1989 (Taylor's Version) is Taylor Swift's fourth re-recorded album, was released on October 27, 2023, exactly 9 years after the release of her original fifth studio album in 2014, and is part of her efforts to regain control of her early catalog following a masters dispute in 2019.
Swift officially announced the record’s release date on August 9, 2023, during the closing night of the first US leg of her The Eras Tour. This album marked her transition to pop music from her country roots and was a major success, both critically and commercially. Taylor's Version features 21 tracks, including re-recorded versions of 16 songs from the deluxe edition of 1989 and five previously unreleased tracks.
1. Welcome to New York (Taylor's Version)
The opening track of the album holds a special place for Taylor Swift because it reflects her deep connection to New York City. She had long dreamed and obsessed about moving there, and when she finally did, she found an unparalleled source of inspiration. New York's electric and limitless energy influenced her music, and this track, in particular, captures her wide-eyed optimism and the sense of endless potential she felt when she arrived in the city.
What If It's Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.
Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.
But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?
Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?
2. Blank Space (Taylor's Version)
The second track was initially written by Taylor Swift as a playful experiment. She acknowledges the importance of self-awareness for a songwriter, including being mindful of how the public perceives them. In this case, there had been a sensationalized portrayal of her personal life in the media, depicting her as a serial dater who can't maintain relationships due to being too emotional and needy. Swift found this character intriguing and wondered what kind of song this fictional character would write if she were real. Throughout the song, Swift carefully brings this character to life through juxtaposition that showcases her raging passion. She also included the noise of a pen clicking towards the end of the chorus, suggesting that the character is writing her new lover’s name in her “blank space.”
The Meet-Cute Project by Rhiannon Richardson
Mia’s friends love rom-coms. Mia hates them. They're silly, contrived, and not at all realistic. Besides, there are more important things to worry about—like how to handle living with her bridezilla sister, Sam, who’s never appreciated Mia, and surviving junior year juggling every school club offered and acing all of her classes.
So when Mia is tasked with finding a date to her sister’s wedding, her options are practically nonexistent.
Mia’s friends, however, have an idea. It’s a little crazy, a little out there, and a lot inspired by the movies they love that Mia begrudgingly watches too.
Mia just needs a meet-cute.
3. Style (Taylor's Version)
The album's third track delves into a turbulent relationship that repeatedly draws two people back together. Taylor Swift drew inspiration from her past romance with Harry Styles, even alluding to his band's music. She explains that the song originated from her observation of enduring fashion and cultural trends. Just as certain fashion items remain timeless, there are emotions and people in our lives who seem to cyclically reappear and never fade away, much like a lasting trend that always comes back into style.
With and Without You by Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka
If high school seniors Siena and Patrick were a superlative, they'd be the Couple Most Likely to Marry. They've been dating for three solid years, and everyone agrees they're perfect for each other. But with college on the horizon, Siena begins to wonder whether staying together is the best idea. Does she really want to be tied down during possibly the most transformative years of her life?
So she makes a decision to break up with Patrick, convincing herself it's for the best. Before she can say the words, though, he beats her to the punch: his family is moving out of state. Caught off guard by the news, Siena agrees to stay with Patrick, believing their relationship will naturally fizzle out with time and distance. But over a series of visits throughout the school year, Siena begins to see a different side of Patrick--one that has her falling in love with him all over again.
4. Out of the Woods (Taylor's Version)
The fourth track encapsulates the mix of anxiety and excitement in a past relationship that Taylor Swift cherishes. Her goal with the album was to ensure that her songs conveyed the emotions she felt at the time accurately. This song portrays the fragile and uncertain nature of the relationship she experienced, where she lived day-to-day with uncertainty about its future. Despite the anxiety and instability, the song emphasizes that such relationships can still be worthwhile, exciting, and beautiful.
The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry
Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.
Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start... until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.
That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.
5. All You Had to Do Was Stay (Taylor's Version)
The fifth track explores a relationship that falls apart because of the lover's indecision. It's notable as part of Taylor Swift's pattern of placing the most emotional song on her album as the fifth track. The song was inspired by a peculiar dream she had, in which she found herself unable to express herself to an important person in any way other than repeatedly saying "Stay" in a high-pitched voice. This unusual dream led her to incorporate that element into the song, which she was already working on, making it an integral and unique part of the track.
