The Bolter


“The Bolter” is track seventeen on the “File Name: The Bolter” deluxe edition of Taylor’s eleventh studio album, THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT (2024). It is set for release on April 19, 2024, through Republic Records. It is an alternate album closer.
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Taylor released her tenth studio album, Midnights, on October 21, 2022, to widespread commercial and critical success, becoming the biggest album of the year. Midnights was eventually nominated for six Grammy Awards at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards on February 4, 2024. The morning of the ceremony, Taylor teased the release of an album by changing her profile picture across all social media platforms to a black and white version of the already existing cover artwork of Midnights. This led to her fans speculating online that she was preparing to release reputation (Taylor’s Version), a forthcoming re-recording of her sixth studio album, reputation (2017). Taylor’s website also appeared to have crashed, replaced with the non-existent HTTP status code 321, as well as error code “hneriergrd”, which fans deciphered to be an anagram spelling “red herring”. They also analyzed the source code of her website and found hidden, foreign-language words, which they then translated into English. The words found would be revealed to be words in Taylor’s handwritten note for the album.

Taylor won the Grammy Awards for “Best Pop Vocal Album” and “Album of the Year” for Midnights a few hours later. In her acceptance speech for the former, she revealed a new studio album, titled THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT, and announced its release date of April 19, 2024, which she had been keeping secret for nearly two years. Its cover artwork was subsequently posted on her social media accounts, along with a photograph of a handwritten note.

The album’s “Bolter” deluxe edition along with the song was announced during Taylor’s “The Eras Tour” show in Melbourne, Australia, on February 16, 2024:

«So, basically, I’m very excited for April 19th, because THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT will be out on that date, and I cannot wait for you to hear all of those songs then. This album, this new one, TORTURED POETS, is an album that I think, more than any of my albums that I’ve ever made, I needed to make it. It was really a lifeline for me, just the things I was going through, and the things I was writing about. It kind of reminded me of why songwriting is something that actually gets me through my life. And I’ve never had an album where I needed songwriting more than I’d needed it on TORTURED POETS. And I wanted to show you something tonight, because we’ve got an alternate cover to THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT that nobody has seen, and there’s an exclusive song on this vinyl called 'The Bolter.' So this is called 'The Bolter Edition.' Look at that cover! It’s so tortured, so poetic. »


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General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
ReleasedApril 19, 2024
LabelRepublic Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducerTaylor Swift
Clara BowThe Bolter