Column: It's a bit much for Taylor to get THAT angry about end of two-week 'relationship'

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Taylor Swift managed the impossible. She made people excited for an album again. She released The Tortured Poets Department and that caused such impact it was mentioned in radio and TV news bulletins, says comedian and writer Steve N Allen.

Years ago we’d go to record shops each week to see what was released but the new ways to consume music means its presence is just assumed.

I thought I should listen to it all so I know what I’m talking about as I do my afternoon radio show on Time 105.7fm, which I’m sure you listen to online. The whole album is over 30 tracks, running at more than two hours long. Here’s what I learned.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Taylor has had a lot of break-ups. Most of the songs seem to be about the end of relationships and, from listening to the lyrics, all of the break-ups were the guys’ fault.

Guest columnist Steve N Allen is a writer and comedian.Guest columnist Steve N Allen is a writer and comedian.
Guest columnist Steve N Allen is a writer and comedian.

That’s quite impressive. It also feels statistically unlikely, but I’ll take her word for it.

Her main complaints seem to be that the men she dated told her that they’d settle down and start a family when they first met. Then, as the relationship fizzled out and the couple separated, Taylor seems upset that those early promises weren’t kept.

We used to call that changing your mind and it used to be something you were allowed to do. Plus, every relationship starts full of optimism. No-one goes into a new relationship thinking, “Well, this should fill a year or two.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

There’s one song where she sings about not wanting to get out of bed in the morning after a break-up. But she’s Taylor Swift. It must be great being her. Imagine how hard it is to start the day for the rest of us.

The opening track is about a two-week relationship she had. I don’t think you can really call that a relationship, it’s only just about a fling. It’s a long tryst. I’ve had longer relationships with pimples.

We learn that the end of this fortnight fling was so upsetting for her that she now wants to kill the man and his wife.

Could we possibly stop normalising this? Going crazy at the end of a two week hook-up isn’t OK. Feeling upset shouldn’t lead to murderous thoughts and it shouldn’t be a cool thing to confess.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

That aside, it was still an excellent album as Taylor Swift is an amazing artist. I hope she brings out another recording breaking album again soon.

Let’s hope she has lots of break- ups between now and then to make sure it’s a good one.

A message from the Editor:

Thank you for reading this story on our website. While I have your attention, I also have an important request to make of you.

In order for us to continue to provide high quality and trusted local news on this free-to-read site, I am asking you to also please purchase a copy of our newspaper.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

Our journalists are highly trained and our content is independently regulated by IPSO to some of the most rigorous standards in the world. But being your eyes and ears comes at a price. So we need your support more than ever to buy our newspapers.

Related topics:

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.