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The Tortured Poets Department: First Thoughts

Happy New TS Album Release Day!!!!!


I have a long standing tradition with myself where any time a new Taylor Swift album is released, I pour over the lyrics as I listen to the songs for the first (and second, and third) time, writing down my favourites. I thought it would be fun to share them with you this time around : )


While I don't go into the lyrics in as much depth as some, I do love reading the connections others can make linking this song to that one.


Taylor is a wordsmith, and that is my favourite thing about her. She isn't afraid to be vulnerable, speaks her mind, and some of her one-liners are pure shimmering gold.


The album only came out today, so some songs that don't make this first list might be a top contender down the road. I would love to hear if you have a favourite that I didn't include here! ALSO it was only announced this morning that this is a surprise double album, so instead of 16 songs, we were blessed with 31. What!!!



Favourite Songs For Me (so far) in extended album order:


  • Fortnight (Ft. Post Malone)

  • Down Bad

  • Florida!!! (Ft. Florence + the Machine)

  • Guilty as Sin?

  • loml

  • The Alchemy

  • imgonnagetyouback

  • So High School

  • Peter

  • The Bolter


Quotes for your msn name if you're in the thick of a bad breakup:


  • 'cause fuck it, I was in love (Down Bad)


  • he said he'd love me for all time but that time was quite short (I Can Do It With A Broken Heart)

  • Told my friends I hate you, but I love you just the same (imgonnagetyouback)

  • But when I count the scars, there's a moment of truth that there wouldn't be this, if there hadn't been you (thanK you aIMee)

  • and the shelf life of those fantasies has expired (Peter)

  • You can be sure That as she was leaving It felt like freedom (The Bolter)

Quotes that made me smile:


  • I'd rather burn my whole life down Than listen to one more second of all this bitchin' and moanin' (But Daddy, I Love Him)


  • Who's afraid of little old me? (Who's Afraid Of Little Old Me?)


  • And my friends all smell like weed or little babies (Florida!!!)


  • Whether I'm gonna be your wife, or Gonna smash up your bike, I haven't decided yet But I'm gonna get you back (imgonnagetyouback)


  • Excellent fun 'til you get to know her (The Bolter)



Classic Taylor Quotes:


  • Is it a wonder I broke? Let's hear one more joke Then we could all just laugh until I cry (Who's Afraid Of Little Old Me)


  • If you want to tear my world apart Just say you've always wondered (Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus)

  • We'll tell no-one Except all of our friends (How Did It End?)

  • Are you gonna marry, kiss, or kill me? (So High School)



Some little notes:


I love the play on words in "loml". The song seems to reference "love of my life", but only ever says "You said I'm the love of your life" and then at the end it changes the meaning completely with "You're the loss of my life" BAM! So good!!!


"Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?" I can't hear this song without picturing Alice in Wonderland when she is tiny and in a rage.


"I Can Do It With A Broken Heart" instantly reminded me of when she teared up singing False God on the Eras Tour (I talk like I was there, but the only tickets I've been able to get are front row on TikTok).


So now I want to know- what are your favourite lyrics and songs off of this album?!


Let the deep dive Easter Egg searching and theory building begin!




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