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The Meaning Behind Taylor Swift’s “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart” Lyrics Has Swifties Sobbing

The Tortured Poets Department is finally here, and we have a new song to cry over. Lucky track 13 “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart” has an upbeat sound with sad lyrics that have Swifties experiencing mixed emotions. The song talks about how even though Swift dominated the stage every night during The Eras Tour, she was completely heartbroken and faking a smile as she danced and sang through the pain.

In the first verse, Swift sings, “I can read your mind/ She’s having the time of her life/ There in her glittering prime/ The lights refract sequin stars off her silhouette every night/ I can show you lies/ (One, two, three, four).”

Even though Swift headlined the biggest tour of her career, not everything was what it seemed. Fans learned this when the breakup with Joe Alwyn was made public. In “I Can Do It With A Broken Heart,”  the backing of the song (aka what she listens to while on stage) can be heard. This allows us to hear what she hears and better feel what she feels while having to put on a show. 

Swift references her live shows and how much joy her fans had while she performed through the pain.  She sings, “’Cause I’m a real tough kid/ I can handle my shit/ They said, ‘Babe, you gotta fake it ’til you make it’ and I did/ Lights, camera, bitch, smile/ Even when you wanna die/ He said he’d love me all his life/ But that life was too short/ Breaking down, I hit the floor/ All the piеces of me shatterеd as the crowd was chanting, ‘More.”’

This song really hits hard but as soon as Swifties heard the “Lights, camera, bitch smile” line, they were a wreck.

Some can’t help but dance along to the song’s catchy beat while trying to keep their emotions at bay thinking about the depressing lyrics.

Swift has once again proven she’s a superstar with this 31-track album. A three-and-a-half-hour concert and a two-hour and two-minute album are insane. Only Blondie could pull it off, and we love her for it. 

EnJanae Taylor is a Her Campus national writer. She writes for the Style section, covering beauty, fashion, and decor. She graduated from LSU, earning bachelor’s degrees in fashion merchandising and journalism. She was also the entertainment editor and later the managing editor of LSU’s award-winning newspaper, The Reveille. EnJanae’ is currently a contributing writer for Southern Living. She’s previously written for The Everygirl, College Fashionista, and Basic Magazine. EnJanae’ loves everything fashion and pop culture related. Her favorite activities are going to the movies, shopping, and seeing her favorite artists in concert. She also runs a food account with her best friend and loves eating a good meal.