- Taylor Swift released her ninth studio album, “Evermore,” on Friday.
- Swift’s boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, is credited as a cowriter on three songs under the pseudonym William Bowery.
- Alwyn helped write “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island,” and “Evermore,” which all strike very somber moods. The first two are breakup songs.
- Swift confirmed that “Evermore” is largely inspired by fictional stories and imaginary characters, so this probably doesn’t point to any relationship troubles.
- Instead, fans are making memes about their creative process and joking about the “chaotic” concept of a happy couple writing sad songs together.
- “do taylor and joe just roleplay breaking up. they just watch movies read books and go hey….this could be us,” one fan tweeted.
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When the new album dropped on Friday, fans noticed that Alwyn is credited as a cowriter on three songs under the pseudonym William Bowery.
The actor previously cowrote two “Folklore” tracks using the fake name: “Exile” and “Betty.”
Swift confirmed that Alwyn and Bowery are the same person in her Disney Plus film, “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.”
“Joe plays piano beautifully, and he’s always just playing and making things up and kind of creating things,” she said.
Of “Betty,” Swift explained: “I was like, ‘Hey, this could be really weird and we could hate this, so because we’re in quarantine and there’s nothing else going on, could we just try to see what it’s like if we write this song together?'”
Apparently, the couple enjoyed the process, because Alwyn was reenlisted to cowrite three more songs in Swift’s catalogue: “Champagne Problems,” “Coney Island,” and “Evermore.”
And I loved creating these songs with Aaron Dessner, Jack Antonoff, WB, and Justin Vernon. We’ve also welcomed some new (and longtime) friends to our musical kitchen table this time around…
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 10, 2020
Although Swift has continued to refer to Alwyn as “William Bowery” or “WB” in regards to the album, in-the-know fans immediately began celebrating his growling list of contributions.
Some made memes about the couple’s creative process â€” which are even funnier given how little they have revealed about their relationship dynamic.
taylor writing evermore at breakfast with joe pic.twitter.com/nqtGhs3zmA
— maria (@jezfrompeepshow) December 11, 2020
Indeed, fans are both confused and charmed by how somber the songs are. “Evermore” appears to describe a period of hopelessness and depression, while “Champagne Problems” and “Coney Island” are both distinctly breakup songs.
Of course, following the “Folklore” tradition, Swift has confirmed that “Evermore” is largely inspired by fictional stories and imaginary characters, so the lyrics probably don’t point to any real relationship troubles.
Instead, fans are joking about the “chaotic” and “deranged” concept of a happy couple writing sad songs together.
“do taylor and joe just roleplay breaking up. they just watch movies read books and go hey….this could be us,” one person tweeted.
do taylor and joe just roleplay breaking up. they just watch movies read books and go hey….this could be us
— mrs. edward cullen ???? (@theslakes) December 11, 2020
Taylor and Joe are chaotic as hell they just be at home writing shit that’s so fucking sad but they be happy as shit the whole time
— Janet ???? (@nostalgiaonfilm) December 11, 2020
taylor writing "im never gonna love again" next to mr joe william bowery alwyn pic.twitter.com/G0G8jnowlG
— blunt roller (@folkloreism) December 11, 2020
— Radwa | #SavePalestine ???????? (@TaylenaAlwyn) December 11, 2020
Some fans just think it’s cute.
— … (@loverricochet) December 11, 2020
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