“Out of the Woods” is super catchy, but it may have been penned for an ex-beau.
It’s no secret that Taylor Swift writes songs about her previous lovers. So when "Out of the Woods" debuted on iTunes, it’s not surprising that fans were quick to listen and make judgement on the lyrics.
"Out of the Woods" is the second single off of Swift’s new album, 1989, a pop collaboration with Fun frontman and Lena Dunham’s boyfriend, Jack Antonoff. The song features funky, ‘80s back beats and lofty harmonies, along with some very descriptive lyrics.
Although she promised that this album would have nothing to do with heartbreak, the darker mood of "Out of the Woods" is vastly different from the bubbly dance track "Shake it Off."
"This was a relationship where I was kind of, living day to day, wondering where it was going, if it was going to go anywhere, if it was going to end the next day," Swift said about the song. "It was a relationship where you, kind of, never feel like you’re standing on solid ground."
So which relationship is she referring to? Fans and music experts are pointing to none other than One Direction heartthrob, Harry Styles.
One big giveaway? The lyric - "Last December, we were built to fall apart/Then fall back together."
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles were rumored to be dating around November 2012 and officially were making headlines as couple in December. Her 2012 chart topper, "Trouble," was the result of the couple’s misfortune.
While "Out of the Woods" isn’t nearly as accusatory as "Trouble," though there are still some clues lingering within the song’s lyrics. For instance, Swift sings about wearing her lovers necklace and refers to the couple as "two paper airplanes flying." Styles and Swift were both seen wearing matching paper airplane necklaces while they were together, making the lyric a dead giveaway.
Another clue to the not-so-mysterious subject of "Out of the Woods" comes at the end of the song. Swift sings about a motor accident that resulted in twenty stitches ("Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/ Twenty stitches in a hospital room"). She has since confirmed the incident happened and sent her and a male friend to the hospital.
She explained in a recent Rolling Stones interview that the event didn't make the news because "looking someone in the eye and saying, 'Please don't tell anyone about this,'" works "even better than an NDA."
Whether or not the song is about Harry Styles, it’s still a wonderful song that anyone with a broken heart can relate to.
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