The basic theme of 1989. Even the songs not about the swift/styles relationship hints at their romance. In ‘Welcome to New York’ Taylor puts her broken heart in a drawer and begins her new life without the baggage of Harry, the same for New Romantics and Shake it Off. In ‘You are in Love’ she does hint back to her own previous relationships and song writing in the song about Lena’s relationship.
Taylor standing on the beach.
However with Style, Out off the Woods,All you had to do was Stay, I wish you would ,This love, Wonderland and How you get the Girl, you see Taylor’s hope of her love coming back to her again. That would be her waiting by the water as in ‘high tide came and brought you in’.
The vines on the beach.
All that came was danger, and more fear and the anxiety of the relationship. The vines circling around her would symbolize the restart of the relationship, he had her in his grasps again. The line ‘looking at it now’ Taylor sings through the vines.In hindsight she saw that the relationship was incredibly toxic for her.
The wolves are her fears. The press, the heartbreak of old loves, the constant ‘will we break up now? Tomorrow? Next week?
The threats became more looming and threatening as she got deeper in the relationship. The more vines would be more ties and emotional tethers she had. The wolves paused, they were there in the back of her mind always waiting but for a moment they didn’t matter.
Running. The Dress tear. The fall.
She was scared. She let her doubts chase her away and out of the situation. She wanted out but it hurt her, he had a piece of her.
It was cold without him, but then it was cold with him. Sort of like ‘ it rain when you’re here and it rains when you’re gone.’
She ripped it off her, but chased after it. [ I wish you would come back, wish I never hung up the phone like I did ] She stared off after it, she knew it was gone but she wanted it back regretting throwing it off in the first place. [ I reached for you but you were gone]
Jumping off into the water.
Letting go was something she had to do to clean herself. But that wasn’t an easy thing to do the water did dry up [ the drought was the very worst].
The mud at the bridge of the song.
Remembering opened the floodgates. She wanted him back but she held herself back because she just went through hell and back to rid herself of him.
The vines growing around her.
She embraced that he was part of her past, that he held a part of her and always will.
Flashing through all the obstacles.
This accrued after she reminisced, maybe just that one moment of ‘wow that was beautiful’ brought back all of the pain. But Taylor stood, she was fine, she looks around and evaluates the situation and comes out strong.The vines unravel as she lets go of the relationship.
She found herself.
The video was what would happen if now that she was clean, if she risked it the story would play out all over again. She knows better now.
Release Date: New Years Eve.
When you think Haylor you think ski trip, zoo walk and the times square kiss. She released it to either make a point that this song is about that relationship, or maybe New years eve was the night she thought they were out of the woods and in the clear.
All in all: I think this would be the last single from the album. It seems only fitting with the secret messages ‘She lost him but found herself’. To add another single to a closing that strong would be unpoetic in my opinion. Out of the Woods was a Harry Styles song. The most personal song, its almost like looking through into how she felt, you could here how she felt… which parts were sad or devastating and which ones she smiled through. This album is Styles-centric and this was the nail on the head song. Since the video was made to tell the story of her revival [ like clean] its unlikely clean would be a single.