So Long London
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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I saw in my mind fairy lights through the mist
I kept calm and carried the weight of the rift
Pulled him in tighter each time he was drifting away
My spine split from carrying us up the hill
Wet through my clothes, weary bones caught the chill
I stopped trying to make him laugh
Stopped trying to drill the safe
Thinkin, how much sad did you think I had
Did you think I had in me?
Oh, the tragedy ...

So long, London
You′ll find someone ...

I didn't opt in to be your odd man out
I founded the club she′s heard great things about
I left all I knew, you left me at the house by the Heath
I stopped CPR, after all it's no use
The spirit was gone, we would never come to
And I'm pissed off you let me give you all that youth for free

For so long, London
Stitches undone
Two graves, one gun
I′ll find someone ...

And you say I abandoned the ship
But I was going down with it
My white knuckle dying grip
Holding tight to your quiet resentment and
My friends said it isn′t right to be scared
Every day of a love affair
Every breath feels like rarest air
When you're not sure if he wants to be there
So how much sad did you think I had,
Did you think I had in me?
How much tragedy?
Just how low did you think I′d go?
Before I'd self-implode
Before I′d have to go be free

You swore that you loved me but where were the clues?
I died on the altar waiting for the proof
You sacrificed us to the gods of your bluest days
And I'm just getting color back into my face
I′m just mad as hell cause I loved this place

For so long, London
Had a good run
A moment of warm sun
But I'm not the one
So long, London
Stitches undone




Two graves, one gun
You'll find someone ...

Overall Meaning

In the first verse of "So Long London," Taylor Swift describes a scene where she envisions fairy lights shining through mist, symbolizing a magical and dreamy atmosphere. Despite facing challenges and struggles within the relationship ("carried the weight of the rift"), she tries to hold onto her partner who seems to be emotionally distant ("Pulled him in tighter each time he was drifting away"). The imagery of her spine splitting from carrying the burden metaphorically represents the physical and emotional toll of trying to keep the relationship afloat even when it feels strained. Swift reflects on how she stopped putting in effort to make her partner laugh or feel safe, questioning how much sadness and tragedy he thought she could endure.


The chorus "So Long London, You'll find someone..." suggests a farewell to a chapter of her life spent in London, possibly hinting at leaving behind a tumultuous relationship and moving forward to find someone who appreciates her worth. Swift expresses feelings of being the odd one out in the relationship, feeling like she made sacrifices and invested more into it than her partner did. She references leaving behind familiar surroundings and taking a risk, only to be left alone by the Heath (Heathrow airport in London) while her partner seemingly gave up on their connection. The mention of stopping CPR and acknowledging that the relationship was beyond saving underscores a sense of finality and acceptance of the end.


In the second verse, Swift reveals her frustration and anger at the situation, feeling misled into giving her all to someone who didn't value it. She reflects on the disappointment of the relationship falling apart and the bitterness of feeling used. The mention of two graves and one gun alludes to a shared demise and a sense of mutual destruction within the relationship. She emphasizes that despite feeling abandoned and hurt, she was dedicated to the relationship and was willing to go down with the ship, holding onto hope despite the signs of impending failure.


The final verse delves deeper into Swift's realization of being deceived by false promises of love and dedication. She laments waiting for proof of love on an altar, only to be left disillusioned and hurt by her partner's actions. The imagery of sacrificing their bond to the "gods of your bluest days" suggests that her partner prioritized their own happiness over their relationship, leaving Swift to pick up the broken pieces alone. The resolution comes as Swift starts to reclaim her independence and regain her vibrancy ("getting color back into my face"), signaling a new beginning and a departure from the emotional turmoil of the past. The song concludes with a bittersweet farewell to London, marking the end of a chapter and the hope for a brighter future outside of the city and the failed relationship.




Writer(s): Taylor Swift, Aaron Brooking Dessner

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@maddisonpurdy1549

“Stopped trying to make him laugh, stopped trying to drill the safe” such a powerful lyric. Perfectly encapsulates mentally leaving a relationship before you actually do

@mikaelaisraelsson119

chills.

@BritBelle89

Exactly uhhhh painful

@lucie3075

paralel to mirror ball i think

@joesmith4443

Honest question, Is Taylor saying her comedy is terrible and that not even a drill to a safe would make him laugh?

@maddisonpurdy1549

@@joesmith4443 I personally took it as 2 separate things. I interpreted “stopped trying to drill the safe” as, she gave up trying to break down his walls/read his mind and decode how he was feeling. The “safe” being his mind, full of intel. And she stopped trying to make him laugh as perhaps she knew it was fruitless or she just didn’t want to due to her own unhappiness

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@qchristianabram

2019: London Boy
2024: So Long, London

How time flies goes by.

@ShawnCoe3

Wait London boy like Harry??? Ok but jokes aside the chords in this video are the same as As It Was by Harry Styles 👀

@eunoiia7213

​@@ShawnCoe3London boy was about Joe haha

@samiatabassum9463

@@ShawnCoe3it was about joe

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