Lyrics to 'The Black Dog' From Taylor Swift's New Album 'The Tortured Poets Department'

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The lyrics to "The Black Dog" from Taylor Swift's new album Tortured Poets Department leaked ahead its release.

"The Black Dog" isn't a canine, but a bar where she and (likely) Alwyn would frequent together. The song is about him accidentally forgetting to turn off his location sharing with her and re-entering the dive where they made so many memories together. She also name-drops the band The Starting Line in the track, and we advise you to listen to them—they're stellar.

Read "The Black Dog" lyrics below.

Taylor Swift 'The Black Dog' Lyrics

I am someone who until recent events you shared your secrets with
And your location
You forgot to turn it off
And so I watch as you walk into some bar called The Black Dog and pierce new holes in my heart
You forgot to turn it off
And it hits me, I just don’t understand

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How you don’t miss me in The Black Dog when someone plays The Starting Line
And you jump up, "But she’s too young to know this song!"
That was intertwined in the magic fabric of our dreaming
Old habits die screaming

I move through the world with a heart broken
My longings stay unspoken and I may never open up the way I did for you
And all of those best laid plans, you said I needed a brave man
Then proceeded to play him until I believed it too
And it kills me, I just don’t understand

How you don’t miss me in the shower?
And remember how my rain soaked body was shaking, do you hate me?
Was it hazing for a cruel fraternity I pledged?
And I still mean it, old habits die screaming

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Six weeks of breathing clean air, I still miss the smoke
Were you making fun of me with some esoteric joke?
Now I wanna sell my house and set fire to all my clothes
And hire a priest to come and exorcise my demons
Even if I die screaming
And I hope you hear it

And I hope it’s s—ty in The Black Dog when someone plays The Starting Line
And you jump up, "But she’s too young to know this song!"
That was intertwined in the tragic fabric of our dreaming'
Cause tail between your legs you’re leaving

I still can’t believe it'
Cause old habits die screaming

What is The Tortured Poets Department tracklist?

Divided into four sides (for the vinyl release), The Tortured Poets Department track list has 16 songs total. Physical releases will also include a bonus track called "The Manuscript."

Side A
1. "Fortnight" (feat. Post Malone)
2. "The Tortured Poets Department"
3. "My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys"
4. "Down Bad"

Side B
5. "So Long, London"
6. "But Daddy I Love Him"
7. "Fresh Out the Slammer"
8. "Florida!!!" (feat. Florence and the Machine)

Side C
9. "Guilty as Sin?"
10. "Who's Afraid of Little Old Me?"
11. "I Can Fix Him (No Really I Can)"
12. "loml"

Side D
13. "I Can Do It With a Broken Heart"
14. "The Smallest Man Who Ever Lived"
15. "The Alchemy"
16. "Clara Bow"
17. Bonus Track (depending on version): "The Manuscript," "The Bolter," "The Albatross" or "The Black Dog"

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