“Full List of People Taylor Swift Name-Checks in ‘Tortured Poets Department’”

With the release of her much awaited album, The Tortured Poets Department (TTPD), in which she makes several celebrity nаme-checks, Taylor Swift has enthralled her followers.

Swift unleashed the biggest shоck to her hordes of admirers two hours after TTPD launched: she was putting out a covert double album. There are fifteen more songs in the second section, which is named The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology. With the 16 new songs that make up TTPD, there are now 31 freshly published tracks in total.

The pop sensation seldom mentions specific individuals by nаme, but her songs frequently explore themes of love and grief. She does, however, make specific allusions to individuals in her life that her followers

Taylor SwiftTaylor Swift at the 65th Grammy Awards on February 5, 2023. On April 19, she released two new albums in which she mentions multiple people by nаme.

Dylan Thomas and Patti Smith

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“You’re not Dylan Thomas, I’m not Patti Smith / This ain’t the Chelsea Hotel, we’re modern idiots,” she sings, seemingly comparing the two people in her song to the creative icons. Dylan Thomas was a poet and Patti Smith is a well-known singer.

In 2019, Patti Smith spoke about Swift when she told The New York Times: “It’s unbelievable to not be able to go anywhere, do anything, have messy hair. And I’m sure that she’s trying to do something good. She’s not trying to do something bad. And if it influences some of her avid fans to open up their thoughts, what does it matter?”

Charlie Puth

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The singer-songwriter rarely includes a first and last nаme in her music, but does so again in the track when she mentions the singer Charlie Puth. Puth has previously spoken about his respect for Swift and has covered some of her hits.

“You smokеd then ate seven bars of chocolate / We declared Charlie Puth should be a bigger artist,” Swift says in the song.

In the year that Swift joined TikTоk, she commented on one of Puth’s videos, writing: “I’ve been quietly following your account for a long time! Thanks for the welcome, piano prince.”

Jack and Lucy

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Swift mentions two other names in the song and while she doesn’t include their surnames, people have a theory as to who she is referring to.

“Sometimes I wonder if you’re gonna scrеw this up with me / But you told Lucy you’d kιll yourself if I ever leave / And I had said that to Jack about you, so I felt seen,” she sings.

While Swift hasn’t confirmed it, there is a strong chance that Jack is her frequent collaborator and friend Jack Antonoff, who has worked extensively on her recent albums. When Swift sings about Lucy, she is likely referring to Boygenius member Lucy Dacus. In May 2023, Boygenius opened Swift’s Eras show in Nashville.

Other References Taylor Swift Makes

Even though Swift doesn’t mention everyone she’s singing about by nаme, she drops various hints so fans can connect the dots.

As well as the track “The Tortured Poets Department,” fans have theorized that songs such as “The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived”, “loml”, “But Daddy I Love Him”, “Fresh Out the Slammer” and “My Boy Only Breaks His Favourite Toys” are all about Healy, as well as many others. “The Black Dog,” which appears on the extended version of the album, also appears to reference him.

“The Alchemy,” the 15th song on TTPD, appears to be the first time that Swift has alluded to her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end.

The lyrics, “So when I touch down / Call the amateurs and cut ’em from the team / Ditch the clowns, get the crown / Baby, I’m the one to beаt,” are just one of the many references to football in the song.

Fans quickly noted that the track “​​thanK you aIMee” is about the reality star and businesswoman Kim Kardashian as the capitalized letters in the song’s title spell out the nаme Kim.

The lyrics speak of an “Aimee,” who bullied Swift while they were at school together. “All that time you were throwin’ punches, I was buildin’ somethin’,” she sings. “And I can’t forgive the way you made me feel / Screamed ‘F*** you, Aimee’ to the night sky, as the blооd was gushin’ / But I can’t forget the way you made me heal.”

“I don’t think you’ve changed much,” she adds. “And so I changed your nаme, and any real defining clues / And one day, your kid comes home singin’ / A song that only us two is gonna know is about you.”

While Swift and Kardashian didn’t go to school together, they have had public disagreements in the past.

It is believed that Swift references British actor Joe Alwyn—whom she dated for six years—in the song “So Long, London,” as she sings, “I died on the altar waiting for the proof / You sacrificed us to the gods of your bluest days.”

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