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"My Boy Only Breaks His Favorite Toys," like a child's forgotten plaything, lays bare the emotional wreckage of a love gone sour. Taylor Swift compares the broken romance to a cherished toy, constantly subjected to the whims of a careless child. Sandcastles, meticulously constructed, are gleefully demolished. Dolls, once pristine, are left with missing limbs and wayward button eyes. There's a glimmer of defiance, a spark of "I'll show you!" nestled within the melody. "Once I fix me," Swift croons, "he's gonna miss me." A warning, perhaps, to the wayward lover? A promise of self-discovery and a future devoid of childish games?

The song is one of several tracks on The Tortured Poets Department that chronicle fickle lovers who treat commitment with the same enthusiasm as a discarded juice box. Whether this particular narrative stems from a real-life beau or is a figment of Swift's creative genius remains a mystery. One line, however, hints at a history: "There was a litany of reasons why we could've played for keeps this time." This suggests a revolving door of sorts, a pattern of passionate beginnings followed by inevitable (and perhaps predictable) breakups. Swift is rumored to have first dated The 1975 frontman Matty Healy in 2014 before entering into a romance during the summer of 2023. Several other tracks on the album clearly target him, so is this another kiss-off to Healy?

What matters, truly, is the universality of the message. Swift, with her knack for capturing the emotional zeitgeist, lays bare the experience of being cherished then cast aside. "It's a metaphor of... being somebody's favorite toy, until they break you, and then don't want to play with you anymore," she told Amazon Music. "Which is... how a lot of us are in relationships, where we are so valued by a person in the beginning, and then all of a sudden, they break us, or they devalue us in their mind, and we're still clinging onto, 'No, no, no, you should've seen them the first time they saw me. They'll come back to that. They'll get back to that.' So it's kind of like, a song about denial, really. So that you can live in this world where there's still hope for a toxic, broken relationship."

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