Taylor Swift’s ode to Travis Kelce on new album! Fans go wild over lyrics about ‘touchdowns’ and ‘Chiefs chanting’ on track The Alchemy from The Tortured Poets Department: ‘Trying to be the greatest in the league’

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  • Taylor Swift’s new record, The Tortured Poets Department, is out on Friday
  • Fans claim to have heard a leaked version that has a song about Travis Kelce
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Taylor Swift has dropped her new album and the penultimate song appears to contain multiple references to football and her boyfriend, Travis Kelce.

‘The Alchemy’, the 15th song on ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ has been going viral in the minutes following the album’s midnight release

The bridge of the song is where the references to Kelce are the most obvious.

‘Chiefs chanting ’cause they said / There was no chance / Trying to be the greatest in the league / Where’s the trophy?/ He just comes running over to me’

Then the chorus kicks in: ‘Touch down / Call the amateurs and cut them from the team / Ditch the clowns, get the crown, baby I’m the one to beat / ‘Cause the sign on your heart said it’s still reserved for me / Honestly, who are we to fight the alchemy?’

Other parts of the song refer to ‘blokes warm[ing] the benches’.

Lyrics in the new Taylor Swift song ‘The Alchemy’ are references to Travis Kelce 

It’s a slow song that is clearly about the man in her life, who she has been publicly dating since September of 2023 – when she went to her first Kansas City Chiefs game against the Chicago Bears. 

But fans may have gotten tipped off about the content of the song long before the album drop. 

Claims began circulating on Thursday that Swift’s new album, The Tortured Poets Department, has leaked a day early and Swifties than managed to snatch an early listen think at least one song is about Kelce.

‘The Alchemy’ apparently has multiple references that fans have interpreted to be about Kansas City Chiefs star Kelce.

One fan took to X and wrote: ‘the alchemy is clearly about travis lmao touchdown, greatest in the league, gloves on the bench… “where’s the trophy he just comes running over to me”

Another said: ‘There is one beautiful surprise – The Alchemy is about Travis!

‘References touchdowns, teammates, trophies and how they had an instant connection they couldn’t resist.’

The lyrics reference 'Chiefs chanting', 'touch downs' and 'trophies' among other topics

The lyrics reference ‘Chiefs chanting’, ‘touch downs’ and ‘trophies’ among other topics

It's the penultimate song on her latest released album 'The Tortured Poets Department'

It’s the penultimate song on her latest released album ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

The couple have been dating publicly since September, when Swift went to a Chiefs game

The couple have been dating publicly since September, when Swift went to a Chiefs game

A different fan responded to a wider discussion about the record by saying: ‘I also think the alchemy is about Travis. It fits perfectly.’ 

Speaking about the upcoming release back in February, when he was building up to the Super Bowl in Las Vegas, Kelce said he had heard some of the songs on Swift’s latest release.

‘I have heard some of it and yes, it’s unbelievable,’ he said to reporters. ‘I can’t wait for her to shake up the world when it finally drops.’

While Swift has penned her first song about her beau, it’s not the first time that she’s sang about him.

During her Eras Tour stop in Argentina this past fall, with Travis in attendance, she changed the lyrics to her song ‘Karma’ saying that ‘Karma is the guy on the Chiefs, coming straight home to me’.

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