What You Left Me by Bridget Morrissey
Martin and Petra meet for the first time at graduation, and though they’ve shared the halls of their high school for four years without crossing paths, there’s an instant connection the moment they’re seated next to each other at the commencement ceremony.
Then a car accident puts Martin into a coma, and Petra is somehow left picking up the pieces, using friends, family, and shared dreams to keep their surprise connection going.
Together they must unlock the truth of his situation, and with time running out, their bond becomes Martin’s best shot at waking back up to the life he's left behind.
6. Shake It Off (Taylor's Version)
The sixth song is an upbeat track by Taylor Swift that encourages listeners to let go of minor problems and embrace a carefree attitude. Swift wrote the song based on an important life lesson she learned, and she intended it to be a song that could get people dancing at a wedding reception or serve as a source of comfort during tough times. The lyrics offer emotional depth and relate to the universal feeling of humiliation in the face of how people treat each other. Swift suggests that humor is the key to dealing with these challenges, promoting a joyful approach to coping with life's absurdities. The song empowers listeners to shake off negativity and find a reason to dance through life's ups and downs.
The Rumor Game by Dhonielle Clayton & Sona Charaipotra
All it takes is one spark to start a blaze.
At Foxham Prep, a posh private school for the children of DC’s elite, a single rumor has the power to ruin a life.
Nobody knows that better than Bryn. She used to have it all—the perfect boyfriend, a bright future in politics, and even popularity, thanks to her best friend, cheer captain Cora. Then one mistake sparked a scandal that burned it all to the ground.
Now it’s the start of a new school year and the spotlight has shifted: It’s geeky Georgie, newly hot after a summer makeover, whose name is on everyone’s lips. When a rumor ignites, Georgie rockets up the school’s social hierarchy, pitting her and Cora against each other. It grants her Foxham stardom . . . but it also makes her a target.
As the rumors grow and morph, blazing like wildfire through the school’s social media, all three girls’ lives begin to unravel. But one person close to the drama has the power to stop the gossip in its tracks. The question is—do they even want to?
7. I Wish You Would (Taylor's Version)
The seventh track is a song by Taylor Swift about an ex-lover with whom she doesn't rule out the possibility of rekindling the relationship. Despite their breakup, she doesn't hold any bitterness towards him and even wishes he would make an effort to reconcile, flirting with the idea of a friends-with-benefits arrangement. The song aims to create a cinematic narrative, with two people missing each other but being too prideful to admit it until the final bridge, where the tension is resolved. The lyrics convey the idea of a love that's complicated and dramatic, never quite in the right place, yet still compelling.
No Filter and Other Lies by Crystal Maldonado
Twenty-one-year-old Max Monroe has it all: beauty, friends, and a glittering life filled with adventure. With tons of followers on Instagram, her picture-perfect existence seems eminently enviable.
Except it's all fake.
Max is actually 16-year-old Kat Sanchez, a quiet and sarcastic teenager living in drab Bakersfield, California. Nothing glamorous in her existence--just sprawl, bad house parties, a crap school year, and the awkwardness of dealing with her best friend Hari's unrequited love. But while Kat's life is far from perfect, she thrives as Max: doling out advice, sharing beautiful photos, networking with famous influencers, even making a real friend in a follower named Elena. The closer Elena and "Max" get--texting, Snapping, and even calling--the more Kat feels she has to keep up the facade.
But when one of Max's posts goes ultra-viral and gets back to the very person she's been stealing photos from, her entire world - real and fake -- comes crashing down around her. She has to figure out a way to get herself out of the huge web of lies she's created without hurting the people she loves.
But it might already be too late.
8. Bad Blood (Taylor's Version)
Taylor Swift wrote the eighth track about a painful experience in which someone she admired and wanted to be friends with ended up betraying her trust. The song allowed Taylor to express the heartbreak she felt over the loss of a friendship. She saw this song as a way to stand up for herself and address the situation, even if it was in a song form, as the other person had been more outspoken and bold in their interactions. It was a way for Taylor to reclaim her own voice and assert her feelings.
