“Fearless” story continues with tracks from the vault

Tony Madden

The long-awaited re-record of Taylor Swift’s 2008 “Fearless” album comes with an exciting continuation of the 13-year-old record: six never-before-heard tracks from the vault. 

 

“Only I know which songs I wrote that almost made the Fearless album,” Swift said when she announced “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).” “I’ve decided I want you to have the whole story, see the entire vivid picture, and let you into the entire dreamscape that is my Fearless album.”

 

We’re taking a look at the tracks that complete the “Fearless” story 13 years later.

You All Over Me (feat. Maren Morris)

The first vault single ahead of the album’s April 9 release, “You All Over Me” is evocative of Swift’s country roots in all the right ways. Aaron Dessner’s dreamy, reverbed guitar make way for Swift’s delicate trills in a song about never really being clean of the ones we once loved.

 

“No amount of freedom gets you clean,” Swift sings. “I’ve still got you all over me.”

 

The song, which features backup vocals from Maren Morris, is also thematically reminiscent of “Clean” from Swift’s 2014 album “1989.”

Mr. Perfectly Fine

Swift gives a pop-country hybrid sound on “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” which tells of the frustration of an ex who seems perfectly fine after a breakup. It’s as catchy as catchy gets.

 

“Hello, Mr. Perfectly Fine,” Swift sings. “How’s your heart after breakin’ mine?”

 

The song – as well as the rest of the album – is presumed to be about Joe Jonas, who Swift dated shortly before her “Fearless” album era. Jonas’ wife Sophie Turner even retorted on Instagram: It’s not not a bop.”

We Were Happy

No early Taylor Swift record is complete without a tear-jerking guitar ballad, and “We Were Happy” fills that void on Taylor’s Version. With classic country acoustic guitar, Swift laments for a boy with whom she fell out of love.

 

“Oh, I hate those voices telling me I’m not in love anymore,” she sings. “But they don’t give me choices and that’s what these tears are for.”

That’s When (feat. Keith Urban)

Keith Urban joins Swift for an early-2000s country-pop masterpiece that easily would’ve defined my 9-year-old experience if it had been released on “Fearless” in 2008. “That’s When” is another song to detail breaking and making up. 

 

“That’s when, when I wake up in the morning,” they sing. “That’s when, when it’s sunny or storming. Laughing, when I’m crying.”

 

The song seems to mark a full-circle moment for the two artists. Swift, now one of music’s biggest names, was an opening act for Keith Urban around the time “Fearless” was originally released.”

Don’t You

Don’t You” describes the kaleidoscope of memories that come back after running into an ex. One of the more pop-infused songs on the album, “Don’t You” is one of Swift’s rarest unreleased songs.

 

“Don’t you say you’ve missed me if you don’t want me again,” Swift sings.

Bye Bye Baby

Swift revealed that one of the reasons so many songs were cut from “Fearless” before its original release was the fact that there were too many breakup songs. “Bye Bye Baby” is another one of those, but it encapsulates an experience so specific: taking the road home from an ex’s house one last time.

 

“Bye bye to everything I thought was on my side,” she sings. “Bye bye baby, I want you back but it’s come down to nothing, and all I have is your sympathy.”

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