Taylor Swift’s Lover Album Lyrics Decoded: Paper Rings, Church Bells and a London Boy


Attention, Swifties! Taylor Swift just dropped her highly-anticipated new album, Lover.

The Grammy winner’s seventh studio album, released at midnight, is comprised of 18 songs, including previously-released tracks “ME!” and “You Need to Calm Down,” as well as “The Archer” and title track “Lover.” Now that the album is out, T.Swift fans (like us!) are combing through the powerful lyrics for messages from the singer. Swift even name-checks stars like DrakeLeonardo DiCaprio and Stella McCartney in her new tracks.

Overall, it seems as though many of Swift’s new tracks are dedicated to her relationship with her longtime love, Joe Alwyn. Swift’s song “Lover” even sparked engagement rumors over her lyrics, which reference a wedding tradition.

“My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue,” Swift sings on the track. “All’s well that ends well to end up with you.”

In her cover story for Vogue‘s September issue, Swift opened up about her new album and the theme of love.

“There are so many ways in which this album feels like a new beginning,” the 29-year-old star explained. “This album is really a love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.”

Let’s take a look at the stand-out lyrics from T.Swift’s new album, Lover!

1. “I Forgot That You Existed”: In this track, Swift sings about a betrayal, a past love who did her wrong. “How many days did I spend thinking ’bout how you did me wrong, wrong, wrong?” T.Swift sings. “Lived in the shade you were throwing/’Til all of my sunshine was gone, gone, gone.”

“And I couldn’t get away from ya/In my feelings more than Drake, so yeah,” the lyrics continue. “Your name on my lips, tongue-tied/Free rent, living in my mind.”

But then, Swift sings, that something happened and she forgot this person existed.

“I forgot that you existed,” the lyrics state. “It isn’t love, it isn’t hate, it’s just indifference.”

2. “Cruel Summer”: This song will make you want to get up and dance! In “Cruel Summer,” T.Swift sings about catching feels for someone new and how that love can impact your life. “And it’s new, the shape of your body/It’s blue, the feeling I’ve got,” Swift sings. “It’s a cruel summer/It’s cool, that’s what I tell ’em/No rules, unbreakable heaven/It’s a cruel summer, with you.”

“I’m drunk in the back of the car/And I cried like a baby coming home from the bar,” Swift later admits. “Said I’m fine, but it wasn’t true/I don’t wanna keep secrets just to keep you.”

The lyrics, “Devils roll the dice/Angels roll their eyes,” are referenced in Swift’s recently released “Lover” music video.

Splash News

3. “Lover”: The Grammy winner dropped her third track one week before the album’s release, making hearts skip a beat over the romantic melody. “Can I go, where you go?” Swift asks in the song. “Can we always, be this close?”

This song seems to be a love letter to her relationship with Alwyn, who she’s loved for “three summers,” but darling, she wants ’em all.

“My heart’s been borrowed and yours has been blue,” Swift sings. ”All’s well that ends well, to end up with you.”

4. “The Man”: The fourth track on Swift’s new album is “The Man,” in which she wonders how life would be if she were a man. “I’d be a fearless leader/I’d be an alpha type/When everyone believes you/What’s that like?” Swift asks. “I’m so sick of running as fast as I can/Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man/And I’m so sick of them coming at me again/’Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man.”

She later mentions Leonardo DiCaprio, singing, ”And they would toast to me or let the players play/I’d be just like Leo in Saint Tropez.”

5. “The Archer”: The fifth track on Swift’s albums have become known for being the most emotional and vulnerable songs. In “The Archer,” Swift sings about sabotaging yourself in a relationship. “Combat, I’m ready for combat/I say I don’t want that, but what if I do?” Swift asks. “‘Cause cruelty wins in the movies/I’ve got a hundred thrown-out speeches I almost said to you.”

“Easy they come, easy they go/I jump from the train, I ride off alone,” the lyrics continue. “I never grew up, it’s getting so old/Help me hold on to you/I’ve been the archer, I’ve been the prey/Who could ever leave me, darling/But who could stay?”

6. “I Think He Knows”: In this track, Swift sings about a relationship in which her feelings are pretty obvious. ”He got that boyish look that I like in a man/I am an architect, I’m drawing up the plans,” she sings. “It’s like I’m 17, nobody understands/No one understands.”

“He got my heartbeat/Skipping down 16th Avenue,” the lyrics continue. “Got that, oh, I mean, wanna see what’s under that attitude like/I want you, bless my soul/And I ain’t gotta tell him, I think he knows.”

Swift later sings that she thinks this man knows that “he better lock it down” or she “won’t stick around.”

“‘Cause good ones never wait,” she adds with a laugh.

7. “Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince”: In this song, Swift references a battle, which her team is not winning. “My team is losing, battered and bruising/I see the high fives between the bad guys/Leave with my head hung, you are the only one/Who seems to care,” Swift sings. “American stories burning before me/I’m feeling helpless, the damsels are depressed/Boys will be boys then, where are the wise men? Darling, I’m scared.”

8. “Paper Rings”: You will definitely be getting down to this sick beat! This track could reignite those engagement or even wedding rumors as Swift sings, “I like shiny things, but I’d marry you with paper rings.” She later continues, “Darling, you’re the one I want, and I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this.”

