weekly, "They have quite a low-key relationship, which Taylor likes. It’s very normal, and no one really knows about it right now. They just work out, watch movies together and invite friends over. Taylor loves to cook and bake for him. They are still taking it slow.”
The lyrics have come a long way away from pining for codependency. A few years ago she was singing, "You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess," and, "Romeo save me, I've been feeling so alone," in "Love Story." Now she sings, "I recall late November, holding my breath, Slowly I said, 'You don't need to save me, but would you run away with me?' Yes." A definite step toward an independence-minded existence.
That coupled with the following verse is reflected in the home videos too:
I want to wear his initial on a chain around my neck; chain round my neck. Not because he owns me, but 'cause he really knows me. Which is more than they can say.
The change fits with an evolution in her music, and from what the lyrics point to, an evolution in her relationships as well. The videos are a glimpse at this new Taylor.