Taylor Swift's "Call It What You Want" Lyrics About Joe Alwyn Are Pretty Adorable
Now that Taylor Swift dropped another track from her upcoming album, fans are already speculating who she's singing about. While she's likely the only one who knows that answer for sure, some of Swift's "Call It What You Want" lyrics seem to be about Joe Alwyn, or at least the clues appear to line up. This Reputation track hasn't gotten an official music video yet, so you may have to wait until then for further confirmation.
So far, this is only the fourth track Swift has dropped since announcing her new album. And fans speculate that two of the previous three tracks released — "Gorgeous" and " ... Ready For It" — are about her current boyfriend, Alwyn. The two reportedly met last November at a Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk movie screening. In the film, Alwyn starred as the main character, Billy.
And actually, this screening date might be significant if you read the lyrics of "Call It What You Want." Swift sings,
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
I recall late November
Holding my breath, slowly I said "you don't need to save meBut would you run away with me?"
Swift's mention of "late November" might just be a coincidence, but fans are pretty convinced she's referring to when she may have first started seeing Alwyn. The theory is honestly pretty plausible if you've been paying attention to her previous releases and, in particular, to the " ... Ready For It" video.
In the video, fans noticed countless "Easter eggs" that seemed to reference Alwyn. Lots of the clues were revealed by the graffiti on the wall in the video. For example, the numbers 89 and 91 appear next to each other above a keypad. Yep, Swift was born in '89 and Alwyn was born in '91. And in " ... Ready For It," Swift sings,
Some, some boys are tryin' too hard
He don't try at all, though
Younger than my exes but he act like such a man, so
I see nothing better, I keep him forever
Like a vendetta-ta
The fact that she mentions this love interest is "younger than her exes" is a dead giveaway. As the numbers (89 and 91) above the keypad suggested, Alwyn is two years younger than Swift. But according to her, he's more mature than some of the older guys she's dated. Prior to dating Alwyn, Swift had a short-lived romance with Tom Hiddleston, who's 36 years old. In other words, Hiddleston and Alwyn are 10 years apart.
On top of that the video features the phrase, "ur gorgeous" written on the wall. The next song Swift released, sure enough, was called "Gorgeous" and fans also suspect it's about her current boyfriend, Alwyn. Swift sings,
You should take it as a compliment
That I got drunk and made fun of the way you talk
Well, Alwyn was born in London. Maybe she's talking about his British accent? Then, she sings,
And I got a boyfriend, he’s older than us
He’s in the club doing I don’t know what
You’re so cool it makes me hate you so much
And here, it's possible she's referring to the age gap between her and Hiddleston. Swift goes on to mention a pair of "ocean blue eyes," which could very well belong to Alwyn.
No one but Swift will really ever know for sure, but it seems as though the subject of her three most recent releases is the same person. It's almost impossible not to believe they each reference Alwyn in their own way. And judging by the reactions, fans' hearts are melting.