Stevie Nicks pens poem for Taylor Swift's new album, The Tortured Poets Department

Publish Date
Monday, 22 April 2024, 5:08PM
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Legendary songwriter - and fellow tortured poet - Stevie Nicks has written the prologue to Taylor's new album, The Tortured Poets Department.

For the first time, someone other than Taylor has written the prologue to a Taylor Swift album.

Addressed "For T — and me," the handwritten poem is like Taylor's previous prologues, with Stevie's words setting the scene for what the album will provide.

It reads:

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...

This isn't the only appearance Stevie has on Taylor's album, her name is mentioned in track 16, Clara Bow.

"'You look like Stevie Nicks / In '75 / The hair and lips / Crowd goes wild at her fingertips / Half moonshine / A full eclipse."

Taylor and Stevie have a long history of supporting each other, performing together at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in 2010, singing Fleetwood Mac's classic Rhiannon and Taylor's You Belong With Me.

In a Time magazine dedication that same year, Stevie wrote that Taylor reminded her of herself, "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."

Last year, Stevie shared during a performance for her tour that Taylor's Midnights track You're on Your Own, Kid provided her comfort as she grieved 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," she said at the time. "That is the sadness of how I feel."

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