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Idris Elba's cameo on Taylor Swift's "London Boy" nearly makes up for its impossibly lame lyrics

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Today, Taylor Swift released her much-anticipated Lover, an 18-track collection of sparkly love songs featuring production by Jack Antonoff and collaborations with St. Vincent and Panic! At The Disco’s Brendon Urie. Give “London Boy” a spin and you might recognize another voice in Swift’s Cats co-star Idris Elba.

“We could go driving on my scooter, you know, just around London,” the Hackney-born actor exudes at the song’s outset, helping usher in the song’s daylong exploration of the city. He didn’t record it specifically for the album; rather, the soundbite comes from a 2017 interview Elba did with James Corden, another Cats co-star. This delighted many, but disappointed those who hoped for a cameo from Swift’s boyfriend, English actor Joe Alwyn, as the song is clearly about the pair’s idyllic, probably heavily fortified trips throughout the city.

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Still, plenty of Swift’s English fans wish she and Joe had taken Elba’s scooter elsewhere, pointing out that bouncing between Highgate, Brixton, and Shoreditch sounds like a miserable day spent sweating in a crowded train.

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Of course, what the above tweets fail to acknowledge is that Swift, star that she is, probably travels via teleportation or, at the very least, inside a suitcase in a helicopter, cutting down travel times significantly. The real issue, others argue, is that nobody in their right mind would want to do the basic-ass shit she sings about.

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Of course, they could just be trying to avoid her ex, Tom Hiddleston, who we assume is far too classy for such touristy activities.

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Randall Colburn

Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.