Some Mistakes Were Made by Kristin Dwyer
You can’t always go home again.
Ellis and Easton have been inseparable since childhood. But when a rash decision throws Ellis’s life—and her relationship with Easton— into chaos she’s forced to move halfway across the country, far from everything she’s ever known.
Now Ellis hasn’t spoken to Easton in a year, and maybe it’s better that way; maybe eventually the Easton shaped hole in her heart will heal. But when Easton’s mother invites her home for a celebration, Ellis finds herself tangled up in the web of heartache, betrayal, and anger she left behind... and with the boy she never stopped loving.
9. Wildest Dreams (Taylor's Version)
The ninth track portrays her desire for her lover to cherish their best moments even after their relationship ends, reflecting a mix of hope and recognition of its inevitable conclusion. The song notably pays homage to Lana Del Rey with Swift switching between different vocal tones and using lyrics reminiscent of Lana's signature style. Swift's perspective on love has evolved over the years, becoming more realistic and less idealistic, with a focus on leaving a positive impression when a connection ends. The song captures the immediate connection with someone and the hope that they will remember it fondly once it's over.
Sinner's Isle by Angela Montoya
Rosalinda is trapped on Sinner’s Isle under the watchful eye of a power-hungry headmistress. And thanks to her vicious phantoms, Rosa is the most favored at this year’s Offering, where Majestics’ powers will be on full display so the wealthy may choose one to serve them for life.
For years, she has been kept under the watchful, calculating eye of Doña Lucia. Now eighteen, Rosa will be the prized commodity at this year’s Offering, a fiesta for the wealthy to engage in drink, damsels, and debauchery. That is why she must flee—before someone forces the vicious phantoms within her to destroy everything she touches.
Handsome, swashbuckling Mariano has long sailed the high seas as the Prince of Pirates. Then the king’s fleet attacks his father’s infamous ship, leaving him marooned on Sinner’s Isle with only an enchanted chain meant to lead him to his heart’s desire. Instead, he falls into the hands of a brazen (although) bewitching headache—Rosa.
Together they must outwit each other and their enemies before the Offering ends and it’s too late to escape the perils of Sinner’s Isle.
10. How You Get the Girl (Taylor's Version)
In the tenth song offers advice to a guy who wants to win back his former girlfriend. Taylor Swift suggests more effective strategies than those used by her past lovers, as described in songs like "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together." The song is essentially an instruction manual for a guy who has let a good relationship slip away, providing guidance on what he needs to do to win her back after separation. It emphasizes that a simple text message won't suffice and that he must put in the effort described in the song to rekindle the romance.
Check & Mate by Ali Hazelwood
Mallory Greenleaf is done with chess. Every move counts nowadays; after the sport led to the destruction of her family four years earlier, Mallory's focus is on her mom, her sisters, and the dead-end job that keeps the lights on. That is, until she begrudgingly agrees to play in one last charity tournament and inadvertently wipes the board with notorious "Kingkiller" Nolan Sawyer: current world champion and reigning Bad Boy of chess.
Nolan's loss to an unknown rook-ie shocks everyone. What's even more confusing? His desire to cross pawns again. What kind of gambit is Nolan playing? The smart move would be to walk away. Resign. Game over. But Mallory's victory opens the door to sorely needed cash-prizes and despite everything, she can't help feeling drawn to the enigmatic strategist....
As she rockets up the ranks, Mallory struggles to keep her family safely separated from the game that wrecked it in the first place. And as her love for the sport she so desperately wanted to hate begins to rekindle, Mallory quickly realizes that the games aren't only on the board, the spotlight is brighter than she imagined, and the competition can be fierce (-ly attractive. And intelligent...and infuriating...)
