The theory that links Taylor Swift to ‘The Little Mermaid’ through the song ‘But Daddy I Love Him’

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Taylor Swift has announced new album, The Tortured Poets Department, with all that that means: theories, theories and more theories about lyrics. And if we like something about Taylor’s songs, it is her narrative. Because the star has been telling us her thoughts and desires since she was a teenager.

If the title of the album has already caused people to talk (some fans of the star think that it is a reference to the WhatsApp group that Joe Alwyn had with the actor Paul Mescal and that was called The Tourtured Man Club), now the time has come to make all kinds of theories about the names of their songs. Because, unfortunately, you still have to be a little patient until the American releases her new album. And until April 19 we will not be able to hear the result.

One of the titles that has caught the most attention of fans has been But Daddy I Love Him. And, around this name, several theories have already been created. The first is that it goes for a t-shirt that Harry Styles wore a few years ago and that went quite viral.

The other theory, which seems to be gaining ground, is that Taylor Swift wants to reference one of the films that marked her childhood. Specifically, Disney’s The Little Mermaid. In fact, a few years ago, the artist dressed as this princess at a costume party.

The Little Mermaid and Taylor Swift

In fact, the title of the song refers to one of the dialogues Ariel utters when her father, King Triton, enters her lair and sees the statue of Prince Eric. “But Daddy I Love Him,” says the mermaid before her father completely destroys the statue of the young man.


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And what is the fandom saying? Well, taking into account that it is rumored that her new album will tell about her breakup with Joe Alwyn, some believe that the song will tell about all the sacrifices that the singer had to go through to be with the British actor. “Like Ariel, she had to give up her voice, fame and music for Joe,” say several of the messages that can be read on social networks. Another fact that would reinforce this theory is that Taylor, like the Disney Little Mermaid movie, was born in 1989. And there is nothing this woman likes more than numerology.

We’ll have to wait to find out if the song is really about The Little Mermaid or Joe Alwyn, but we’re deep into all these theories!


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