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False God

Lover (2019)

”False God” is a song on Taylor’s seventh studio album, Lover (2019). It uses heavy religious imagery to compare Taylor’s relationship with boyfriend Joe Alwyn to something all-powerful and greater than themselves.

Lyrical Theme

It is made abundantly clear that the “false god” Taylor is referring to in the song is the love she and her partner have for each other. She likens their commitment to their romance to that of a religious devotee to their deity. It appears the reason for such symbolism is that Taylor herself is to some extent concerned by how deeply they are in love, as in how much they revere the relationship. Another metaphor Taylor uses is likening their decision to be in a relationship, despite knowing that staying together would be a challenge, to being “led by blind faith”. One of the premises of the song is that she and her partner took a big risk by committing themselves to each other in the first place. It further appears that another reason she is now concerned is because his feelings are waning. But for the most part, considering that their love is indeed their “religion”, she seems to be confident that it will persist.

Release

The line, “And I can’t talk to you when you’re like this” was first referenced in the music video for “ME!“, when Taylor and Brendon Urie (Panic! at the Disco) speak French. Taylor further teased the first two lines of the chorus in the New York Times with an advertisements which looked like a letter to a lover.

Live Performance

Taylor performed “False God” live for the first time on October 5, 2019 on Saturday Night Live.

Commercial Performance

Upon the release of Lover, during the week ending September 7, 2019, “False God” peaked at No. 77 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
We were crazy to think
Crazy to think that this could work
Remember how I said I’d die for you?
We were stupid to jump in the ocean separating us
Remember how I’d fly to you?

[Pre-chorus]
And I can’t talk to you when you’re like this
Staring out the window like I’m not your favorite town
I’m New York City
I still do it for you, babe
They all warned us about times like this
They say the road gets hard and you get lost
When you’re led by blind faith, blind faith

[Chorus]
But we might just get away with it
Religion’s in your lips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship
We might just get away with it
The altar is my hips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love

[Verse 2]
I know heaven’s a thing
I go there when you touch me, honey
Hell is when I fight with you
But we can patch it up good
Make confessions and we’re begging for forgiveness
Got the wine for you

[Pre-chorus]
And you can’t talk to me when I’m like this
Daring you to leave me just so I can try and scare you
You’re the West Village
You still do it for me, babe
They all warned us about times like this
They say the road gets hard and you get lost
When you’re led by blind faith, blind faith

[Chorus]
But we might just get away with it
Religion’s in your lips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship
We might just get away with it
The altar is my hips
Even if it’s a false god
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love
We’d still worship this love, ah

[Outro]
Still worship this love
Even if it’s a false god
Even if it’s a false god
Still worship this love

General Information
AlbumLover
ReleasedAugust 23, 2019
StudioElectric Lady (New York City)
GenreR&B
Pop Soul
Length3:20
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Jack Antonoff
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
LOVER CHRONOLOGY
Soon You’ll Get BetterFalse GodYou Need to Calm Down
Live Performance
Official Audio
Handwritten Lyrics