Monday, January 7, 2019

"Getaway Car" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift Song is the meaning of the song "Getaway Car" from her Reputation album.

This is one of my favorite songs on the album. Why? Because it is a fun poke at yourself, I do not care what anyone else says, basically Taylor at her best. It talks about two people in a getaway car. In the fourth line of the song Taylor lets on the whole relationship is just a ruse, "But I didn't mean it." She only got in the car because she "wanted to leave him" and "need a reason."

Who is this song about?

It is about Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, and Tom Hiddleston. Taylor was still dating Adam Wiles, aka Calvin Harris when she helped host the 2016 Met Gala. But she did not have her boyfriend with her on on of the biggest nights of her career. I think at that time they were already having trouble. She met Tom Hiddleston that night and danced up a storm with him.

She references this in the song, "Think about the place where you first met me". This phrase can be literal, they met at the Met Gala ball, and symbolic. "The ties were black, the lies were white/and shades of grey in candlelight." He met Taylor when she was still with her boyfriend and she needed a way out. She was not entirely honest about the whole situation hence the lies.

Tom and Taylor did not publicly get together until a month later. Taylor broke up with Calvin Harris on June 1, 2016. On June 13, 2016 Taylor and Tom were spotted kissing.

They had a whirlwind romance, meeting each others parents that month. Tom went to Nashville to meet hers and Taylor went to England to meet his mom.

Calvin Harris was not happy, and the usually silent about their relationship guy let it all come out on Twitter. He unfollowed her, deleted pictures of her and wrote some scathing tweets about her poisoning "the well". Taylor wrote a song with Calvin called "This is What You Came For" under the pseudonym Nils Sjoberg. He did not want people to know he had collaborated with her and even lied about it when asked by Ryan Secrest if he would ever collaborate with Taylor. On April 28, 2016 he said, "I can't see it happening though. No. She's about to take a long break." When it was revealed Taylor was Nils Sjoberg Calvin wrote a tweet storm "I figure if you're happy with your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do." My guess is this song had everything to do with Calvin and Taylor's break up. Taylor might have written the song with him, but they may have had the agreement he would reveal it when the song was released. Calvin decided he did not want Taylor's name involved with the song and decided to not tell anyone about it making her mad. And then they broke up. Calvin's tweets while she was dating Tom made it even worse, it was a "side show", and a "circus ain't a love story."

Tom knew about all this, but went after her anyway, but anyone knows you should NEVER be the rebound guy. He was not "thinkin' ". But "nothing good starts in a getaway car." She hints their relationship was a little contrived and they received money for their pictures. They were "Bonnie and Clyde". When she decided to end it because her heart was not in it, she was just "drinkin' ". She left the "money in a bag" and got out of there. She turned him in. Tom had just done some interviews saying their romance was not for the cameras, was.

Tom only gets one song on the album, probably to explain why she went out with him in the first place. Taylor good for your for getting out of the getaway car as fast as you did. Tom seems nice, but it was not the right time to start a relationship.  It seems you find the right guy finally and more on that in the other songs on the album. Click here to see the lyrics for the song "Getaway Car."

1 comment:

  1. This song is so obviously about Tim McGraw and I can't believe no one picked up on that. She began an affair with him during the song Highway Don't Care. "X marks the spot". They were Bonnie and Clyde til she "switched to the other side" from country to pop. Maybe she overheard a not so nice comment, which is why she "turned him in". She was crying, dying and saying goodbye in that (video) getaway car. "the worst of crimes" might be going after a married man?


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