It's here, world. Taylor Swift finally dropped her Reputation album after one of the longest, wildest PR campaigns I've had the pleasure (or misfortune) of being a part of, and it's a total masterpiece. The record as a whole is totally insane, and fans are loving each and every one of the beautiful, individual tracks that made the cut. In particular, Taylor Swift's "Getaway Car" lyrics are INTENSE.
Take a look:
It was the best of times, the worst of crimes / I struck a match and blew your mindBut I didn’t mean it / And you didn’t see it / The ties were black, the lies were white / And shades of grey and candlelight / I wanted to leave him, I needed a reason
Ex marks the spot where we fell apart / He poisoned the well, I was lying to myself / I knew it from the first old-fashioned we were cursed / We never had a shot, gunshot in the dark
You were driving the getaway car / We were flying but we never get far / Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery / Think about the place where you first met me / Riding in the getaway car there were sirens in the beat of your heart / should have known I’d be the first to leave / think about the place where you first met me / in the getaway car / but they never get far / no nothing good starts in a getaway car
there was the great escape the prison break / the light of freedom on my / you weren’t thinking and I was just drinking / well he was running after us, I was screaming “go go go” / but with 3 of us honey it’s a side show and a circus aint a love story and now were both sorry / were both sorry
Ex marks the spot where we fell apart / He poisoned the well, ever man for himself / I knew it from the first old-fashioned we were cursed / It hit you like a shotgun, shot to the heart
You were driving the getaway car / We were flying but we never get far / Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery / Think about the place where you first met me / Riding in the getaway car there were sirens in the beat of your heart / should have known I’d be the first to leave / think about the place where you first met me / in the getaway car / no they never get far / no, nothing good starts in a getaway car
we were [??] Bonnie and Clyde ‘til it switched to the other side to the other side / It’s no surprise I turned you in / ‘cause us traitors never win
I’m in a getaway car / I left you in a motel bar / Put the money in a bag And I stole the keys / That was the last time you ever saw me
You were driving the getaway car / We were flying but we never get far / Don’t pretend it’s such a mystery
If that doesn't have you feeling things, then Taylor Swift and I can't help you.
"Getaway Car," currently available on iTunes with the rest of Reputation, accompanies the previously released hits "Look What You Made Me Do," "... Ready For It?," "Gorgeous," and "Call It What You Want," all of which could be about Swift's past relationships, if you listen to them long enough.
Known for pouring her romantic relationships into her work, it seems likely that "Getaway Car" is in reference to one (or two) of her biggest breakups, you know, like with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston, for example.
I wonder what they're thinking right now listening to the words, "... but with three of us, honey, it’s a side show and a circus. Ain't a love story and now were both sorry." Hmm...
Ah yes, those were great, albeit dramatic, times.
Besides her romantic life, the other theme that runs heavy throughout Reputation is her battle with the media and her literal reputation.
Thanks to some poignant feuds with other celebrities (*cough* Kim Kardashian and Kayne West *cough* Katy Perry *cough* Calvin Harris *cough* etc. etc. etc.), Swift has been accused of playing the ultimate victim throughout most of her career. On this album, she seems to tackle this accusation head-on and attempt to take back the "narrative" around her.
You guys, look what we (Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston, Katy Perry, etc.) made Taylor do.
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