11. This Love (Taylor's Version)
The 11th track uses cyclical metaphors to reflect on the ups and downs of a relationship, emphasizing that love endures regardless of its fluctuations. The song also delves into the idea of fate, a recurring theme in Swift's discography, suggesting that if a relationship isn't meant to happen at a particular moment, it's necessary to let go and trust that if it's destined, it will return. Notably, this is the only song in the album that she wrote entirely by herself. The song conveys the experience of having to let someone go when you care deeply about them but know they're not ready for a relationship, emphasizing the importance of selflessness in such situations and the belief that if the connection is genuine, the person will return, which is a sentiment she felt when that happened in her own life.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them.
Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways... but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah's to tell; the later years are Jude's. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they'll have a chance to remake their world.
12. I Know Places (Taylor's Version)
The twelfth song explores the challenges faced by a high-profile couple in finding privacy and escaping paparazzi and gossip magazines. It uses the metaphor of a fox hunt, where the foxes' survival depends on their cunning and ability to hide from the pursuing dogs, horses, and hunters. The song conveys the idea that outside influences can seriously jeopardize a relationship and suggests that the best approach to starting a relationship might involve keeping it as secret as possible to protect its fragility. Swift wrote this song as a reflection of how much effort and secrecy might be required to make a relationship work in the face of public scrutiny.
Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff
Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs.
Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world.
But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists.
13. Clean (Taylor's Version)
The thirteenth track is a song written by Taylor Swift as she was leaving Liberty in London. The inspiration for the song came from realizing that she had been in the same city as her former lover for two weeks without thinking about him. The song reflects the experience of going through heartbreak and the unique way a heartbroken person's time seems to move differently, marked by mental, physical, and emotional pain, as well as conflicting emotions. Over time, the pain lessens as new habits and activities replace the old ones associated with the lost relationship. It's a song about healing and moving on.
Additionally, for fans who have struggled with mental illness, addiction, and abuse, the song takes on a different meaning related to literal cleanliness and recovery. While Taylor Swift didn't originally intend this interpretation, she embraced it when she learned of its significance to her fans.
Himawari House by Harmony Becker
Living in a new country is no walk in the park.
When Nao returns to Tokyo to reconnect with her Japanese heritage, she books a yearlong stay at the Himawari sharehouse. There she meets Hyejung and Tina, two other girls who came to Japan to freely forge their own paths. The trio live together, share meals, and even attend the same Japanese-language school, which results in them becoming fast friends. But will they be able to hold one another up as life tests them with new loves, old heartbreaks, and the everyday challenges of being fish out of water?
14. Wonderland (Taylor's Version)
Originally released as a bonus track, the fourteenth song describes a toxic relationship from its inception to its eventual end, drawing inspiration from the story of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. It uses the highs and lows of Alice's adventures in Wonderland as a metaphor for the allure and pitfalls of being in such a relationship, where the excitement and wanderlust are embraced despite the negative consequences.
Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.
Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
15. You Are In Love (Taylor's Version)
Another bonus track, the fifteenth song was co-written by Taylor Swift and her friend Jack Antonoff, who was dating Taylor's friend Lena Dunham at the time. Swift used the song to provide commentary on Jack and Lena's relationship, narrating their journey and the experiences that led to the realization about being in love.
Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon
A summer heatwave blankets New York City in darkness. But as the city is thrown into confusion, a different kind of electricity sparks…
A first meeting.
And maybe the beginning of something new.
When the lights go out, people reveal hidden truths. Love blossoms, friendship transforms, and new possibilities take flight.
16. New Romantics (Taylor's Version)
The sixteenth track is a satirical song that discusses the outlook of "new romantics" toward love and life. The song portrays how young adults approach love in a nonchalant and whimsical manner, and Taylor's shift in mindset is reflective of her personal growth and a departure from the idealized romanticism of her earlier albums. She values her independence and is cautious about entering into new relationships, as she believes it would take someone truly special to make the sacrifices necessary for dating. This song hints at her carefree approach and outlook on the future, embracing a "new romantic" perspective.
Golden Boys by Phil Stamper
Gabriel, Reese, Sal, and Heath are best friends, bonded in their small rural town by their queerness, their good grades, and their big dreams. They are about to embark on the summer before senior year of high school, where each is going on a new, big adventure. Reese is attending a design school in Paris. Gabriel is going to Boston to volunteer with an environmental nonprofit. Sal is interning on Capitol Hill for a U.S. Senator. And Heath is stuck going to Daytona Beach to help out at his aunt’s beachfront arcade.
