Taylor Swift Releases Live Versions of 3 ‘Tortured Poets Department’ Songs For Limited Time

The 14-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift recently released live versions of three songs from her ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ (TTPD) album. These tracks were surprise performances during her sold-out Eras Tour shows in Paris earlier this month.

Swift, has made three (Live From Paris) Acoustic Collection bundles available, each featuring one of the surprise songs: ‘loml’ from the show, ‘My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys’ from the 10th May show, and ‘The Alchemy’ (mashed up with ‘Treacherous’) from the 12th May show.

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During her Paris performances, Swift introduced the concept of ‘Female Rage: The Musical’’ to describe the section of her setlist featuring seven songs from her new TTPD album. The three surprise tracks were performed acoustically during the surprise songs segment, where Swift plays two unique songs for mashups each night using either a piano or guitar.

‘The Alchemy’ stands out with its football references, a playful nod to her relationship with NFL star Travis Kelce, with lyrics like “So when I touch down, call the amateurs and cut ’em from the team.” Kelce attended the final Paris show, where he heard the live version of ‘The Alchemy’ and another song, ‘So High School,’ rumoured to be about him.

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Kelce recently shared his favourite song from Swift’s ‘TTPD album’, expressing a particular fondness for ‘So High School’ following the Paris concerts, Swift’s TAS Rights Management company applied to trademark ‘Female Rage: The Musical’ with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 

The Eras Tour is set to continue throughout Europe over the summer, concluding in London. Swift will then return to North America for shows in Toronto and Vancouver, followed by additional performances in the U.S.

-Sushmita Sarkar