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    Taylor Swift's Boyfriend Joe Alwyn Just Went From Muse To Musician On "Evermore"

    When she said "the great loves of all time are over now," she lied.

    Just a few short weeks ago, Taylor Swift confirmed the prevalent fan theory that William Bowery, the cowriter for two songs on Folklore, was indeed her boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.

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    They collaborated on "Betty" and "Exile."

    Well, William/Joe is back for Evermore, the follow-up album to Folklore, with writing credits on three new tracks.

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    Taylor shared this fact with fans in the "Willow" music video premiere comment section on YouTube.

    📲 YT | Taylor Swift on collaborating with William Bowery on #evermoreAlbum in the #willowMusicVideo chat! “I wrote 3 songs with William Bowery!”

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    Eagle-eyed Swifties quickly discovered that William Bowery was credited on "Champagne Problems," "Coney Island," and "Evermore."

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    Let's break these down for a second so we can fully appreciate the lyrical genius of the Swift-Alwyn songwriting team, which actually makes a surprising number of references to Taylor's previous work.

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    Taylor described "Champagne Problems" as "the one where longtime college sweethearts had very different plans for the same night, one to end it and one who brought a ring."

    I have no idea what will come next. I have no idea about a lot of things these days and so I’ve clung to the one thing that keeps me connected to you all. That thing always has and always will be music. And may it continue, evermore. evermore is out now: https://t.co/QYMUTL0IAj

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    From the perspective of the woman who rejected her longtime partner's proposal, Taylor sings, "But you'll find the real thing instead, she'll patch up your tapestry that I shred."

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    She's no longer the "crumpled up piece of paper lying here" that she was in "All Too Well."

    In "Coney Island," Taylor invokes her Reputation track "Delicate" with the line, "Did I close my fist around something delicate? Did I shatter you?"

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    Later in the song, the National's Matt Berninger references the Red bonus track "The Moment I Knew" when he sings, "Were you standing in the hallway with a big cake, happy birthday?"

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    His line "Did I paint your bluest skies the darkest grey?" also alludes to "Dear John" from the Speak Now album.

    Likewise, Taylor's line "But when I walked up to the podium, I think that I forgot to say your name" sounds like a reference to the Folklore track "Exile," which Joe Alwyn helped write.

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    "Evermore" opens with "Gray November, I've been down since July," which could be linked to the Reputation track "Call It What You Want" with the line "I recall late November."

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    "Evermore" gives me serious "Call It What You Want" vibes, tbh.

    But that's not all!

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    Aside from helping Taylor write for Evermore, Joe also played piano on the title track! He's credited as "William Bowery" in the lyric video's credits.

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    Excuse me while I play this track approximately 1,300 more times so I can appreciate every individual piano note.

    So, basically, "The 1" was wrong because the greatest loves of all time are NOT over now.

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    I hope Taylor and Joe keep writing together for a long time. I mean, Jack Antonoff is great, but I think William Bowery might be the greatest cowriter of all time.

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