Taylor Swift's new album is EVERYTHING. Some singles are so shady, they're amazing. She has definitely mastered the art of creating songs we all want to talk about forever. "Getaway Car" was a track that many fans were trying to interpret before the release of Reputation, but most of us got it very wrong. The meaning of "Getaway Car" is actually so shady, and no, it's not about any of her public feuds.
The song, currently available on iTunes with the rest of Reputation, starts,
No, nothing good starts in a getaway car
He was the best of times, the worst of crimes / I struck a match and blew your mind / But I didn't mean it / And you didn’t see it / The ties were black, the lies were white / The shades of grey in candlelight / I wanted to leave him / I needed a reason
X marks the spot, where we fell apart / He poisoned the well, I was lyin' to myself / I knew it from the first old fashion, we were cursed / We never had a shotgun shot in the dark
Swift took an unexpected route with the lyrics to "Getaway Car." Many fans thought the title suggested the song would be a romantic tune about her reported boyfriend, Joe Alwyn. In fact, it's about a past lover that she had a "cursed" relationship with. The best part? The song just keeps getting more detailed.
The chorus goes,
You were drivin' the getaway car / We were flyin’, but we'd never get far / Don't pretend it's such a mystery / Think about the place where you first met me / We're ridin' in a getaway car / There were sirens in the beat of your heart / Should've known I'd be the first to leave / Think about the place where you first met me / In a getaway car, oh-oh / No, we never get far, oh-ahh / No, nothing good starts in a getaway car
This song is really changing my perception of Swift. I feel like the media portrays her as a heartbroken gal, but in reality she's a relationship badass. In the second verse, she starts to point fingers at who the possible ex is.
He was the great escape, the prison break / The light of freedom on my face / But you weren’t thinkin’ / And I was just drinkin' / While he was runnin’ after us, I was screamin', "go, go, go!" / But with three of us, honey, it's a side show / And a circus ain't a love story / And now we’re both sorry (we're both sorry)
Hmmm... now "we're both sorry." Could this have to do with Calvin Harris? I can definitely see it.
Harris and Swift had a terrible falling out after their whirlwind romance. Swift appeared to have shattered the DJ's heart, causing him to throw a public temper tantrum and accuse her of "making him look bad."
The song ends,
We were jet-set, Bonnie and Clyde / Until I switch to the other side / To the other si-i-i-i-ide / 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
Drivin' the getaway car / We were flyin', but we never get far (don't pretend) / Don't pretend it's such a mystery / Think about the place where you first met me / Ridin' in a getaway car / There were sirens in the beat of your heart (should've known) / Should've known I'd be the first to leave / Think about the place where you first met me / In a getaway car, oh-oh / No, we never get far, oh-ahh / No, nothing good starts in a getaway car
Ridin' in a getaway car / I was cryin' in a getaway car / I was dyin' in a getaway car / Said goodbye in a getaway car / Ridin' in a getaway car / I was cryin' in a getaway car / I was dyin' in a getaway car / Said goodbye in a getaway car
Clearly, this song is about a breakup that Swift won. But we shouldn't be surprised that the meaning isn't what we expected — Swift had so many surprises up her sleeve for Reputation release week. The kween herself unexpectedly dropped Reputation's tracklist on the evening of Nov. 8.
The tracks were listed on top of a black and white photo of Swift's face. The pop star looked gorgeous with a bold lip and her natural curls bouncing around her face. Also, how does Swift look so perfect with curly hair AND bangs? Is there a trick to this? Someone send help for my hair.
The list included all our favorite already released singles, "Look What You Made Me Do," "... Ready For It," and "Gorgeous." Side note: I so expected "LWYMMD" to be the first track instead of its actual spot as No. 6. Swifty, you never cease to surprise me.
"Getaway Car" was definitely a shock, and there are plenty more surprises on Reputation. I'm already putting the album on repeat. THANK YOU, SWIFTY.
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