Taylor Swift's 'Champagne Problems' Lyrics Are About a Rejected Proposal

"She would've made such a lovely bride..."

Taylor Swift dropped evermore at midnight, an album featuring three songs William Bowery, aka Swift's boyfriend Joe Alwyn, co-wrote with her. Of the tracks, "champagne problems" is the one most focused on a proposal amid fan theories (opens in new tab) the two could be revealing through Swift's new music that they're secretly engaged. But the song doesn't end with the woman saying yes. In a twist, she says no. So is that rooted in reality?

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No. Swift made it clear that, like folklore, this album is based more in fiction than her personal life. folklore was a blend of fact and fiction, creating the stories and narratives throughout the tracks. evermore continues that and is "17 tales," as Swift put it in her new accompanying album note, with different characters. Those characters may have blushes of her in them (as Swift wrote in her folklore note (opens in new tab), "the lines between fantasy and reality blur and the boundaries between truth and fiction become almost indiscernible"), but they aren't breaking news about her personal life.

In her evermore note, Swift called out "champagne problems" specifically as "the one where longtime college sweethearts had very different plans for the same night, one to end it and one who brought a ring." The song tells a story, one not about her and Alwyn but characters. Alwyn and Swift, after all, started dating in their mid-20s, have been together for four years, and remain a couple.

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Swift and Alwyn have kept their relationship private on purpose, although Swift described Alwyn as her "boyfriend" in Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab)'s interview (opens in new tab) with her released this week, shutting down engagement and breakup rumors. Additionally, a source spoke to  (opens in new tab)Entertainment Tonight (opens in new tab) about the two's relationship last week, describing them as still just seriously dating and planning a future together.

"Joe has provided such a great support system for Taylor," ET's source said. "He is the one constant in her life that she can truly rely on. Joe has helped Taylor with her music, inspiring it. She is so grateful for him and in love with him. He is her cheerleader and rock. They have spoken about their future together, and they love celebrating the holidays together and are looking forward to that."

The two's song "champagne problems" tells a poignant story though—and offers a rare showcase of Alwyn and Swift's teamwork and joint writing skills. Here, the lyrics via Genius (opens in new tab) to take in. You can listen to the song below:

Verse 1
You booked the night train for a reason
So you could sit there in this hurt
Bustling crowds or silent sleepers
You're not sure which is worse


Because I dropped your hand while dancing
Left you out there standing
Crestfallen on the landing
Champagne problems
Your mom's ring in your pocket
My picture in your wallet
Your heart was glass, I dropped it
Champagne problems

Verse 2

You told your family for a reason
You couldn't keep it in
Your sister splashed out on the bottle
Now no one's celebrating


Dom Pérignon, you brought it
No crowd of friends applauded
Your hometown skeptics called it
Champagne problems
You had a speech, you're speechless
Love slipped beyond your reaches
And I couldn't give a reason
Champagne problems

Verse 3
Your Midas touch on the Chevy door
November flushed and your flannel cured
"This dorm was once a madhouse"
I made a joke, "Well, it's made for me"
How evergreen, our group of friends
Don't think we'll say that word again
And soon they'll have the nerve to deck the halls
That we once walked through
One for the money, two for the show
I never was ready so I watch you go
Sometimes you just don't know the answer
'Til someone's on their knees and asks you
"She would've made such a lovely bride
What a shame she's fucked in the head," they said
But you'll find the real thing instead
She'll patch up your tapestry that I shred


And hold your hand while dancing
Never leave you standing
Crestfallen on the landing
With champagne problems
Your mom's ring in your pocket
Her picture in your wallet
You won't remember all my
Champagne problems


You won't remember all my
Champagne problems

Alyssa Bailey
Alyssa Bailey

Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.