Taylor Swift sings of ‘falling back in love’ after Joe Alwyn split in new song with The National

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Despite her recent romance woes, Taylor Swift is far from done with love if her newest song is any indication.

The National on Friday released their ninth studio album, “First Two Pages of Frankenstein,” which includes a duet between 33-year-old Swift and the band’s lead singer, Matt Berninger. Titled “The Alcott,” the emotional tune features both singers crooning from the point of view of former lovers who are at a location where they used to spend a lot time together.

“It very much is a perspective of one person coming to try to reconnect with another person in a space, in a room, like, in a hotel bar,” Berninger said of the song in a recent interview on Apple Music 1, adding that Swift naturally started collaborating and writing from the perspective of the second character.

“It’s the last thing you wanted / It’s the first thing I do / I tell you that I think I’m fallin’ / Back in love with you,” the duo sing in the chorus.

There are also a few references to gold, including a “golden notebook” and “golden thinking.”

Swifties in the past have linked Taylor’s golden imagery to her now-ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn, but Berninger emphasized that this latest song has nothing to do the with the 32-year-old actor.

News of their split made headlines last month, with sources saying it was amicable. They were together for six years.

Swift “wrote all her stuff as a response to me and very much from the perspective of my wife, who I was writing about,” Berninger said.

“The Alcott” is far from the first time the 12-time Grammy winner has collaborated with The National.

The National’s Aaron Dessner is listed as a producer on Swift’s 2020 album “Folklore,” which also features contributions from Bryce Dessner and Bryan Devendorf. Her follow-up album, “Evermore,” from the same year, has the Dessners, Bryan and Scott Devendorf, as well as Berninger, singing with Swift on the track “Coney Island.”

Most recently, Aaron Dessner made an appearance during Swift’s sold-out Eras Tour earlier this month.