Alwyn wrote the first verse in the Grammy-nominated track, “Exile.” About listening to Alwyn singing it, Swift said, “I was entranced and asked if we could keep writing that one, and it was pretty obvious that it should be a duet because he’s got such a low voice and it sounded really good sung down there and in that register.”
The song starts with the lyrics, “I can see you standing, honey // With his arms around your body // Laughin’ but the joke’s not funny at all.” These lines could hint at the day Alwyn and Swift met. The couple attended the 2016 Met Gala, and Swift was dancing with Tom Hiddleston at the dinner party. Therefore, these lyrics might reflect that Joe felt jealous when he saw them together.
Regarding the collab with Vernon, Swift stated that both she and Alwyn were “really, really, really big Bon Iver fans,” so having Verson on the track was a great achievement for them. Although Alwyn himself is not up for a Grammy, “Exile” is, so having basically his first public song nominated should make him really proud.