What Is Taylor Swift's But Daddy I Love Him From TTPD About? Lyrics Explored

Explore Taylor Swift's emotional journey and the themes of love and heartbreak, in her latest album The Tortured Poets Department, as she bashed her past relationship with Matty Healy through poignant lyrics.

Published on Apr 19, 2024  |  08:23 PM IST |  104.2K
Taylor Swift Opened Up About Her Past Fling With Matty Healy in TTPD
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Taylor Swift's musical journey has always been a captivating tale of love, heartbreak, and self-discovery, driven by her personal experience, woven intricately into her song lyrics. With the release of her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, Swift once again delves into the depths of her emotions, exploring themes of love, loss, and resilience. 

Among the many tracks on the album, one that has garnered significant attention is But Daddy I Love Him, which appears to offer a glimpse into Swift's rumored past relationship with The 1975 frontman, Matty Healy, as the global pop star bashed him through her lyrics.

Everything you need to know about Taylor Swift’s latest album, The Tortured Poets Department

Taylor Swift's 11th studio album, The Tortured Poets Department, is a sprawling masterpiece that showcases the singer's evolution as an artist. With 31 musing pop tracks, the album serves as a cathartic journey through Swift's experiences of heartbreak and introspection, calling out her past lovers. From the soulful melodies of Cassandra, Peter, and Robin to the biting honesty of So High School, each song on the album offers a unique perspective on love and its complexities.


The Anthropology, the album’s double edition, adds an extra layer of depth to Swift's storytelling, with 15 additional tracks that further explore the themes introduced in the initial release.  In its track, Chloe or Sam or Sophia or Marcus, Swift is seen lamenting over her relationship with Matty Healy, as in the song she regretted her failure to save someone who always “needed drugs” and was constantly away from her. 


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Taylor Swift bashed Matty Healy in her song, But Daddy I Love Him

Among the standout tracks on The Tortured Poets Department is But Daddy I Love Him, a song that appears to address Swift's tumultuous relationship with Matty Healy. In the song, Swift grapples with the complexities of love and public scrutiny, offering a candid glimpse into her emotional journey. The singer admits through her song that her choice might be “crazy,” but she is still happy to follow her love irrespective of its negative consequences.

The lyrics of But Daddy I Love Him are laden with raw emotion and vulnerability, as Swift navigates the aftermath of a failed romance. Lines such as "Sarahs and Hannahs in their Sunday best / Clutching their pearls, sighing ‘What a mess’. I just learned these people try and save you ‘cause they hate you" paint a vivid picture of the judgment and scrutiny Swift has faced throughout her career.

Swift's defiance against societal expectations is palpable as she sings, "I’d rather burn my whole life down than listen to one more second of all this bitching and moaning." “I’ll tell you something about my good name / It’s mine alone to disgrace / I don’t cater to all these vipers dressed in empath’s clothing,” Swift sings. Then she further called out the judgmental people around her who can’t stop talking about her. She sings, “God save the most judgmental creeps / Who say they want what’s best for me / Sanctimoniously performing soliloquies I’ll never see / Thinking it can change the beat of my heart when he touches me / And counteract the chemistry.”

The pop star then made it clear that the people don’t have to pray or give suggestions to her regarding her relationship as it is “just my (Swift’s)  choice” and she doesn’t mind being in a relationship with “wild boy.” “Scandal does funny things to pride / But brings lovers closer. All the wine moms are still holding out but f*** them it’s over,” Swift sings. 

Another noteworthy track on The Tortured Poets Department is Who’s Afraid of Little Old Me? Here, Swift confronts her critics head-on, challenging the narratives that have been constructed around her persona. “I was tame, I was gentle ‘til the circus life made me mean / Don’t you worry folks, we took out all her teeth,” she sings. “Who’s afraid of little old me? Well, you should be.”


Calling out her haters, Swift drew the line pretty clear that her current persona is well-modified to deal with her critics at present. She goes ahead and sings, “You lured me and you hurt me / And you taught me, you caged me / And then you called me crazy. I am what I am ‘cause you trained me.”

Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department is a testament to the singer's artistic prowess and emotional depth. Through her music, Swift invites listeners into her world, offering a candid glimpse into her experiences of love, loss, and self-discovery. The Tortured Poets Department was released on April 19, 2024, and is now available for sale. 

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Did Taylor Swift date Matty Healy?
Taylor Swift and Matty Healy officially dated after meeting in 2014, attending Swift's Eras Tour together in May 2023, and later being seen holding hands in New York City. However, their relationship only lasted a month.

How long was Taylor Swift with Matty Healy?
Taylor Swift's relationship with Matty Healy lasted only a month.

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