It's the moment we've been waiting for since Taylor Swift released her calendar that had stamps on it. The Grammy-winning singer has released her seventh studio album, the first one she owns, Lover. It's full of pop hits and emotional ballads. The fence had five holes and this album has 18 bops.
It's pop greatness, with more than enough references to Drunk Taylor (we stan) and the King of Her Heart, Joe Alwyn. That's not to say that there aren't some *heavy suggestions* towards past relationships with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, as well as possible references to ex-friends like Karlie Kloss.
We wanted to sum up every song in a word, but Taylor Swift is a lyrical genius and we simply couldn't. So along with our more in-depth reading of every track on Lover, you can see how we'd summarize it... in two words.
In (Two) Words: Boy, Bye!
"It isn't hate it's just indifference." Damn, girl. Taylor did that. She talks about how she was "in [her] feelings" more than Drake about someone who "did [her] wrong" and dissed her — until she got over the pain and forgot the person existed. Some think it's about Karlie Kloss (a bit of a pattern for Lover fan theories, honestly), but that's probably not true considering she talks about being front row at their show — meaning it's probably one of her musical exes. Calvin Harris is a strong contender for this one.
In (Two) Words: Bad boy
This is a St. Vincent collaboration that people guess might be her next single, especially as summer is winding down and we're all reflecting on all the sh*t that went down. Plus, it slaps. "Cruel Summer" is about a bad boy and being "drunk in the back of the car," but Taylor also sings about "no rules" saying, "I don't wanna keep secrets just to keep you." Some think it's about the summer after Kim Kardashian's "Famous" Snapchat leak in 2016, which also happened during the summer when she was dating Tom Hiddleston but had just met current bae Joe Alwyn. Yeah, it's complicated.
In (Two) Words: Wedding bells
We've been listening to "Lover" for a week and it's no less romantic. You'll be seeing brides walking down the aisle to this track and newlyweds getting their first dance on while this song plays in the background. It's a true love letter to Taylor's boyfriend Joe Alwyn and one that's sparked engagement rumors about the couple thanks to lyrics like "Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand? With every guitar string scar on my hand / I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover / My heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue."
In (Two) Words: Double standards
Taylor Swift's Lover track "The Man" is all about the double-standards that women face in this industry — and particularly how more controversial aspects of Taylor's public life would be perceived by the media.
With lyrics like, "They'd say I played the field before I found someone to commit to / That would be okay for me to do," and "And I'm so sick of them coming at me again / ‘Cause if I was a man, then I'd be the man," it's pretty obvious what Taylor's talking about here. "Ladies and gentlemen, will you please stand? With every guitar string scar on my hand / I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover / My heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue."
In (Two) Words: Public feuds
The most controversial aspects of Taylor Swift stem from her penchant for celebrity feuds. From Katy Perry to Scooter Braun, Taylor's name has been closely associated with the term "playing the victim." In this song, Taylor admits that she's been "the archer" and "the prey." The song also talks about karmic retribution when she "cut off [her] nose just to spite [her] face."
In (Two) Words: No secret
Early fan theories on Twitter feel confident that this song is either about Joe Alwyn knowing that Taylor loves him or about Tom Hiddleston knowing that Taylor had feelings for Joe while they were dating. As we all know, Taylor and Calvin were together when she met Joe and Tom at the Met Gala. She went on to date Tom for the summer but after they broke up, she and Joe got together. reputation's song "Getaway Car" hints towards cheating, while "I Think He Knows" may be about having feelings for someone while you're dating someone else.
In (Two) Words: reputation era
"The heartbreak prince" has to have some connection to Taylor's "King of My Heart" on reputation, right? Taylor sings about "American glory faded" and "feeling hopeless, ripped up my prom dress." It definitely seems to be talking about Taylor Swift's reputation era, when she was outcasted and alone but Joe Alwyn was there for her. "It's you and me, that's my whole world."
In (Two) Words: Joe Alwyn
I guess we couldn't expect to have just one love song to Joe Alwyn on Lover. Taylor would "marri [him] with paper rings." So there's that. The lyrics feel like a perfect pair with "Lover," but the upbeat pop vibe make it the summertime love song you've been waiting for. "Paper Rings" is an afternoon dance song and "Lover" was made for the dusk. "Kiss you once 'cause I know you had a long night (Oh) / Kiss you twice 'cause it's gonna be alright (Uh) / Three times 'cause you waited your whole life (1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4)."
In (Two) Words: Karlie Kloss?
