Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights, opens with an up-beat, pop music bop referred to as “Lavender Haze.” Even earlier than the album got here out, followers knew this track could be about Joe Alwyn primarily based on Taylor’s description of the observe. Now that the lyrics are right here, although, it’s much more evident that Joe impressed the love track. “Lavender Haze” has callbacks to references that Taylor made about Joe on her 2017 album, Status, as she gushes over how he beloved her even when she was within the darkest time of her life.
“I’ve been below scrutiny, you deal with it superbly, all this s*** is new to me,” Taylor sings within the first verse, reflecting on the early days of her relationship with Joe. On the time, Taylor was within the midst of public feuds with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, whereas additionally making headlines for her back-to-back relationships with Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston. What the general public didn’t know, although, is that Taylor and Joe had been quietly forming an in depth friendship that ultimately was a romantic relationship, which didn’t go public for greater than 7 months after they really acquired collectively.
Within the second verse, Taylor makes references to extra present instances. “All they preserve asking me is that if I’m gonna be your bride,” she sings. “The one form of lady they see is one evening or a spouse.” Taylor and Joe have been relationship for greater than six years, and the topic of a possible engagement has been a dialogue within the media and amongst followers for fairly a while now. Nevertheless, that is the primary time that Taylor has truly acknowledged the hypothesis about her future with the actor.
The verse continues, “I discover it dizzying, they’re mentioning my historical past, however you weren’t even listening,” which is one other nod to Joe ignoring what different individuals have mentioned about Taylor. She made related references in songs like “Delicate” and “Name It What You Need.”
Earlier than releasing Midnights, Taylor gave some behind-the-song perception into a number of the tracks, together with “Lavender Haze,” on Instagram. She defined that it was a time period that she heard whereas watching Mad Males, which she seemed up after which made right into a track. “It’s a typical phrase used within the 50s the place they’d simply describe being in love,” Taylor revealed. “In the event you had been within the lavender haze, that meant you had been within the all-encompassing love glow, and I assumed that was actually lovely. I assume, theoretically, whenever you’re within the lavender haze, you’ll do something to remain there and never let individuals convey you down off that cloud.”
In the meantime, “Lavender Haze” isn’t the one track impressed by Joe on Midnights. The album’s remaining observe, “Mastermind,” can be in regards to the pair’s relationship. On Taylor’s 2019 track “Paper Rings,” she sang, “I hate accidents, besides once we went from associates to this.” Three years later, although, she’s admitting that it wasn’t an “accident” in any respect — as a result of she “masterminded” the entire thing.
“What if I advised you none of it was unintended,” Taylor sings on “Mastermind.” “And the primary evening that you simply noticed me, nothing was gonna cease me. I laid the bottom work after which identical to clockwork the dominoes cascaded in a line. What if I advised you I’m a mastermind? And now you’re mine. It was all by design.” On the finish of the track, Taylor sings about confessing to Joe that she was going to cease at nothing to ensure they ended up collectively. Whereas she was apprehensive about how he’d react, it seems that he was conscious your complete time, and his solely response was a smile.
In the meantime, Joe truly co-wrote one track on the album, “Candy Nothing,” which is a slower love track. The primary lyric within the refrain says, “All you ever needed from me was candy nothing,” which is one other reference to the truth that Joe all the time beloved her for her.