What will this summer of new experiences and world-expanding travel mean for each of them—and for their friendship?
17. "Slut!" (Taylor's Version) [From The Vault]
In the seventeenth track Swift addresses her reputation as a serial dater created by the media before her "1989" era. She acknowledges that people often called her a "slut." Unlike her previous approach in the song "Blank Space," where she humorously embraced the false image, in "Slut!" Swift chooses to ignore the haters and romanticize her relationship. She sings about not caring about being called a slut and suggests that if she's dressed up and people are looking, it might be worth it for once. In the second verse, Swift subtly addresses her critics by pointing out that they are upset about her dating someone they like.
Taylor Swift has previously spoken out about experiencing slut-shaming throughout her career, particularly due to media scrutiny of her dating history. She explained that she was the target of intense slut-shaming, which she found hurtful and damaging to her image. She discussed how the media trivialized her songwriting and how her interactions with male friends were often misconstrued, making her swear off hanging out with guys, dating, and flirting.
XOXO by Axie Oh
Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her careful plans. But in a moment of spontaneity, she allows him to pull her out of her comfort zone for one unforgettable night of adventure…before he disappears without a word.
Three months later, when Jenny and her mother arrive in South Korea to take care of her ailing grandmother, she’s shocked to discover that Jaewoo is a student at the same elite arts academy where she’s enrolled for the semester. And he’s not just any student. He’s a member of one of the biggest K-pop bands in the world—and he’s strictly forbidden from dating.
When a relationship means throwing Jenny’s life off the path she’s spent years mapping out, she’ll have to decide once and for all just how much she’s willing to risk for love.
18. Say Don't Go (Taylor's Version) [From The Vault]
The eighteenth song tells a heartfelt story of longing and heartbreak. The lyrics explore the complexities of a relationship, where the protagonist grapples with vulnerability and uncertainty. They depict emotional turmoil, sadness, and doubts about the future. The pre-chorus and chorus express the yearning for the other person to stay, interwoven with the pain of feeling misled and abandoned. In the bridge, the lyrics convey the frustration and confusion of unrequited love, emphasizing the anguish of pouring one's heart out only to be met with silence.
Verona Comics by Jennifer Dugan
Jubilee has it all together. She’s an elite cellist, and when she’s not working in her stepmom’s indie comic shop, she’s prepping for the biggest audition of her life.
Ridley is barely holding it together. His parents own the biggest comic-store chain in the country, and Ridley can’t stop disappointing them—that is, when they’re even paying attention.
They meet one fateful night at a comic convention prom, and the two can’t help falling for each other. Too bad their parents are at each other’s throats every chance they get, making a relationship between them nearly impossible…unless they manage to keep it a secret.
Then again, the feud between their families may be the least of their problems. As Ridley’s anxiety spirals, Jubilee tries to help but finds her focus torn between her fast-approaching audition and their intensifying relationship. What if love can’t conquer all? What if each of them needs more than the other can give?
19. Now That We Don't Talk (Taylor's Version) [From The Vault]
The nineteenth track explores the feelings that arise when a once-important relationship fades away. The song paints a picture of change and distance between two people who used to be close. In the verses, Swift talks about noticing changes in the other person’s life. The chorus captures the struggle of accepting the end of the relationship. The song ends on a note of acceptance and a newfound sense of self.
Fierce as the Wind by Tara Wilson Redd
When Miho's boyfriend breaks up with her without warning, all she can see is red--the color of blinding fury and pain, and the color of the fire she sets in an oil drum on the beach, burning every scrap of their memories.
It's spring of senior year in Oahu, and while her friends are getting ready for college, Miho's deep in her misery, delivering pizzas on her bike. But then inspiration strikes: she'll do a triathlon. An Ironman competition official race costs too much, so Miho's friends create one for her. The training is brutal for a girl who has never even run a mile--though she can bike and swim. With the constant support of her friends and her dad, Miho digs deep to find just how fierce her determination is and how many obstacles she can overcome in this race, and maybe even in her life.
