Taylor Swift Releases ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Tracklist and Swifties Theorize

Before Monday night, sentences like “My boy only breaks his favorite toys” and “Smallest man ever” were just that: sentences. Now they seem to be the keys to understanding Taylor Swift’s speech. to break up with actor Joe Alwyn. That is, Swift released the tracklist for her upcoming album The Department of Tortured Poetsand Swifties immediately started looking for clues.

The pop star posted the back of the physical album on Instagram. It shows Swift in black and white with her hand on her head in anguish, but more importantly, the tracklist is written in small gray font, oriented vertically. It’s so hard to see that it’s already a headache for his devoted fan base.

The tracklist is divided into four sides and reads:

In front of
Fortnight (feat. Post Malone)
The Department of Tortured Poets
My boy only breaks his favorite toys
Down bad

Side B
Goodbye, London
But dad, I love him
Fresh out of Slammer
Florida!!! (Florence + the Machine)

Side C
Guilty as sin?
Who’s afraid of little old me?
I can fix it (not really I can)

D side
I can do it with a broken heart
The smallest man who ever lived
Clara Arc
Bonus track: The manuscript

All 17 titles X/Twitter ablaze with fan theories, with some tracks generating more discourse than others. “So Long, London” stood out to fans as the anti “London Boy,” a tongue-in-cheek song about Lover associated with Alwyn. This is the coveted track 5 on the album, which in Swiftland is traditionally the most devastating song on the album.

Some even speculated that the two will be paired as surprise songs in his London to show.

Others have noted the similarity between the image on the back of Lover And The Department of Tortured Poets. In response to this observation, a Swiftie wrote“I just heard a cannon go off like in the Hunger Games and Joe Alywn’s picture should be in the sky soon.”

Fans immediately began discussing “But Dad, I Love Him”, assuming it was a reference to The little Mermaid. A fan wrote“but daddy I love it, being an exact reference to the little mermaid because Ariel gave up her voice to be with the love of her life…..” Dozens of posts echo the same theory.

Another track that caught the attention of Swifties was “Clara Bow.” Fans put on their historian hats and began reading about the life of the silent film star of the same name. They pointed out that, like Swift, she went through a period of isolation, followed by marriage rumors, and was subjected to scrutiny and endless gossip about her personal life (which Swift’s fans partake in).

At least a fan is so invested in understanding the title that she began reading Bow’s biography in preparation.

“Fresh Out the Slammer” is another song that generates endless discourse online. Fans believe this is a reference to her time away from the spotlight – which once again coincides with her relationship with Alwyn – and a callback to the lyric “he can be my jailer” in “…Ready for this?” on Reputation.

The Swifties are having a field day comparing the title with her Time Person of the Year interview where she said: “Life is short. Have adventures. Me, I lock myself away in my house for many years – I will never get that time back.”

Before April 19, Swifties have plenty of time to go through the entire tracklist with a fine-tooth comb.

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