Taylor Swift's "All Of The Girls You've Loved Before" Lyrics Seemingly Detail Joe Alwyn's Past Relationships
Taylor Swift may officially be in her "Eras Stadium Tour" era, but that doesn't mean she can't gift Swifties with re-released tracks ahead of her first show in Glendale, Arizona on March 17. The day before her tour commenced, the Grammy winner teased four new songs on her Instagram Stories, including re-records of "If This Was a Movie," her two songs from The Hunger Games soundtrack, and "All Of The Girls You Loved Before," a Lover era track that allegedly leaked and gained traction on TikTok in February 2023. Lover is the first Taylor-owned album that was released in August 2019, and the new track was scrapped for unknown reasons at the time.
The album includes a multitude of tracks about Taylor's longtime love, Joe Alwyn, and fans on Twitter are already theorizing that "All Of The Girls You've Loved Before" is no different. "'All Of The Girls You Loved Before' is about the one and only person she loves: a boy named Joe Alwyn 🥰," one fan wrote alongside a photo of the pair at the 2020 Golden Globes. Other Swifties have noted that the song could be a sweet love note to Joe and all the ex-girlfriends that led him to Taylor. And, in true Taylor fashion, the song may be sprinkled with Easter Eggs and references to her other songs.
Ahead, find our breakdown of Taylor Swift's "All Of The Girls You Loved Before"
Lyrics provided by Genius
When you think of all the late nights
Lame fights over the phone
Wake up in the mornin' with someone
But feelin' alone
A heart is drawn around your name
In someone's handwriting, not mine
We're sneakin' out into town
Holdin' hands, just killin' time
The track, which is rumored to be about Taylor's boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, starts out with melancholic undertones as it paints the picture of their past relationships. By the end of the refrain, Taylor describes tumultuous fights with her exes and finding a spark with someone new like Joe.
Your past and mine are parallel lines
Stars all aligned and they intertwined
And taught you
The way you call me "baby"
Treat me like a lady
All that I can say is
Everything the couple has gone through has only led them to find each other, which is the same sentiment Tay visits on her Folklore track, "Invisible String," where she sings: "One single thread of gold tied me to you."
As for the stars aligning, she revisits this idea in "Mastermind," her Midnights song about her current relationship, with lyrics like: "Once upon a time, the planets and the fates / And all the stars aligned / You and I ended up in the same room / At the same time."
This concept was also mentioned in reference to a different romance in Red (Taylor's Versison)'s "The Moment I Knew."
All of the girls you loved before (Ooh)
Made you the one I've fallen for
Every dead-end street led you straight to me
Now you're all I need, I'm so thankful for
All of the girls you loved before
But I love you more
Taylor uses the chorus to shout out and show gratitude to all of her love's former girlfriends for making him the man she loves today. One Swiftie noted that Joe's exes might have this reaction while listening to the sweet track.
When I think of all the makeup
Fake love out on the town (Ooh)
Cryin' in the bathroom for some dude
Whose name I cannot remember now
Secret jokes all alone
No one's home, sixteen and wild (Ooh)
We're breakin' up, makin' up
Leave without sayin' goodbye (Ooh)
The second verse and refrain seem to call back to Taylor's memory of crying in the bathroom over one of her exes while they were working through issues in their relationship. This is also mentioned in "All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor's Version)," where she sings "Not weeping in a party bathroom / Some actress asking me what happened, you / That's what happened, you." Now, the memory has faded as she "cannot remember" the name of her ex and she feels she found real love with Joe.
And just know that
It's everything that made me
Now I call you "baby"
That's why you're so amazing
Your mother brought you up loyal and kind
Teenage love taught you there's good in goodbye
Every woman that you knew brought you here
I wanna teach you how forever feels like
The last lyric in the bridge has big "say you want to get married without saying you want to get married" energy, and we're totally here for it.
(I love you more)
(I love you more)
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