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    Taylor Swift Has Released Five Lyrics From “Lover” — Here’s What They Could Mean

    Now that we’re just days away from the new album, Taylor’s been dropping lyrics on the streets of New York, in playlists, and in merchandise.

    This Friday, Taylor Swift will release her highly anticipated seventh album, Lover.

    If you’ve been following the Lover era, which began all the way back in April, you’ll probably know that it’s been packed full of ~Easter eggs~.

    Taylor Swift

    From hidden messages left in magazine essays to clues in music videos, social media posts, TV appearances, and interviews, Taylor has been dropping hints about the album absolutely everywhere.

    And of course, now that we’re midway through album-release week, Taylor has upped her Easter egg game, sharing snippets of lyrics from Lover each day on the streets of New York, in Spotify playlists, and in her new clothing collaboration with Stella McCartney.

    Here are all the lyrics we know so far...

    1. “I’d be a fearless leader. I’d be an alpha type. When everyone believes ya: What’s that like?”

    2. “I can’t talk to you when you’re like this. Staring out the window like I’m not your favourite town. I’m New York city.”

    Twitter: @TSwiftNZ

    This lyric was released in Tuesday’s edition of the New York Times. It’s unclear which track the lyrics are from, but fans have already realised that Taylor dropped two hints about these lines months ago. The words “I can’t talk to you when you’re like this” were spoken by her collaborator Brendon Urie in the dramatised argument they have in the video for “Me”. And, during a show in July, Taylor performed “Welcome to New York” from 1989. Introducing the track, she said: “This was the first song I wrote about New York,” hinting that Lover would also contain a reference to her favourite city.

    3. “Luck of the draw only draws the unlucky, and so I became the butt of the joke. I wounded the good and I trusted the wicked. Clearing the air, I breathed in the smoke.”

    Twitter: @swiftistrouble

    This lyric appeared in Leicester Square, London. There are parallels between this lyric and the line which references “the room [being] on fire” and “invisible smoke” from “The Archer”, which Taylor hinted via a Tumblr like was about anxiety. Perhaps this song continues the theme?

    4. "Cut the headlights, summer's a knife. I'm always waiting for you just to cut to the bone. Devils roll the dice, angels roll their eyes. And if I bleed, you'll be the last to know."

    Fans are assuming that the lyric comes from the track “Cruel Summer,” which many Secret Sessioners have heralded as one of the best on the album. Others, however, are speculating that perhaps the reference to bleeding could mean the lyrics are from "Death By A Thousand Cuts" — track 10. Taylor has used dice imagery repeatedly in her clothing and music videos since the Reputation era. Perhaps this song will finally reveal their significance.

    5. “Like a Tennessee Stella McCartney.”

    I’ll continue to update this post with more lyrics as Taylor releases them.

    Ellie Woodward is Deputy News Director: Celebrity and Entertainment for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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