Swift also sings about painting Alwyn’s brother’s walls.

9. “Cornelia Street”: Swifties, this one is emotional! In this track, Swift references Cornelia Street, which is a location in New York City where the superstar once rented an apartment. The track appears to be a nod to the early days of her relationship with Alwyn. “We were a fresh page on the desk/Filling in the blanks as we go,” Swift sings. “As if the street lights pointed in an arrow head, leading us home.”

Swift and Alwyn, who have been spotted spending time in NYC on number of occasions, have been together for about three years now.

“I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends/I’d never walk Cornelia Street again,” Swift sings. “That’s the kinda heartbreak time could never mend/I’d never walk Cornelia Street again/And baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name/And baby, I’m so terrified of if you ever walk away.”

Taylor Swift, Good Morning America

Andrew H. Walker/Shutterstock

10. “Death By a Thousand Cuts”: In this track, Swift is saying goodbye to a former lover. “Saying goodbye is death by a thousand cuts/
Flashbacks waking me up,” the lyrics state. “I get drunk, but it’s not enough/’Cause the morning comes and you’re not my baby.”

11. “London Boy”: This song is a clear dedication to Alwyn, referencing his dimples and his accent! In the lyrics, Swift talks about meeting her beau’s friends and spending time in his hometown. “You know I love a London boy/I enjoy walking Camden Market in the afternoon,” Swift sings. “He likes my American smile, like a child when our eyes meet/Darling, I fancy you.”

“Took me back to Highgate, met all of his best mates,” the lyrics continue. “So I guess all the rumors are true/You know I love a London boy.”

12. “Soon You’ll Get Better” (featuring Dixie Chicks): Back in March, in her “30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30” piece for Elle, Swift shared that both of her parents have had cancer, adding, “And my mom is now fighting her battle with it again.” In “Soon You’ll Get Better,” Swift teams up with the Dixie Chicks, who she’s idolized from a young age, to write about her mom’s health battle.

“The buttons of my coat were tangled in my hair/In doctor’s office lighting, I didn’t tell you I was scared,” Swift sings. “That was the first time we were there/Holy orange bottles, each night, I pray to you. Desperate people find faith, so now I pray to Jesus too.”

13. “False God”: This song—which has a super cool beat—is referenced in Swift’s “ME!” music video. “We were crazy to think/
Crazy to think that this could work/Remember how I said I’d die for you,” Swift sings. “We were stupid to jump/In the ocean separating us, remember how I’d lie to you.”

“And I can’t talk to you when you’re like this,” Swift continues. “Staring out the window, like I’m not your favorite town.”

Remember in the beginning of the “ME!” video when Swift speaks in French with Urie? She tells him, “I can’t talk to you when you’re like this.”

14. “You Need to Calm Down”: This song, released in June, stands up for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the rights of women. Swift shared the meaning behind the track with Apple Music’s Beats 1, stating, “I’ve observed a lot of different people in our society who just put so much energy and effort into negativity, and it just made me feel like, ‘You need to just calm down. Like, you’re stressing yourself out. This seems like it’s more about you than what you’re going off about. Like, just calm down.'”

15. “Afterglow”: In this song, Swift appears to apologizing after an argument. Swift is admitting that it’s her fault, hoping she hasn’t lost this love for good. “Fighting with a true love is boxing with no gloves/Chemistry ’til it blows up, ’til there’s no us,” she sings. “Why I have to break what I love so much? It’s on your face, and I’m to blame, I need to say.”

“Hey, it’s on me/In my head, I’m the one that burned us/Damn, but it’s not what I meant/Sorry that I hurt you,” the lyrics state. “I don’t wanna do, I don’t wanna do this to you. I don’t wanna lose, I don’t wanna lose this with you. I need to say, hey, it’s on me, just don’t go. Leave me in the afterglow.”

16. “ME!” (featuring Brendon Urie): This was Swift’s first single off of her new album, which she collaborated on with Brendon Urie. The track is all about celebrating yourself and embracing every part of who you are. “I’m the only one of me/Baby that’s the fun of me.”

17. “It’s Nice to Have a Friend”: This song has another reference to a marriage, as Swift sings, “Church bells ring, carry me home/Rice on the ground looks like snow/Call my bluff, call you ‘babe’/Have my back, yeah, every day/Feels like home, stay in bed/The whole weekend.”

18. “Daylight”: In this last track on the album, Swift sings about having a new outlook on life and on love. “I once believed love would be burning red/But it’s golden,” Swift sings, referencing her past album Red. “Like daylight, like daylight.”

At the end of the track, Swift informs her listeners, “You gotta step into the daylight and let it go.” 

T.Swift’s seventh studio album, Lover, is available now.

Don’t miss E! News every weeknight at 7, only on E!

Articles You May Like

Is Pedro Pascal Really Appearing on Omar Apollo’s New Album?
‘Peter Pan’s Neverland Nightmare’ – First Image from ‘Poohniverse’ Horror Movie
The Biggest Bookish News Stories of the Week
Enjoy Reuniting With These Saucy Beverly Hills, 90210 Secrets
Avril Lavigne Addresses “Dumb” Body Double Conspiracy Theory