What Is Cornelia Street? Taylor Swift Named a Song After It

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Cornelia Street is the ninth song on Lover, Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album. And though fans offered up a number of compelling theories in the days leading up to the album’s release, Swift all but confirmed the meaning within the lyrics.

The other songs that have held the place of track number nine in previous Swift albums include: You’re Not Sorry, Enchanted, Wildest Dreams, Stay Stay Stay, Should’ve Said No, and Getaway Car.

Here’s everything you have to know about the most mysterious track on Lover:


Full Lyrics to Cornelia Street: ‘I Rent a Place on Cornelia Street’

Here are the full lyrics to Cornelia Street, as released by Genius:

[Verse 1]
We were in the backseat
Drunk on something stronger than the drinks in the bar
“I rent a place on Cornelia Street”
I said casually in the car
We were a fresh page on the desk
Filling in the blanks as we go
As if the street lights pointed in an arrow head
Leading us home

[Chorus]
I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
That’s the kinda heartbreak time could never mend
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
And baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name
And baby, I’m so terrified of if you ever walk away
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again

[Verse 2]
Windows swung right open, autumn air
Jacket ’round my shoulders is yours
We bless the rains on Cornelia Street
Memorize the creaks in the floor
Back when we were card sharks, playing games
I thought you were leading me on
I packed my bags, left Cornelia Street
Before you even knew I was gone

[Pre-Chorus]
But then you called, showed your hand
I turned around before I hit the tunnel
Sat on the roof, you and I

[Chorus]
I hope I never lose you, hope it never ends
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
That’s the kinda heartbreak time could never mend
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
And baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name
And baby, I’m so terrified of if you ever walk away
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again

[Bridge]
You hold my hand on the street
Walk me back to that apartment
Years ago, we were just inside
Barefoot in the kitchen
Sacred new beginnings
That became my religion, listen

[Chorus]
I hope I never lose you
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
Oh, never again
And baby, I get mystified by how this city screams your name
And baby, I’m so terrified of if you ever walk away
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again

[Post-Chorus]
I don’t wanna lose you (Hope it never ends)
I’d never walk Cornelia Street again
I don’t wanna lose you (Yeah)

[Outro]
“I rent a place on Cornelia Street”
I said casually in the car


Swift & Boyfriend Alwyn Have a Cornelia Street Connection

Swift has left a number of Easter eggs in her music related to her multi-year relationship with British actor Joe Alwyn. Some fans have correctly speculated that Cornelia Street is connected to their relationship in some way.

Specifically, Swift stayed at 23 Cornelia Street for a period of time while she was living in New York and just starting to date Alwyn; the front of the building can be seen below. The townhouse was recently sold for $11.5 million, and contains 5,500 square feet of luxurious living space.

Per Corcoran, the description of the townhouse reads in part, “The house has many unusual architectural features with dramatic double heights ceilings, 3 original fireplaces (one wood burning & two gas), beautiful hardwood floors. Basalt stone tile floor are throughout the pool area and the pool itself measures approximately 30′ by 15′ and 5,5′ deep. There are double height ceilings in the pool (27′) and a chandelier, creating a grand impression.”

Fans have speculated that Cornelia Street is a sequel to Getaway Car, from the Reputation album. Others have insisted that it’s a sequel to All Too Well, Swift’s famous ballad from the Red album.

It’s also worth noting that the track is just about five minutes long (just like All Too Well), which harkens back to the style of music Swift championed in her albums Red and Speak Now. 

Still other fans have noticed that the street Swift walks down in the music video for ME! looks quite a bit like the Cornelia Street in New York City.

“Ok but this scene in the ME! music video is a total Easter egg for Cornelia Street!!” one user tweeted. “It looks so similar to the street in NYC.”

It only adds to the hype that countless fans who attended Secret Sessions for the album are claiming Cornelia Street to be their favorite song on the album.

After Swift released the tracklist, one fan tweeted, “Now I can finally say that Cornelia Street is my favorite f*cking song on Lover because the tracklist is out…I can’t wait until the 23rd”

Another tweeted, “OKAY CORNELIA STREET HAD THE BEST F*CKING STORY BEHIND IT IN MY OPINION LIKE WHEN SHE EXPLAINED WHY SHE WROTE IT AND EVERYTHING…. THAT SHIT HURTED IUSISIS”

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