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Lyrics from 1989 (Taylor’s Version) that describe Cambridge

Let’s fast forward to 300 takeout coffees later


1989 (Taylor Version) is finally out and, if you’re anything like me, you’ve been using it to help power you through term. While listening to the album, I spotted some lyrics that have parallels to life as a Cambridge student. Forget Harry Styles, did Taylor write these songs about…us???

‘Oh no, oh no, it won’t stop’

How we feel about our weekly essays.

Song: Say Don’t Go

‘Let’s fast forward to 300 takeout coffees later’

Who knew Taylor was a sidge girlie?

Song: Is It Over Now?

Not a takeout coffee because we’re more environmental than Taylor was in 2014 (Image credit: Esther Knowles)

‘With important men who think important thoughts’

I’m sensing a lot of sarcasm here. Shoutout to anyone who spends much time at the Union.

Song: Now That We Don’t Talk

‘You understand now why they lost their minds’

Cambridge dropouts, I feel you.

Song: You Are In Love

‘Take me home’

The sexual tension between Cambridge students and the Trainline app on their phone.

Song: Style

Image credit: Esther Knowles

‘Let me remind you this was what you wanted’

This is what we tell ourselves when we come very close to dropping out of the university we gave our blood, sweat and tears to get into.

Song: All You Had To Do Was Stay

‘Wait, the worst is yet to come’

When someone reminds you it’s still only Week Four and the Week Five blues is still pending.

Song: Blank Space

‘Now we got problems, and I don’t think we can solve them’

How I imagine every natsci feels when they’re set supervision work.

Song: Bad Blood

‘Walking through a crowd’

POV: You’re walking down Sidney Street on a Sunday but, every two seconds, a tourist decides to stop in their tracks right in front of you. New York must have bigger pavement than Cambridge City Centre for this to seem glamorous.

Song: Welcome To New York

Not a particularly crowded picture because, unlike tourists, I don’t block busy streets to take photos (Image credit: Esther Knowles)

‘Coffee at midnight’

Song: Welcome To New York

Not a particularly crowded picture because, unlike tourists, I don’t block busy streets to take photos (Image credit: Esther Knowles)

‘Coffee at midnight’

Song: You Are In Love

‘Is it over now?’

No, it’s only Week Four.

Song: Is It Over Now?

‘Screaming, crying’

This one doesn’t need an explanation.

Song: Blank Space

‘I stay out too late’

When you stay until the lights turn on at Rumboogie and you realise your Thursday morning lectures are going to be the casualty.

Song: Shake It Off

Image credit: Esther Knowles

‘You play it back’

The lecture recordings (or not).

Song: You Are In Love

‘I guess I’ll never know, ever know’

This is how many of us feel about our degree content.

Song: Now That We Don’t Talk

‘Didn’t it all seem new and exciting?’

Throwback to our Freshers’ Week.

Song: Wonderland

‘We’re all bored, we’re all so tired of everything’

Please get out the library then!

Song: New Romantics

‘Takin your chance, it’s a big mistake’

You decide to wing you supervision with no preparation but then your supervisor asks you about the reading.

Song: Slut!

Image credit: Esther Knowles

‘The more I think about it now, the less I know’

When you’ve been staring at your laptop screen all day and nothing is settling in your brain.

Song: All You Had To Do Was Stay

‘Don’t say I didn’t, say I didn’t warn ya’

You were probably warned about the workload at Cambridge yet you decided to come here anyway.

Song: Blank Space

‘The rumors are terrible and cruel but, honey, most of them are true’

When your friends back at home ask you whether Cambridge stereotypes are true.

Song: New Romantics

‘You can tell me when it’s over, if the high was worth the pain’

To end on a positive note, the great times we do have here at Cambridge are certainly worth the odd mental breakdown over our workload.