Stevie Nicks Penned A Poem For Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets Department'

By Katrina Nattress

April 19, 2024

The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show
Photo: Getty Images North America

Fans who purchased a physical copy of Taylor Swift's The Tortured Poets Department will find a nice surprise in the liner notes: a poem penned by Stevie Nicks. The prose acts as the album's prologue.

It's fitting that the album would begin with a poem from the Fleetwood Mac singer because the initial release ends with a song that references her (the pop star later released an extended version). In "Clara Bow" Swift sings: “You look like Stevie Nicks in ’75, the hair and lips/ The crowd goes wild at her fingertips/ Half moonshinе, a full eclipse.”

Nicks wrote the poem on August 13, 2023 in Austin, Texas. It's titled For T and Me. Read the full poem below:

He was in love with her

Or at least she thought so

She was brokenhearted

~Maybe he was too~

Neither of them knew.

She was way too hot to handle

He was way too high to try —

He couldn't even see her

He wouldn't open his eyes

She was on her way to the stars

He didn't say goodbye

She looked back from her future

And shed a few tears

He looked into his past

And actually felt fear.

For both of them

The answers ~ would never be ~

Ever clear —

Don't ask questions now

Do that later —

She brings joy

He brings Shakespeare —

It's almost a tragedy —

Says she "don't endanger me —

[Pause] Don't endanger me"

He really can't answer her

He's afraid of her —

He's hiding from her

And he knows that he's hurting her

She tells the truth

She writes about it

She's an informer

He's an x-lover

There's nothing there for her

She's already gone

There's nothing that can stop her —

She was just flying —

Thru the clouds ~

When he saw her...

She was just making her way —

To the stars ~

When he lost her...

Stevie NicksTaylor Swift
Advertise With Us
Music, radio and podcasts, all free. Listen online or download the iHeart App.


© 2024 iHeartMedia, Inc.