Taylor Swift is ready to speak now.
The heartbreaking song details the gradual growing apart in a relationship, with the chorus declaring, "My heart won't start anymore for you / 'Cause you're losing me."
She contemplates ending the romance, asking herself, "Do I throw out everything we built or keep it?"
"Now you're running down the hallway / And you know what they all say, 'You don't know what you got until it's gone,'" she sings at one point, later adding, "How long could we be a sad song / 'Til we were too far gone to bring back to life? / I gave you all my best mes, my endless empathy."
Fans also think the lyrics suggest that she was turned down in marriage, as Taylor continues, "I'm the best thing at this party / And I wouldn't marry me either / A pathological people pleaser / Who only wanted you to see her."
Fans speculated that Taylor first hinted at her single status when she was performing at an Eras show the week prior. For her March 31 setlist in Arlington, Texas, she swapped out "Invisible String," a love song that suggested she was fated to be with Joe, and replaced it with "The 1," a heartbreaking song about wondering if a lost love was the one after all.
"And if my wishes came true / It would've been you," Taylor sings in the folklore track. "It would've been fun / If you would've been the one."
But after the split made headlines, Taylor appeared to shake it off and be in good spirits when she stepped out for dinner in New York's West Village on April 10. While she may have been dressed for revenge, as she sings in "Vigilante S--t," she was more clearly dressed for renewal, as she sported a pair of jeans with an embellished butterfly, which historically symbolizes rebirth.
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