The title track from Taylor Swift's eighth album Lover is finally here, and it's a slow, sugary sweet guitar ballad presumably written for her longtime beau Joe Alwyn. There are a few things to note about the new song, her fourth single from the album, which drops in full this time next week. Firstly: it's the first track Swift has written without the aid of collaborators since 1984's "This Love," released in 2014. Secondly: a lot of people think it's proof that Swift and Alwyn are secretly engaged, or have already tied the knot.
The engagement theory rests on the the song's bridge lyrics, which heavily reference wedding tropes and subtly resemble marriage vows: "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/ All's well that ends well to end up with you/ Swear to be overdramatic and true to my lover."
I’m convinced Taylor and Joe are engaged. Like this is too much #LoverOutNow— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Ben (fan account) (@𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Ben (fan account))1565929104.0
Note especially the "something borrowed, something blue" thing. Stans immediately picked up on it, and one Tumblr post calling attention to the obvious wedding reference even garnered a like from Ms. Swift herself. Which naturally has people thinking there's credence to the theory that she and Alwyn are betrothed, or soon will be. There's even a track on Lover called "Paper Rings." It's actually... kind of awkward if Joe hasn't proposed yet, when it's so clearly on Taylor's mind?
Even if they're not fully on board with the engagement theory, most Swifties are loving "Lover," and excited that their fave is in such a good romantic place. After, you know, a decade's worth of tabloid-worthy dramas. The best stan reactions, below.
joe: breathes taylor: https://t.co/yUTyAIis3m— meg ❤︎ (@meg ❤︎)1565931276.0
joe may look like simple white bread to us... but he is definitely garlic bread to taylor and that's what matters— zaynah is new york city (@zaynah is new york city)1565929074.0
Imagine being Joe Alwyn and having Taylor fucking Swift write her best love song and best title track about you a D… https://t.co/CeZTxfUIpZ— lana is kinda ia bc college (@lana is kinda ia bc college)1565931682.0
anyone saying that love is dead because Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth broke up, may i present to you Taylor Swift… https://t.co/BljKCMriX3— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒 Ra 🦋 (@𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒 Ra 🦋)1565752103.0
JOE ALWYN IS TAYLOR BEST BOYFRIEND I SAID WHAT I SAID— a 🏹 (@a 🏹)1565930204.0
So i searched 'joe alwyn net worth' and this came up💀 250k?? No wonder taylor wrote 'paper rings' 🙈 https://t.co/bPbUkYzuBQ— Ellie (@Ellie)1565842390.0
DO U THINK WHEN TAYLOR PLAYED THESE SONGS FOR JOE SHE WAS LIKE…. PRESENT IN THE ROOM OMG IF I WAS THIS ROMANTIC ABO… https://t.co/y7juM5P5W5— (cruel) jessummer 🦋 (@(cruel) jessummer 🦋)1565931884.0
What if the Lover music video is actually Taylor’s Wedding and she married Joe on July 13 #LoverAtMidnight— 𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Charlie (@𝓛𝑜𝓋𝑒, Charlie)1565929600.0
honestly if taylor and joe ever broke up that’d be way more devastating than my own parents divorce— bogi (@bogi)1565931167.0
Taylor wrote Lover alone. This literally is her love letter to Joe ❤️😭 https://t.co/vdJqTPbcTn— 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮 , NihaL (@𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮 , NihaL)1565929795.0
just sitting here thinking about taylor asking joe to run away with her in late november three years ago and now as… https://t.co/IMjgVeKRmD— “ISABEL!!!!” (@“ISABEL!!!!”)1565938552.0
ON MY WAY TO STAN JOE ALWYN RN AND WATCH HIS ENTIRE FILMOGRAPHY THANKS FOR MAKING TAYLOR SWIFT HAPPIEST WOMAN https://t.co/Y8tzYfAKw4— eva (@eva)1565929359.0
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