It might have been an exciting time for T.Swift with the release of her highly anticipated album Reputation, but it made some fans feel like it was their special day. In advance of the album's midnight release on Nov. 10, the songstress performed during TGIT on ABC on Nov. 9. And, tweets about Taylor Swift’s “New Year’s Day” performance prove fans want it to be their wedding song.
Swift was solo at a piano for the performance on Thursday night in the pared-down performance. She was surrounded by a room of women who swayed back and forth and sang along with her, with wide exterior shots of what could have been her home interspersed. The performance got a big applause, but the real praise came from fans on the Internet.
Swift, 27, has recently been linked with British actor Joe Alwyn, 26, though she's kept the relationship under wraps. In the past, the star has been public with her love life, and hasn't shied away from lyrics about Harry Styles or Taylor Lautner or being on the receiving end of tweets from ex Calvin Harris. But, with Alwyn, she's been quite mum — and that has got her devotees wondering if something sets him apart. If the new relationship is a serious thing, then Swift seems happy. In the performance she was smiley and at ease.
So, when she sang her song "New Years Day," they not only wondered if it was about her own relationship, but also made it seem like they'd be ready to walk down the aisle with it playing in the background.
The song describes the day after New Year's Eve when the dregs of a good night out are leftover — women holding their heels, glitter all over, and polaroids of the shenanigans strewn on the floor. After describing the post-party scene, Swift sings about a special somebody:
You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi / I can tell that it's gonna be a long road / I'll be there if you're the toast of the town babe / Or if you strike out and you're crawling home
But, it's the chorus of the song that makes it so wedding appropriate. The lyrics practically mirror vows, with Swift making a promise to the subject of the song that she'll be there through the good times and the bad. Judge for yourself:
Don't read the last page / But I stay when it's hard, or it's wrong / Or we're making mistakes / I want your midnights / But I'll be cleaning up bottles with you on New Year's Day
The post chorus is just as committal. In it, Swift sings to "hold on to the memories, they will hold on to you. And I will hold on to you."
The whole album is a new chapter for T.Swift.
The early releases from Reputation point to a renewed Swift who's ready to own the bad press about her and throw caution to the wind with her celebrity beefs from the past. But, the album also appears to document a new relationship for the singer and it's almost like there's a clear narrative told about the romance over the course of the fifteen songs.
For example, in the song "Delicate," the fifth track on the album, Swift sings about someone she met in passing and laments that they might have others after them. A few tracks later it evolves to a track called "King of My Heart," which explicitly praises her significant other. Then, the album culminates with "New Years Day," the song she performed, and it seems like she might be off the market for good.
Swift not only has a new Reputation for taking control of negative attitudes about her, but she also has one for making music that gives fans butterflies.