Taylor Swift’s new song is already getting compared to a Swift classic and I’m totally here for the comparisons. The “Call It What You Want” vs. “Love Story” comparisons are eye-opening, to say the least, and totally make so much sense. Thank you Swifties and your endless well of theories because you have some really big ideas sometimes.
First, check out some of the lyrics from 2008's “Love Story”:
And I said,
Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting, all that's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story, baby just say yes
Lyrics that we (so far) know for "Call It What You Want":
Holding my breath
Slowly I said
“You don’t need to save me”
Call it what you want
“But would you run away with me?”
Is "Call It What You Want" a continuation of “Love Story” in some way? Some fans definitely think the two could be related.
Consider this: fans have some theories about the lineup of Taylors in the “Look What You Made Me Do” music video, with one person calling out how the possibility of "Call It What You Want" being track 5 could be significant. They explain: “IF CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT IS TRACK FIVE (don’t know yet), IT MATCHES FEARLESS TAYLOR, WHAT A 'COINCIDENCE' THE PARALLELS WITH LOVE STORY ARE."
Another fan pointed out: “THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES WHEN IT COMES TO TAYLOR SWIFT” and honestly, I have to agree. Behold this epic comparison, showing the “Love Story” and “Call It What You Want” story pieced together:
LS: “Romeo, save me."
CIWYW: “You don’t need to save me…”
LS: “Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone. I’ll be waiting; all that’s left to do is run.”
CIWYW: “But would you run away with me?”
LS: “It’s a love story, baby, just say ‘Yes.’”
CIWYW: “… ‘Yes.’”
Another fan added, “I knew it was familiar."
One fan responded: "IT is TAYLOR's independence and we love it" and another added, "The old Taylor really is dead... because the new one's f*ck*ng independent, strong, and powerful!" Fact.
This Secret Session insider info (if true) about how Swift told boyfriend Joe Alwyn to leave and he said no could totally factor into the theory that "Call It What You Want" is about Alywn:
Feelings. So many feelings: “in love story taylor wanted to be saved but in call it what you want she doesn't need anyone to save her.”
Truth. This fan echoed the idea, tweeting: “Take a seat and watch Taylor make her own love story where she doesn't need Romeo to save her #CallItWhatYouWant.”
Some fans even have gone so far as to refer to "Call It What You Want" a "Love Story" version 2.0, which is totally fitting. One fan tweeted: "Calling it now: Call It What You Want is Love Story Version 2.0 @taylorswift13 doesn't need Romeo to save her anymore."
This is too good: “RFI music video had reference to White Horse and #CallItWhatYouWant has ref to Love Story. TAYLOR IS SNATCHING FEARLESS'S WIG. ITS OFFICIAL.”
Another fan is already imagining how these two songs could work live in concert, tweeting: “I bet Taylor is gonna mash up #CallItWhatYouWant with Love Story on tour like she did with Wildest Dreams and Enchanted.”
“Call It What You Want” drops at midnight, Nov. 3, and Swift’s new album, Reputation, is out Nov. 10. Fans are going to have their work cut out for them with analyzing the lyrics and song meanings. Something tells me they're up for the task.
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