The countdown is over and we no longer have to wait to press play on “The Tortured Poets Department“, Taylor Swift‘s new album, which not only arrived with two editions but also a wealth of songs with deep meanings.

Following the massive success of The Eras Tour and her latest studio album, “Midnight“, the singer is ready to move forward with the next stage of her life, one filled with poetry and resilience.

Undoubtedly, the new release will bring tears to Swifties but also leave them in awe, as some songs are dedicated 100% to certain people from her past, such as Joe Alwyn, Matt Healy and Kim Kardashian.

The Tourtured Poets Department | All the Songs

The Tortured Poets Department

  • Fortnight (featuring Post Malone)
  • The Tortured Poets Department
  • My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys
  • Down Bad
  • So Long, London
  • But Daddy I Love Him
  • Fresh Out the Slammer
  • Florida!!! (featuring Florence and the Machine)
  • Guilty as Sin?
  • Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me?
  • I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)
  • Loml
  • I Can Do It With a Broken Heart
  • The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived
  • The Alchemy
  • Clara Bow

The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology

  • The Black Dog
  • Imgonnagetyouback
  • The Albatross
  • Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus
  • How Did It End?
  • I Hate It Here
  • Thank You Aimee
  • I Look in People’s Windows
  • The Prophecy
  • Cassandra
  • Peter
  • The Bolter
  • Robin
  • The Manuscript

What is the meaning of Taylor Swift’s album No. 11 album?

As Taylor Swift confirmed, The Tortured Poets Department not only brings with it many poetic elements in her songs, but it represents a completely different era, where she references her relationships and everything that has happened in the last two years.

The singer writes from the perspective of poets who have been tortured and traumatized by life’s situations, like those who have suffered narcissistic abuse, expressing their pain in a completely different way from ordinary people: through poetry.

“All’s fair in love and poetry”, one of the descriptions of the tenth album, is connected with the famous quote “All’s fair in love and war”, which means that challenging any rule or law in the name of love and war is justified. With the new slogan, it implies that poetry becomes a powerful weapon.

Just 11 hours ago, when the new album was released worldwide, Taylor shared new promotional photos along with a brief description of what her new work means, dedicated to the fans. There she wrote:

“The Tortured Poets Department. An anthology of new works that reflect events, opinions and sentiments from a fleeting and fatalistic moment in time – one that was both sensational and sorrowful in equal measure. This period of the author’s life is now over, the chapter closed and boarded up.

There is nothing to avenge, no scores to settle once wounds have healed. And upon further reflection, a good number of them turned out to be self-inflicted. This writer is of the firm belief that our tears become holy in the form of ink on a page. Once we have spoken our saddest story, we can be free of it.

And then all that’s left behind is the tortured poetry”.

All meanings of TTPD songs lyrics

So Long, London

Joe Alwyn is the protagonist of multiple new songs on the album. However, one of the most significant is “So Long, London”. There, the singer appears to reference her six-year relationship with the actor.

“You swore that you loved me but where were the clues? I died on the altar waiting for the proof”, sings Taylor Swift on the track, then confessing, “You sacrificed us to the gods of your bluest days”.

“And I’m just getting color back into my face”, the lyrics say, before making a clearer reference to the time they spent together, stating, “I’m just mad as hell ’cause I loved this place for so long, London / Had a good run / Moment of warm sun / But I’m not the one”.

Fortnight and Fresh Out the Slammer

Setting aside the actor from Kinds of Kindness, the pop star has also spoken about her brief relationship with Matty Healy, with whom she shared only a few months before going separate ways.

“Fortnight” and “Fresh Out the Slammer” are two of them, as they address the romance that reignited during the spring of 2023, right after her breakup with Joe. Both musicians were first linked in 2014.

“Now pretty baby, I’m running back home to you“, she sings in Fresh Out the Slammer, before adding, “I know who my first call will be to”. Although Swift gives us a new perspective on her past, she has confirmed that both relationships are behind her.

However, Fortnight speaks about a romance that only lasted for 15 days… Similar to what happened with the lead singer of The 1975. “And I love you, it’s ruining my life“, the lyrics said, “I touched you, for only a fortnight“.

Thank You Aimee

If there’s something Swifties didn’t see coming, it was the reference to Kim Kardashian, with whom she has a long-standing feud, especially since Kanye West ruined her moment on stage at the 2009 MTV VMAs.

This time it’s about “thanK you aIMee”, one of the tracks released alongside the extended version of the album, “The Anthology”. Fans have claimed that the song is dedicated 100% to the businesswoman and model.

Attention was drawn to the intentional capitalization of certain letters in the title, as upon closer examination, the name KIM appears, with those letters being the only ones in uppercase, creating a direct connection.

The main theme of the song is resilience, and Swift filled it with allegories to school bullying, portraying Aimee as a person who intimidated and aggressed against the protagonist.

“And I can’t forgive the way you made me feel. Screamed: F*ck you, Aimee, to the night sky, as the blood was gushing”, refers to a fragment. Additionally, the singer also mentions that “And it wasn’t a fair fight, or a clean kill”.