20. Suburban Legends (Taylor's Version) [From The Vault]
The twentieth track is a song where Taylor Swift skillfully paints a vivid picture of a deep connection that leaves an enduring mark. The lyrics capture the magnetic attraction and the intricate nature of love, showcasing moments of intense allure. The chorus underscores a sense of destiny, acknowledging that some connections are fated for greatness, even in the face of heartache. The chorus reaffirms the profound impact of this connection on the protagonist's life, emphasizing a shared destiny and a love that transcends ordinary boundaries.
It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi
After Kiran Noorani's mom died, Kiran vowed to keep her dad and sister, Amira, close. Then out of the blue, Amira announces that she's dating someone and might move cross-country with him. Kiran is thrown.
Deen Malik is thrilled that his older brother, Faisal, has found a great girlfriend, even if it's getting serious quickly. Maybe now their parents' focus will shift off Deen, who feels intense pressure to be the perfect son.
When Deen and Kiran come fact to face, they silently agree to keep their past a secret. Four years ago--before Amira and Faisal met--Kiran and Deen dated. But Deen ghosted Kiran with no explanation. Kiran will stop at nothing to find out what happened, and Deen will do anything, even if it means sabotaging his brother's relationship, to keep her from reaching the truth. Though the chemistry between Kiran and Deen is undeniable, can either of them take down their walls?
21. Is It Over Now? (Taylor's Version) [From The Vault]
The final track explores the emotions of heartbreak and reflection in a relatable manner, portraying feelings of loneliness and reminiscing about past experiences with a former lover. The chorus asks about the true status of the relationship, evoking memories of intimate moments and the pain of betrayal. Taylor Swift's lyrics effectively convey the mixed emotions that often accompany a breakup. In the bridge, the song addresses the challenge of being aware of a former partner's actions while still maintaining self-worth. Swift emphasizes the importance of self-respect. The song's conclusion reflects on the passage of time and the evolving emotions that accompany it. The flashing lights symbolize moments of realization and understanding, adding depth to the song's narrative.
Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan have only one thing left to do: figure out whether they should stay together or break up. Over the course of twelve hours, they retrace the steps of their relationship, trying to find something in their past that might help them decide what their future should be. The night leads them to family and friends, familiar landmarks and unexpected places, hard truths and surprising revelations. But as the clock winds down and morning approaches, so does their inevitable goodbye. The question is, will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever?
Sweeter Than Fiction (Taylor's Version)
This song is a bonus track on the tangerine edition of "1989 (Taylor’s Version)." Originally released in October 2013 for the film One Chance, the song is inspired by the true story of British singer Paul Potts, who rose to fame on "Britain's Got Talent." In an interview, Taylor Swift revealed that instead of focusing on Paul's rise to stardom, she wrote the song from the perspective of the love story between Paul and his wife, which she found inspiring. This track marked Taylor's first collaboration with her now frequent collaborator and friend, Jack Antonoff.
Right Where I Left You by Julian Winters
School’s out, senior year is over, and Isaac Martin is ready to kick off summer. His last before heading off to college in the fall where he won’t have his best friend, Diego. Where—despite his social anxiety—he’ll be left to make friends on his own. Knowing his time with Diego is limited, Isaac enacts a foolproof plan: snatch up a pair of badges for the epic comic convention, Legends Con, and attend his first ever Teen Pride. Just him and Diego. The way it should be.
But when an unexpected run-in with Davi—Isaac’s old crush—distracts him the day tickets go on sale, suddenly he’s two badges short of a perfect summer. Even worse, now he’s left making it up to Diego by hanging with him and his gamer buddies. Decidedly NOT part of the original plan. It’s not all bad, though. Some of Diego’s friends turn out to be pretty cool, and when things with Davi start heating up, Isaac is almost able to forget about his Legends Con blunder. Almost. Because then Diego finds out what really happened that day with Davi, and their friendship lands on thin ice. Isaac assumes he’s upset about missing the convention, but could Diego have other reasons for avoiding Isaac?