“Now That We Don’t Talk” is a brand new song from the Vault by Taylor Swift from her re-released album ‘1989.’ The song explores the experience of distancing yourself from someone who you used to love and adore and acceptance of the fact that what they had is over.
‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ was released on October 27, 2023, exactly 9 years after the original album release. Announcing the new album, Taylor Swift said “I was born in 1989, reinvented for the first time in 2014, and a part of me was reclaimed in 2023 with the re-release of the album I love so dearly… This moment is a reflection of the woods we’ve wandered through and all this love between us still glowing in the darkest dark.”
“Now That We Don’t Talk” is the shortest song in Taylor’s discography clocking at 2 minutes and 32 seconds. However, Taylor added that the song “packs a punch, I think it really goes in. For the short amount of time we have, I think it makes its point.”
Listen to “Now That We Don’t Talk” by Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift “Now That We Don’t Talk” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
In the first verse of the song, Taylor Swift talks about one of many scenarios where she hears about her past lover through the grapevine. He has gone to a party that was attended by some mutual friends as well. He still steals the show, she hears. When he walks into the room, some heads still turn and the crowd makes way for him. Taylor remembers this feeling when she walked into crowded rooms with him. It felt like when Moses parted the sea and led his followers across the sea.
Did he go home safely after the party? Taylor will not know now although this used to be a habitual question sometime back. Did he go home with someone from the party?
In the second verse of the song, Taylor Swift gives some insights into the rift that grew between them. There were physical changes that she began to notice about him. But it wasn’t just physical. His interests began to change, and his attention began to wander toward different goals. For onlookers, it looked like he was trying on new personalities every week or so. It was getting exhausting for the people in his life.
In the chorus and outro of the song, Taylor Swift tries to accept the reality of the situation. No matter how good they had it once, it was not meant to be. The more she tried to be in his life and build a life for their own, the more resistance she felt. Her mom said it was for the best and her friends think the same. Taylor Swift knows it is for the best that they parted ways, but it still feels like a dream what they used to have and how quickly it all vanished into thin air.
And the only way back to my dignity
Was to turn into a shrouded mystery
Taylor Swift had to shut herself down from everything around her to scrape whatever dignity was left following their breakup. Almost all of her relationships end up becoming major gossip news and her breakups even more so. Usually, she is painted out to be the bad guy in these relationships claiming that she can’t keep a man around for too long. A trick that she learned was to maintain extreme privacy during and after her relationships. This trick seemed to help her with her relationship with British actress Joe Alwyn, which turned out to be her longest relationship yet.
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