At the 2024 Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift stole the spotlight by revealing her upcoming album, “The Tortured Poets Department.” This announcement has sparked speculation among her fans, who believe the album might be inspired by her former boyfriend, Joe Alwyn.
This speculation arises from the fact that Alwyn has previously co-written songs for a pop star. Considering the creative nature of poets, thinkers, songwriters, and authors, it’s plausible that Swift’s album could draw inspiration from her past relationship with Alwyn.
In 2020, Taylor Swift unveiled her eighth studio album, Folklore, which included two tracks, “Exile” and “Betty,” co-written by a songwriter named William Bowery. It was later disclosed that William Bowery was, in fact, Joe Alwyn. According to a report from Showbiz CheatSheet, Swift confirmed Joe’s true identity as Bowery during the Disney+ documentary Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions. She remarked, “Joe plays piano beautifully, and he’s always just playing and making things up and kind of creating things. And ‘exile’ was crazy because Joe had written that entire piano part.”
Is Taylor Swift’s Next Album ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Inspired by Joe Alwyn? Here’s Why We Believe So!
In a subsequent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Joe discussed the backstory of his pseudonym, William Bowery. The article noted, “Alwyn is credited as a writer under the name William Bowery, a pseudonym he casually adopted.”
The article further explained, “William was chosen as a homage to his great-grandfather, William Alwyn, a music composer whom he never had the chance to meet. As for Bowery, it was inspired by the downtown New York area where he spent a significant amount of time upon his initial arrival in the U.S.”
From a creative standpoint, it suggests that Taylor Swift could be alluding to Joe as a poet due to his contribution to her album, hence the title “The Tortured Poets Department.” Additionally, there’s another aspect that strengthens this idea. In 2022, Joe Alwyn and Paul Mescal disclosed to Variety that they were members of an all-boys chat group named “The Tortured Man Club,” initiated by Andrew Scott. It doesn’t take much for individuals to connect the dots and draw a conclusion.
Finally, Taylor Swift will persist in conveying her emotions through her music, as her romantic experiences have consistently fueled her discography. Naturally, her separation from Joe Alwyn would also influence her songs.
During one of her concerts last year, Taylor Swift altered the lyrics of her song “Karma” from “Karma is the guy on the screen coming straight home to me” to “Karma is the guy on the Chiefs coming straight home to me.” This adjustment was a reference to her relationship with Travis Kelce, and it was met with enthusiasm from her fans, known as Swifties.
The release date for Taylor Swift’s album “The Tortured Poets Department” is scheduled for April 19, 2024.
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