There’s a Fan Theory That Harry Styles Co-Wrote a Song on Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ and It’s Actually Pretty Convincing

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Taylor Swift launched her shock album, folklore, lower than per week in the past, and it’s blown up the web ever since. There are a number of standout songs, however there’s nonetheless a thriller surrounding one of many writers on two of the songs. Who is William Bowery? Well, some thought it was Joe Alwyn, however now there’s a convincing idea that it’s Harry Styles. 

Taylor Swift onstage during the iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2019 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 13, 2019 / Harry Styles on The TODAY Show Feb. 26, 2020.
Taylor Swift onstage in the course of the iHeartRadio’s Z100 Jingle Ball 2019 at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 13, 2019 / Harry Styles on The TODAY Show Feb. 26, 2020| Kevin Kane/WireImage / Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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People suppose William Bowery is a pseudonym for somebody

On July 23, Swift introduced that she was dropping her eighth album on July 24, and thanked a ton of her “musical heroes” that she labored on the album with. She introduced on Aaron Dessner, of the band The National, for lots of songs. She additionally dueted with Bon Iver and Jack Antonoff labored on this album once more (he’s executed others along with her earlier than). 

The title that confused many was William Bowery, who co-wrote “Exile” and “Betty” with Swift. From that first post, many thought it was a pseudonym proper off the bat. 

Swift isn’t new to that idea; she glided by Nils Sjöberg when she co-wrote Calvin Harris’ music “This Is What You Came For.” But clearly it wasn’t her this time. 

Many thought it was her brother, Austin Swift, who’s allegedly the true singer of Jack Leopard and the Dolphin Club (one other potential pseudonym). Or one other standard idea was Joe Alwyn, Swift’s boyfriend. 

The clues that pointed to Alwyn included the truth that they stayed on the Bowery Hotel in New York City earlier than. And he has connections with the title William. 

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Most of the issues I had deliberate this summer season didn’t find yourself taking place, however there’s something I hadn’t deliberate on that DID occur. And that factor is my eighth studio album, folklore. Surprise Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my complete model new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, goals, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation however received to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine; @aarondessner (who has co-written or produced 11 of the 16 songs), @boniver (who co-wrote and was type sufficient to sing on one with me), William Bowery (who co-wrote two with me) and @jackantonoff (who’s mainly musical household at this level). Engineered by Laura Sisk and Jon Low, combined by Serban Ghenea & Jon Low. The album images have been shot by the superb @bethgarrabrant. Before this yr I in all probability would’ve overthought when to launch this music on the ‘perfect’ time, however the instances we’re residing in maintain reminding me that nothing is assured. My intestine is telling me that for those who make one thing you like, you must simply put it out into the world. That’s the facet of uncertainty I can get on board with. Love you guys a lot ♥️

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There’s now a convincing idea that Harry Styles is William Bowery

However, there’s much more convincing proof that Harry Styles is definitely William Bowery. It appears kind of far-fetched at first; Swift and Styles dated for a couple of months and rumor has it that it didn’t finish nicely. And they haven’t actually been seen collectively since. However, followers have been sleuthing and, once more, it’s convincing for a lot of causes. 

A Tumblr thread famous the entire clues. Styles truly has two connections to “Bowery.” Apparently they stayed on the Bowery Hotel, as nicely. But additionally certainly one of his final exhibits earlier than COVID-19 locked all the things down was on the Bowery Ballroom in New York. 

The post additionally identified that one of many songs William Bowery is credited on, “Exile,” has been in comparison with “The Last Time,” which additionally was a duet. That was on Red, and featured Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. Lightbody has written with Styles earlier than, on the music “Something Great.” 

This would make sense as a result of Aaron Dessner thinks Bowery is a songwriter

Probably the largest trace that it’s Styles, although — outdoors of the lyrics, which we’ll get to beneath — is that Dessner is satisfied it’s somebody who writes songs for a residing. 

In an interview with Vulture, they requested him straight up if it’s Alwyn. “I don’t know. We’re close, but she won’t tell me that,” Dessner revealed. “I think it’s actually someone else, but it’s good to have some mysteries.”

Why does he suppose it’s somebody aside from Alwyn? Because of the truth that this William Bowery got here up with the unique bones of “Exile” himself, one thing solely somebody who’s very skilled with writing songs would be capable to do. 

“He’s a songwriter, and actually, because of social distancing, I’ve never met him,” Dessner advised Rolling Stone. “He actually wrote the original idea for ‘Exile,’ and then Taylor took it and ran with it. I don’t actually know to be totally honest.”

Dessner went on to say that Bowery and Swift wrote the music collectively, including in Dessner and Bon Iver’s enter after it was completed. 

Dessner’s feedback alone level away from Alwyn, except he’s secretly an skilled songwriter. Whether it’s Styles or not, William Bowery is a musician of some type. 

The lyrics appear to actually hone in on this ‘Styles is William Bowery’ idea too

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Lastly, going into the lyrics, that unique Tumblr post factors out many clues that the music displays Swift and Styles’ previous relationship. 

Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) sings the road: “I can see you standing, honey; With his arms around your body; Laughin’, but the joke’s not funny at all.” To which Swift replies, “I can see you starin’, honey; Like he’s just your understudy; Like you’d get your knuckles bloody for me.”

The followers notice that this might consult with the 2015 Billboard Music Awards when Swift and Harris have been within the entrance row — they have been courting on the time — and had some severe PDA as Styles seemed on. 

There are different examples, however one of many largest hints is the road “We always walked a very thin line.” You know, what some would name a Fine Line. 

Lastly, many identified that Swift’s “Cardigan” music video seemed similar to Styles’ “Falling” video, since each had visuals of pianos submerged in water. 

Whether Styles is definitely William Bowery stays to be seen. And it’s actually not one thing that followers will know the reply to till certainly one of them says one thing about it (in the event that they ever do). But, it’s a really convincing idea, nonetheless. 

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