Is "Call It What You Want" About Tom Hiddleston? The Song Is So Emotional

by Billy Lorusso
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Beyoncé is voicing Nala in The Lion King remake, Ryan Gosling's birthday is coming up, and Taylor Swift's new album Reputation comes out in just a few days. Wow, it looks like November really is the month for giving thanks. If you're looking to feel even more thankful, though, we've just been blessed with another single from Tay Tay's upcoming album. The song is called "Call It What You Want," and, already, Swifties everywhere are wondering if "Call It What You Want" is about Tom Hiddleston.

Swift announced the song by teasing some of its lyrics on her social accounts with the caption, "Call It What You Want. Midnight Eastern." The lyrics she posted on Nov. 2 read,

Holding my breath / Slowly I said / You don't need to save me... / But would you run away with me? / Yes.

Right away, fans could tell from the lyrics that this was going to be a heavier song than the singles we've seen so far from Reputation. Indeed, unlike the synth-pop "Look What You Made Me Do," the darker "...Ready For It?," and the bubbly "Gorgeous," "Call It What You Want" has a much more emotional sound to it, and the lyrics are deeper than those of her last few releases.

This is Taylor Swift we're dealing with, so the question, of course, is: Who is this song about? Is it about Tom Hiddleston? It's pretty obvious that the song is definitely about a flame, so it could be her current boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, or it could be a former partner, maybe? Swift and Hiddleston dated after she broke up with famous DJ Calvin Harris.

Some of the lyrics to the song read,

Cause my baby's fit like a daydream, walking with his head down, I'm the one he's walking to. So, call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to. My baby's fly like a jet stream, high above the whole scene, loves me like I'm brand new. So, call it what you want yeah, call it what you want to. All my flowers grew back as thorns, windows boarded back up after the storm, he built a fire just to keep me warm. All the drama queens taking swings, all the jokers dressing up as kings, they fade to nothing when I look at him.

As is usually the case with Queen Swifty, it's impossible to know for sure who this song is about. It could be about her current beau, Alwyn (pretty likely), but it could also be about her ex-boyfriend — specifically, Hiddleston. I mean, who knows when the song was actually written. One way or the other, this is classic T, and the song is beautiful.

"Call It What You Want" isn't the only song off Reputation that's got fans sleuthing right now. Everyone is still wondering who or what her first three songs off the album could be about.

Reputation's first single, "Look What You Made Me Do" has lyrics like,

I don't like your little games / Don't like your tilted stage / The role you made me play / Of the fool, no, I don't like you / I don't like your perfect crime / How you laugh when you lie / You said the gun was mine / Isn't cool, no, I don't like you.

The song is rumored to be about her high-profile feuds with celebs like Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, and Katy Perry, but no one knows for sure if that's the case.

Meanwhile, her second single, "...Ready For It?," is rumored to be about Alwyn, her current boyfriend. The lyrics to that bop read,

I see how this is gon' go, / Touch me and you'll never be alone. / Island breeze and lights down low. / No one has to know (No one has to know). / In the middle of the night, in my dreams, you should see the things we do, baby. / In the middle of the night in my dreams, I know I'm gonna be with you so I take my time.

But, again, Taylor's not offering up any details. So I guess we'll just have to wait for more clues from Tay Tay before we finally, if ever, figure out who these bops are about.

In the meantime, Swift will be doing a performance during next week's TGIT on ABC. Scandal's Twitter account posted a teaser video with the caption reading, "Watch #TGIT Next Thursday to see the World Premiere Performance of a new song by @taylorswift13! #TGITaylor." Who knows what she'll be performing, or if she'll reveal any secret messages from the album, but I'm sure it will be great.

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