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13 Songs in #TSTTPD That Caught Our Attention

With her latest release, Taylor Swift has once again proven her mastery in crafting songs that resonate deeply with audiences. Well, we just became members of "The Tortured Poets Department"

Taylor Swift continues to break records with her eleventh studio album, The Tortured Poets Department. Shortly after its release, Spotify announced that it made history with 200 million streams in a single day

After a close listen to Swift’s new album, one can't help but be drawn into the emotional whirlwind of The Tortured Poets Department (TTPD) and its initial 15 tracks. However, just hours later, Taylor revealed The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology, featuring a total of 31 songs, making it a double album release.

Deciphering the meaning behind each song and dissecting the lyrics becomes a game for Swifties. Initially anticipated to be a breakup album, The Tortured Poets Department offers unexpected twists and turns.

Are you ready for an emotional journey? Let’s delve into some of the songs in #TSTTPD that caught our attention:

Contrary to expectations, the album doesn’t just talk about Swift’s six-year relationship with English actor Joe Alwyn. Instead, it also delves into her rumored short romance with Matt Healy, the lead singer of the British band The 1975. Fans believe the sharp lyrics in the title track were aimed at him: “I laughed and said, ‘You're not Dylan Thomas, I'm not Patti Smith / This ain't the Chelsea Hotel, we're modern idiots.’”

And the references in the song “Peter,” she sings about a man who seems unable to mature or get his life together and their attempt to reunite years later, only to have it not work out again. Her note in the album sleeve offers insight: “Because it's the worst men that I write best.” Then again, we can only guess. 

The opening track, “Fortnight,” featuring lyrics co-written and co-sung by Post Malone, portrays two lovers who were together for only a short time and are now friends, along with their families.

Tracks like “Who’s Afraid Of Little Old Me” and “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart” directly reference her emotional struggles during the Eras Tour, and “Guilty As Sin,” indicating the pop star’s fatigue with maintaining a flawless public image. 

Other tracks from the anthology, such as “thanK you aIMee” and “Cassandra,” are believed to be about her feud with Kim Kardashian. “thanK you aIMee” is an example of Swift’s ability to turn pain into relatable songs.

While it’s challenging not to speculate about the subject of each song, Taylor Swift’s current beau, Travis Kelce, the football player from The Kansas Chiefs, receives a number of references. Tracks like “The Alchemy” and “So High School” are undeniably about Kelce, with lines like “Where's the trophy? He just comes runnin' over to me.” 

The Prophecy” is raw and deeply touching, striking a chord with listeners with piercing lyrics “Don't want money, just someone who wants my company.” It conveys a plea from someone wanting to reverse a failed relationship's outcome.

And then there’s Track #5. Continuing the tradition noticed by Swifties on her early albums, the fifth song is often the most emotionally devastating one—examples include “All Too Well,” “My Tears Ricochet,” and “Dear John.”  

So Long, London” appeared as track five on TTPD. And it’s the only song in the album that directly addresses her relationship with Joe. It starts softly and then it builds up, and we find ourselves tearing up, “You swore that you loved me, but where were the clues?”

The emotional depth of “The Manuscript” leaves the listener hopeful after a painful experience. “Lookin' backward / Might be the only way to move forward’ ends the emotional rollercoaster with a note to keep moving on… despite. And as you rise from it, all that’s left is a story to tell—the manuscript.”

Overall, yes, The Tortured Poets Department is indeed a breakup album but it also proves Taylor Swift's talent in crafting songs that touch millions, regardless of personal circumstances all while breaking records, one album at a time.

BRB, we’re going to listen to it again.

Lead photo from @taylorswift