Friday, April 19, 2024

Stevie Nicks Features Prominently on Taylor Swift's Latest Album, 'The Tortured Poets Department

Fellow tortured poet, Stevie Nicks has written the introductory poem in the new Taylor Swift album.

All physical (LP and CD) copies of Taylor Swift's new album "The Tortured Poets Department" include Stevie's introductory poem.

Inscribed "For T — and me," the handwritten poem bears Nicks' graceful prose, foreshadowing what unfolds next. But there's more to the tale: Stevie's influence echoes through the album, notably in the track "Clara Bow." She embodies one of the "It" girls, evoked as: "'You look like Stevie Nicks / In '75 / The hair and lips / Crowd goes wild at her fingertips / Half moonshine / A full eclipse."

Their collaboration isn't new; they graced the stage together at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in 2010, and performed Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon" and Taylor's "You Belong With Me." 

In a Time magazine tribute that year, Nicks hailed Swift as a reflection of herself, offering glowing praise: "Taylor is writing for the universal woman and for the man who wants to know her. The female rock-'n'-roll-country-pop songwriter is back, and her name is Taylor Swift. And it's women like her who are going to save the music business."

Just last year, during a tour performance, Stevie shared how Swift's "You're on Your Own, Kid" from the "Midnights" album brought solace as she mourned her late Fleetwood Mac bandmate, Christine McVie. "Thank you to Taylor Swift for doing this thing for me, and that is writing a song called 'You're on Your Own, Kid,'" Nicks said at the time. "That is the sadness of how I feel."

The Tortured Poets Department is out now.

For T — and me

He was in love with her
Or at least she thought so
She was brokenhearted
~Maybe he was too~
Neither of them knew.
She was way too hot to handle
He was way too high to try —
He couldn't even see her
He wouldn't open his eyes
She was on her way to the stars
He didn't say goodbye

She looked back from her future
And shed a few tears
He looked into his past
And actually felt fear.
For both of them
The answers ~ would never be ~
Ever clear —
Don't ask questions now
Do that later —
She brings joy
He brings Shakespeare —
It's almost a tragedy —
Says she "don't endanger me —
[Pause] Don't endanger me"

He really can't answer her
He's afraid of her —
He's hiding from her
And he knows that he's hurting her
She tells the truth
She writes about it
She's an informer
He's an x-lover
There's nothing there for her
She's already gone
There's nothing that can stop her —

She was just flying —
Thru the clouds ~
When he saw her...
She was just making her way —
To the stars ~
When he lost her...

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