Getaway Car

Album: Reputation (2017)

Songfacts®:

  • Here, Taylor Swift uses a Bonnie and Clyde-esqe image of two criminals attempting to flee cops in a getaway car to illustrate a doomed relationship.

    I'm in a getaway car
    I left you in a motel bar
    Put the money in a bag and I stole the keys
    That was the last time you ever saw me


    The metaphors pile up as Taylor sings about driving the getaway car away from a lover in order to escape their relationship.
  • Vehicles in Taylor Swift songs often have an enormous amount a huge significance. Later on in Reputation, for instance, on the track "King of My Heart," she throws some shade at her exes with the line "all the boys with their expensive cars". Also, in the video for the album's lead single "Look What You Made Me Do," we see the songstress crash a sports car.
  • There are several clues that the subject of the song is Tom Hiddleston, with whom Taylor hooked up with immediately after breaking up with Calvin Harris. The couple went public about their romance with a seaside make-out session on June 15, 2016.

    The ties were black, the lies were white

    Taylor met and danced with Hiddleston at the 2016, black-tie Met Gala when she was still dating Harris.

    I wanted to leave him
    I needed a reason


    It could be Taylor is referencing her desire to end her long-term relationship with Harris. The songstress needed an excuse as she was having a hard time shedding him on her own.
  • X marks the spot where we fell apart

    Interestingly, the same lyric appears on Hilary Duff's track "Breathe In. Breathe Out." Swift publicly cited the song as a favourite of hers in a 2015 Tumblr post.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Gary NumanSongwriter Interviews

An Electronic music pioneer with Asperger's Syndrome. This could be interesting.

Frankie ValliSong Writing

An interview with Frankie Valli, who talks about why his songs - both solo and with The Four Seasons - have endured, and reflects on his time as Rusty Millio on The Sopranos.

George HarrisonFact or Fiction

Did Eric Clapton really steal George's wife? What's the George Harrison-Monty Python connection? Set the record straight with our Fact or Fiction quiz.

Reverend Horton HeatSongwriter Interviews

The Reverend rants on psychobilly and the egghead academics he bashes in one of his more popular songs.

Dave Pirner of Soul AsylumSongwriter Interviews

Dave explains how the video appropriated the meaning of "Runaway Train," and what he thought of getting parodied by Weird Al.

Grateful Dead CharactersMusic Quiz

Many unusual folks appear in Grateful Dead songs. Can you identify them?