Taylor Swift has taken us back to 2008 by re-recording her second album Fearless, which was released today.Along with the songs we’ve known and loved for 13 years, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) also has six new tracks ‘from the vault’ that have never bee…
Taylor Swift has taken us back to 2008 by re-recording her second album Fearless, which was released today.
Along with the songs we've known and loved for 13 years, Fearless (Taylor's Version) also has six new tracks 'from the vault' that have never been released.
In total, that's a whopping 26 songs. We know that Swift loves to write about her real-life experiences and relationships, so it's no surprise that many of the songs on this record are about familiar names.https://www.instagram.com/p/CNbnuyojgrZ/
Here's everything we know about the subject of each song.
Swift wrote this track while touring as an opening act to promote her debut album, and says that it's about her ideal first date –– but it's not about anyone in particular.
"I think sometimes when you're writing love songs, you don't write them about what you're going through at the moment, you write about what you wish you had," she said.
So it's not about anyone in particular, just the feeling of falling in love.
This one's straightforward –– it's about her friend Abigail, who she name-checks in the song. 'Fifteen' is about being 15 years old, dealing with boys and school and life in general.
She said of writing it: "I just decided I really wanted to tell that story about our first year of high school because I felt in my freshman year, I grew up more than any year in my life so far."
She and Abigail are still best friends, in fact, Swift was her bridesmaid when she got married in 2017.
Arguably Swift's most iconic song, 'Love Story' has been a playlist staple since it was released in 2008. Though the song is based around Romeo and Juliet, Swift once said that it was inspired by a relationship she had that her parents didn't approve of.
"When I wrote the ending to this song, I felt like it was the ending every girl wants to go with her love story," she said. "It's the ending that I want. You want a guy who doesn't care what anyone thinks, what anyone says. He just says, 'Marry me, Juliet, I love you, and that's all I really know.'
In the music video, her love interest is played by Justin Gaston who briefly dated Miley Cyrus in 2008.
It's easy to assume this one's about a guy named Stephen. In a 2009 interview with the New York Times, Swift said "I don't hesitate" about naming guys in her songs.
"There was this guy who opened a couple of shows for me on tour and I talked to him a couple of times, but he never knew that I liked him," she said. "So I wrote this song called 'Hey Stephen', and when my album came out, I sent him a text message: 'Hey, Track 5'. It was so funny. He sent me back a long e-mail saying, 'Oh, my God!'"
Swift said that this song is about the immediate heartbreak that comes after a breakup.
"To me, 'White Horse' is about what, in my opinion, is the most heart-breaking part of a break-up — that moment when you realise that all the dreams you had, all those visions you had of being with this person, all that disappears."
In the video, her boyfriend is played by Stephen Colletti, of Laguna Beach and One Tree Hill fame, and shows the pop star finding out he's been cheating on her with another girl.
'You Belong With Me'
"She wears short skirts, I wear T-shirts" is still one of the most memorable lines Swift has ever sung. Swift has said she was inspired to write the song after overhearing a male friend of hers arguing with his girlfriend through a phone call.
"She was just yelling at him! I felt so bad for him at that moment," she said. "So I came up with the first line, 'You're on the phone with your girlfriend, she's upset, going off about something that you said,' and I ran that into the storyline that I'm in love with him and he should be with me instead of her."
'Breathe' featuring Colbie Calliat
While 'Breathe' sounds like a breakup song, Swift has said that it's actually about dealing with the end of a friendship. She's never confirmed who it's about, but many fans think it's about Emily Poe, Swift's former fiddle player. She left Swift's band in 2008 to go to law school.
At the time, Swift was a huge fan of Colbie Calliat and asked her to sing backing vocals on the song.
'Tell Me Why'
Swift says she wrote this song while talking to a guy she never "officially" dated.
"Sometimes it's the hardest thing when you have all these dreams of dating them, and you're getting close, but it doesn't work out," she said of the song. Some fans speculate that this is one of a handful of songs on Fearless about Joe Jonas.
She was complaining about the guy with her songwriter, Liz Rose, and she came up with the chorus.
"She goes, 'If you could say everything you were thinking to him right now, what would you start with?' so I told her, 'I would say to him, 'I'm sick and tired of your attitude, I feel like I don't even know you' … and I just started rambling, and she was writing down everything that I was saying, and so, we turned it into a song."https://www.instagram.com/p/CNNbIrsDkKn/
'You're Not Sorry'
It's widely believed that this song is about Joe Jonas, especially because he wrote the song 'Sorry' for his band the Jonas Brothers.
Of the song, Swift said "it's about this guy who turned out to not be who I thought I was. He came across as prince charming. Well, it turned out prince charming had a lot of secrets that he didn't tell me about."
"I wrote this when I was at the breaking point of, "You know what? Don't even think that you can keep on hurting me." It was to a point where I had to walk away."
'The Way I Loved You'
Rather than being about a guy who did her dirty, this song is about a guy being too nice –– and Swift says it's fictional.
"I got this idea for a song about being in a relationship with a nice guy who is punctual and opens up the door for you and brings you flowers...but you feel nothing," she said. "The whole time you're with him, you're thinking about the guy who was complicated and messy and frustrating."
