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Taylor Swift – Call It What You Want (Lyrics Meaning and Song Review)

The third official single off of Taylor Swift’s upcoming sixth studio album ‘Reputation’ has been released. Titled “Call It What You Want” the song was supposed to be a more sinister version of 2008’s sensation “Love Story,” this song tends to have less edge over it.
Along with the single release, just a few minutes ago, the lyric video was also released, and features the lyrics that was featured on the single announcement earlier today.

Lyrics of “Call It What You Want” by Taylor Swift


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Lyrics Review and Song Meaning of “Call It What You Want”

The song was expected to be of a more romantically inclined track by looking at the lyrics that was announced earlier today. However, the song sounds more like Taylor Swift taking a defensive stance about her love life.

Verse one of “Call It What You Want” speaks about Taylor Swift getting beaten down by the negativity of the public. Her castle walls that were built up since her childhood were crumbled down. This may refer to the serious media attacks that took place in 2015 through 2017 about her love life. As a result, Taylor Swift has been out of the public eye for the latter part of 2016 and all of 2017. But she says, in the song, she is happier than ever.


In the chorus of “Call It What You Want” the singer speaks about her current love life and how she is extremely happy with her boyfriend. This could be a direct reference to Taylor Swift’s current boyfriend Joe Alwyn. She has been keeping this relationship very low key since its beginning in early 2017. In a nutshell, Taylor Swift is saying that her relationship with Joe Alwyn lasted this long only because she kept it away from the media.

The bridge of the song says something interesting about feminism. Taylor Swift says she loves to wear a chain around her neck with her boyfriend’s initials. She also says this is not a sign that she is owned by him. Usually a collar around someone’s neck symbolizes ownership. So Taylor disproves this and says it is only a sign of affection. A pendant on a necklace is held closest to the heart.

Critique of “Call It What You want”

Taylor Swift’s new music has been more focused on addressing her haters. The delicate song writing skills she showed us in the ‘Red’ or ‘Fearless’ era cannot be found now. The elegance of flow in her ‘Reputation’ songs is less prominent now. But she did give us a fair warning about this ‘New Taylor’ with her snake videos and “Look What You Made Me Do” song message.

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