Fans Think Taylor Swift's “So Long London” Is a Goodbye to Joe Alwyn

Soooooooo, Taylor Swift casually dropped The Tortured Poets Department last night (and then surprised everyone with the fact that it’s a double album because she loves chaos), and we’re here to talk about Joe Alwyn. Fans have been theorizing and speculating pretty much nonstop that Tortured Poets was going to be about Tay and Joe’s breakup, but—surprise!—for the most part it appears to be largely a Matty Healy album. However! There is at least one song about Joe: “So Long London,” a devastating goodbye to their relationship.

Psst: the parallels to “You’re Losing Me” are not going unnoticed!

“So Long London” definitely seems to be about the end of a long-term relationship, and Taylor makes references to a shared home and time wasted in lyrics that are truly heartbreaking:

I saw in my mind ferry lights through the mist
I kept calm and carried the weight of the rift
Pulled him in tighter each time he was drifting away
My spine split from carrying us up the hill
Wet through my clothes, weary bones caught the chill
I stopped trying to make him laugh, stopped trying to drill the safe

There’s also this:

I left all I knew, you left me at the house by the Hеath
I stopped CPR, after all it’s no use
Thе spirit was gone, we would never come to
And I’m pissed off you let me give you all that youth for free

And this:

And you say I abandoned the ship, but I was going down with it
My white knuckle dying grip holding tight to your quiet resentment
And my friends said it isn’t right to be scared
Every day-old love affair, every breath feels like rarest air
When you’re not sure if he wants to be there

And maybe most intensely, this:

You swore that you loved me but where were the clues?
I died on the altar waiting for the proof
You sacrificed us to the gods of your bluest days
And I’m just getting color back into my face
I’m just mad as hell ’cause I loved this place for

BRB, crying weeping.

Jack Antonoff Reveals Taylor Swift Wrote "You're Losing Me" 1 Year Before Breaking Up With Joe Alwyn

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Tay's bestie and producer said that the track was "written and recorded at home." 👀

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“He will still not respond because he has removed himself from her narrative and is very glad he did.”

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Anonymous sources, tortured man clubs, cheating rumors—it's all just a lot.

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