'Forever & Always'
This one's definitely about Joe Jonas –– Swift wrote it after he broke up with her on the phone. She says that while they were dating, he slowly faded away from her before dumping her for another girl.
That girl? Actress Camilla Belle, about whom Swift penned 'Better Than Revenge' on her third album, Speak Now.
On Ellen, Swift revealed how Jonas broke up with her: "I looked at the call log — it was like 27 seconds. That's got to be a record." And the exact length of the intro of this song is 27 seconds.
'The Best Day'
This song is an ode to Swift's mum, Andrea.
"I decided that I was going to keep it a secret and give it to her as a surprise for Christmas," Swift said. "I wrote it in the summer and then recorded it secretly with the band in the studio. After it was done, I synched the song up to all these home videos of her, and my family. She just started bawling her eyes out."
'Change' is about Swift's desire to succeed and have a successful career despite being signed to a small label. "I wrote this song about being on a small record label, being a 16-year-old girl, and having a lot of odds stacked up against all of us," she told Country Aircheck.
She said she left the song unfinished for a while, but finished it the day after winning the Horizon award at the Country Music Association Awards.
"I looked over at Scott Borchetta [the head of her former label] after I won, and he was crying," she said. "That's when I finished [the song], because I knew I couldn't finish it until something like that happened. It was absolutely the most amazing night of my life, getting to see the emotion of all the people who worked so hard for me. So I wrote that song about that."
'Jump Then Fall'
Swift wrote this song about an unnamed mystery person with whom she shared an unforgettable summer romance. "This song is about jumping then falling into the most magical summer love imaginable," she wrote in the album booklet.
This is actually a cover of a song by Luna Halo. The original is an upbeat rock song, while Swift's version is slow and stripped back.
'Come In With The Rain'
This song is about being tired of constantly chasing the same boy who doesn't seem to want to commit the way she does. It was written before her debut album even came out in 2006, and was uploaded as a demo to Swift's MySpace page before it made it to the platinum edition of Fearless.
We really don't know who this one is about — the secret message for this song is "I'll never tell". It tells the story of falling for a famous musician who all the girls are in love with.
However, an early demo of the song had the lyric, "I know that you were born in Arkansas" instead of "I'm invisible and everyone knows who you are".
Some fans think that it's about Joe Nichols, a country singer who played at the same country festival as Swift in 2008. Some others think it's about John Mayer, who Swift briefly dated after Fearless was released.
'The Other Side of the Door'
The outro to this song is absolutely the best part of the entire album.
The song is about the conflicting feelings of being mad at someone but, at the same time, needing them desperately and willing to forgive everything.
'Today was a Fairytale'
This song didn't appear on Fearless originally, but was on the 2009 soundtrack to Valentine's Day, which Swift starred in with her then-boyfriend Taylor Lautner.
She wrote the song in 2008 but didn't think it fit thematically with the rest of her Fearless songs, so offered it to the film's producers for the soundtrack. Like the track 'Fearless', the song is about a mythical perfect date.
'You All Over Me (From the vault) (Featuring Maren Morris)'
We first heard this vault track in March, featuring background vocals by country singer Maren Morris. Its about being unable to move on from an ex, and the many references to rain and muddy trucks make it clear that this was intended as an original Fearless track.
The lyrics mention meeting the person in June, which matches up with Swift's timeline of dating Joe Jonas.
'Mr Perfectly Fine' (From the vault)
Another classic Joe Jonas track, this one about how he treated her nicely then dumped her with no remorse. Remember how Jonas dumped Swift on the phone in 27 seconds? Well, on this track, Swift sings 'Mr' exactly 27 times.
Plus, Jonas' current wife, Sophie Turner seems to agree that this track is about him –– she cheekily shared it to her Instagram story, writing "It's not NOT a bop".
'We Were Happy' (From the vault)
This is a super old song, dating back to about 2005, before Swift had released any music. The lyrics talk about feeling guilty for falling out of love with a guy she's been dating.
For the 2021 version, Swift enlisted Keith Urban to do backing vocals on the track. It's an especially full-circle moment as she served as his opening act during the Fearless album era.
'That's When' featuring Keith Urban (From the vault)
Urban has a whole verse on this song, about two lovers reuniting after a fight. Unfortunately, we don't know anything about the mystery man the lyrics are about, because it's another one from way back in 2005.
'Don't You' (From the vault)
Before Fearless (Taylor's Version), this was one of Swift's rarest unreleased tracks, a hard one to find on the internet. The new version is produced by her frequent collaborator, Jack Antonoff, and has big 1989 vibes.
'Bye Bye Baby' (From the vault)
Swift shared a photo in 2008 of a tracklist written on a mirror of potential songs she wanted to include on the original Fearless album. From that we can see that 'Bye Bye Baby' was originally titled 'The One Thing'.
Rumours are it was scrapped from the album because of its similarities to Michelle Branch's 'Goodbye To You'. It's another super-old track, written at the same time as her debut album in 2008.
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