Every Place Taylor Swift References in “Tortured Poets Department”, from the Black Dog to the Heath

Here's a dissection of the specific places Taylor Swift mentions in "The Tortured Poets Department" song lyrics, including The Chelsea Hotel

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Getty; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic; Getty

Taylor Swift has processed her emotions around the world.

The pop superstar released The Tortured Poets Department on April 19, her eagerly anticipated album she described as an "anthology of new works" that reflect a "fleeting and fatalistic" period in her life that has ended.

After dropping the expected body of work at midnight, Swift surprised fans two hours later by announcing that TTPD is a secret double album. The second installment consists of 15 additional songs.

Within each of Swift's 31 tracks — with a total run time over two hours — are intricately detailed stories from past relationships laced with longing and heartache.

While the singer-songwriter explicitly mentions many of the locations in which she sorted through her feelings throughout those moments, she leaves it up to listeners to decode who the past lover is that she's referencing — in classic Swift fashion.

Fans have already connected songs to her ex Joe Alwyn and The 1975 frontman Matty Healy, as well as her current boyfriend Travis Kelce. Swift also name-drops celebrities like Charlie Puth, Stevie Nicks, and Jack Antonoff — in addition to singing about fellow "tortured poets."

Read on for all the real places Taylor Swift mentions in The Tortured Poets Department, including where she's experienced highs and lows, love and heartache.

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<p>Getty</p> Destin, Florida


Destin, Florida

Swift announced that “Fortnight,” featuring Post Malone, is the first single off The Tortured Poets Department. The state of Florida is mentioned in the lyrics.

"Going to Florida by the car you won / But it won’t start up till you touch, touch, touch me," writes Swift.

When speaking with iHeartRadio, Swift said "Fortnight” is a song that "exhibits a lot of the common themes that run throughout this album, one of which being fatalism, longing, pining away, lost dreams." She said that she "always imagined" the song being set in an "American town where the American Dream you thought would happen to you didn't."

Florida is seemingly a recurring place of escape for the singer, at least metaphorically within TTPD album. In fact, the eighth song on the track is simply titled "Florida!!!" (featuring Florence + The Machines).

"'Florida!!!' is a song I wrote with Florence + The Machine, and I think I was coming up with this idea of like, what happens when your life doesn’t fit, or your choices you’ve made catch up to you," Swift told iHeartRadio of creating the track.

The singer highlighted how at times in life "you’re surrounded by these harsh consequences and judgment, and circumstances did not lead you to where you thought you’d be and you just want to escape from everything you’ve ever known," leading one to question "is there a place you could go?"

Swift also explained she is "always watching" Dateline and noticed how "people have these crimes that they commit, where do they immediately skip town and go to? They go to Florida."

The Chelsea Hotel

<p>Getty</p> Chelsea Hotel.


Chelsea Hotel.

The album's title track, "The Tortured Poets Department," mentions The Chelsea Hotel in its lyrics.

"I laughed in your face and said / 'You're not Dylan Thomas, I'm not Patti Smith' / This ain't the Chelsea Hotel, we're modern idiots," writes Swift.

The Chelsea Hotel is a famed landmark in New York City. The 12-story Manhattan hotel, which was built in the late 19th century, famously housed writers, painters, authors and socialites. Thomas and Smith, both renowned writers in their own right, lived in the hotel.

It reopened in 2022 after a 12-year-long renovation and was just named one of the 21 best hotels in New York by Travel + Leisure.

Related: All the Easter Eggs in Taylor Swift’s ‘Fortnight’ Music Video, So Far

The gym

Swift admits in "Down Bad" that she lets her emotions out in the gym. (She previously detailed her tour prep to Time, sharing she trained at Dogpound).

"Now I’m down bad, crying at the gym / Everything comes out teenage petulance / F—k it if I cant have him," she writes on the album's fourth track.

The Heath in London

<p>Getty</p> Hampstead Heath in London


Hampstead Heath in London

"So Long, London" is one of the most heart-wrenching tracks on TTPD. The song's lyrics detail Swift's attempt at saving a failing relationship and the loneliness she dealt with during that time.

"I stopped trying to make him laugh/ Stopped trying to drill the safe," she sings. (In her Time cover interview, Swift opened up about moving to a "foreign country" — likely the U.K., where she often spent time with Alwyn — amid her public feud with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.)

Later in the "So Long, London" lyrics, Swift makes a reference to "the house in the Heath" she left behind. A heath is technically an uncultivated ground where grass and small plants grow, but Hampstead Heath is also a notable London park and the adjacent neighborhood of Hampstead is home to many celebrities.

This isn't the first time Swift has made mention of the location in one of her songs. On "London Boy" off 2019's Lover, she sings "Like a Tennessee Stella McCartney on the Heath."

Related: Joe Alwyn Wanted to Keep His Relationship with Taylor Swift 'Personal' During 6-Year Romance: Source (Exclusive)

The Black Dog

<p>The Black Dog </p> The Black Dog bar

The Black Dog

The Black Dog bar

The Black Dog is a real bar in London, and also the title of a TTPD bonus track. The lyrics tell the story of a person she watches enter the bar, a move that seemingly betrays her.

"I am someone who until recent events / You shared your secrets with / And your location, you forgot to turn it off," she writes in verse one. "And so I watch as you walk / Into some bar called The Black Dog / And pierce new holes in my heart," she continues.

Swift reiterates that this person "forgot to turn it off," likely in reference to their location tracking on their phone. In the chorus, she goes on to say, "I just don't understand how you don't miss me / In The Black Dog, when someone plays 'The Starting Line.'

"The Starting Line" is mentioned a few times within the album, possibly in reference to the band often covered by The 1975. Within the song, Swift writes about this person meeting a girl at the bar, but she's too young to know the pop-punk band from the early 2000s.

Central Park

<p>Getty</p> Central Park, NYC


Central Park, NYC

Swift mentions the lake in New York's Central Park when singing "The Bolter," the last song on the album. She sings, "When it's all roses, portrait poses / Central Park Lake in tiny rowboats / What a charming Saturday."

The singer previously teased to the crowd during her Melbourne tour stop on The Eras Tour earlier this year. Swift told the crowd her latest work was something that she "needed" to make.

"It was really a lifeline for me — just the things that I was going through, the things that I was writing about ... it kind of reminded me why songwriting actually gets me through my life," she said. "I've never had an album that I needed songwriting more than I needed it on Tortured Poets."

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