This is a standout from "Lover" and one that many fans are calling "Getaway Car," but better. Fans feel pretty certain that the song is about her former friendship with Karlie Kloss, who many believe Taylor actually dated at one time. The lyrics suggest Taylor told someone she mentioned "casually in the car" she rents a place on Cornelia Street — and people have dug up old photos of Karlie visiting Taylor at that location in 2016. Taylor sings, "I never want Cornelia Street again," hinting towards a final end to a relationship (or friendship) and no desire to return to it.
In (Two) Words: F*ck Boy
The title of this song really sets the stage for what's to come. It's got darker instrumentals and seems to be about hooking up with someone when you want it to be more. Taylor sings about, "My heart, my hips, my body, my love, / trying to find a part of me that you didn't touch" and how "the morning comes and you're not my baby." She echoes the "my heart, my hips..." format later on in the song but adds, "my trust," suggesting that whomever she wrote this song about ultimately betrayed her.
In (Two) Words: Idris Elba
This song is probably about Joe Alwyn ("saw the dimples first before [she] heard the accent"), not Idris Elba, but since he's the voice in the introduction to the song, we're making him the "In (Two) Words." In this song, Taylor takes us on a Lover tour of London. She's watching rugby in the pub with Joe's Uni friends, nights in Brixton, and high tea. In the finale, Taylor calls herself the "Tennessee Stella McCartney" — and she recently announced a clothing collaboration with the designer. Which came first: the lyric or the project? Taylor said during her Lover's Lounge on YouTube that she called Stella after writing the song to make sure it was okay to mention her name — and that's when Stella offered to do something together.
In (two) Words: I'm crying.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking song on the album is Taylor's collaboration with The Dixie Chicks, which is about her mom's battle with cancer. In March of this year, it was revealed that Andrea Swift's cancer had returned after the initial diagnosis in 2015. In "Soon You'll Get Better," Taylor talks about leaning on her faith and being in denial about what the diagnosis meant. Perhaps the most tragic line, however, is when Taylor asks, "What am I supposed to do / If there's no you?"
In (two) Words: Probably Sex
In the track after Taylor says she "pray[s] to Jesus," she sings "the altar is my hips / even if it's a false god / we'd still worship this love," and fans are torn on what the deeper meaning of this song is. It's another that some believe is about Karlie Kloss, but others feel pretty certain it's about Harry Styles. There aren't a ton of physical clues about besides "heaven is when you touch me, hell is when I fight with you." There are a lot of references to New York City, though, which could be a clue...
In (two) Words: LGBTQ Equality
Does an acronym count as a word? Either way, the meaning behind "You Need To Calm Down" was pretty obvious from the moment we listened. Why be mad when you can be GLAAD? Taylor's finding her publicly political voice and her first step is being a very, very vocal ally to the LGBTQ+ community. Her "YNTCD" music video was full of well-known queer celebrities and the lyric "shade never made anybody less gay" is basically iconic at this point.
In (two) Words: Taking responsibility
"I blew things out of proportion, now you're blue / Put you in jail for something you didn't do," is how Taylor starts "Afterglow." People have criticized Taylor for not taking responsibility for her wrongdoings in the past, but this track is all about taking responsibility for actions and apologizing.
In (two) Words: Hey, Kids!
We've talked "ME!" to death since it's been out for what feels like years. There's not a ton of substance to this song — except that the music video served as a treasure trove of Easter Eggs for future Lover tracks. Also, now we know that spelling is fun... (lyrics that Taylor's recently decided to remove from the final version of Lover.
In (two) Words: Young Friendships
This song brings you back to your childhood BFF, the first person who really taught you what friendship was. But during the song, the friendship grows up and "It's Nice To Have A Friend" becomes an oral history of a close personal bond. It's ethereal and dreamy, and the instrumentals are the aural depiction of Lover era's aesthetic. There are xylophones and a trumpet bridge; it's an adult lullaby full of "ooooohs."
In (two) Words: Past | Future
"Daylight" reflects on the past while looking optimistically towards the future. People have looked at the lyric, "I wounded the good and I trusted the wicked" as a reference towards her feud with Katy Perry (the good) and friendship with Karlie Kloss (the "wicked," to Swifties, after she took Scooter's side in their feud earlier this year). But as Taylor sings, "It's morning now / It's brighter now," and she's moving away from the negativity. She's in love and the "20-year dark night" is coming to a close. The album ends with a voice recording of Taylor that states, "I wanna be defined by the things that I love / Not the things I hate, Not the things that I'm afraid of ... Not the things that haunt me in the middle of the night ... You are what you love."