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Taylor Swift Has People Really Confused About Her "I Hate It Here" Lyrics And Wanting To Live In The 1830s

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Taylor Swift's new album is a hit, but there's one lyric on there that has a lot of people confused...and, no, it's not about an ex.

Elegant individual in white off-shoulder dress and layered necklaces on event backdrop

On Friday, Taylor dropped her eleventh studio album, The Tortured Poets Department and it's already made headlines for a number of reasons. From an alleged diss track about Kim Kardashian...

Two women smiling, one in a sequined two-piece outfit and the other in a laced-front jumpsuit, at an event

...to addressing her controversial relationship with The 1975's frontman, Matty Healy, the singer didn't hold back.

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But there's one song that's been getting a lot of attention for a different reason. In "I Hate it Here," Taylor sings of discontent — not feeling at home in this era or even amongst friends.

Taylor Swift in a sequined dress performing with a microphone

As the song plays on, Taylor said she's thought about living in a different generation. Her generation of choice? The 1830s. Seemingly knowing that many would find this time period to be an odd choice — cough, cough, slavery — Taylor added, "I'd say the 1830s, but without all the racists."

Conversation expressing a wish to live in the 1830s, without the racism

Following that lyric, Taylor also describes women at the time being married to the "highest" bidder:

Lyrics discussing marriage, societal expectations, nostalgia, and personal sentiment

Another strange reason for choosing that particular point in time. Not only were Black people (again, SLAVERY) and other racial minorities treated as less than human during this generation, but women also didn't have equal rights, the LGBTQ+ community was still fighting for theirs.

Now, if she was referring to the fashion in the 1830s, people might've understood where Taylor was coming from, but, instead, people on the internet let her know these lyrics aren't it:

y’all..😭 there are so many wrong things about this pic.twitter.com/NW8hPDlDNP

— 𖤐 𝗖𝗛𝗥𝗜𝗦 𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗗𝗘 𖤐 (@ghostijn) April 19, 2024
Genius / Republic Records / Twitter: @ghostijn

Taylor Swift in 1830 without all the racists pic.twitter.com/BlRY0kp742

— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) April 19, 2024
NBC / Twitter: @DavidDTSS

Taylor Swift came out with an album that said the perfect era for her would be 1830 - SLAVERY ERA???? Said she happily ran from Joe’s unproblematic arms into the arms of MATTY HEALY. Said he broke up with HER and it had nothing to do with his racist comments BRO WHAT pic.twitter.com/luzXgQTLqR

— boo 🫧 (@xvgvault) April 19, 2024
Renny / instagram.com / Twitter: @xvgvault

Taylor Swift said if she could go back in time she'd want to live in the 1830's (but without all the racists)

Girl, then it wouldn't be the 1830s lmaoooo

— Obviously, you are fired. (@eleven8) April 19, 2024
Twitter: @eleven8

Twitter: @arianaunext

Others noted that Taylor was referencing how nostalgia can trick you into believing that the past was great, even if it wasn't:

Twitter: @err_aticAF

when taylor swift said "nostalgia is a mind's trick, if i'd been there, i'd hate it" i finally felt understood for once.

— ale (@Provmise) April 19, 2024
Twitter: @Provmise

taylor swift: the old world was misogynistic and racist, but people are blinded by aesthetics and nostalgia. in reality i would’ve hated being there

twitter users: she’s racist

— who’s afraid of little old elin? 🍉 (@tsignelin) April 19, 2024
Twitter: @tsignelin

But that's the interesting thing about art, it can be interpreted in a million ways and mean a million different things to other people.

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