Taylor Swift is one of the most celebrated songwriters in recent memory. Since her debut in 2008, she's set herself apart from the pack with a poetic flair that captivates listeners. Her ability to narrate her own experiences through music has landed her nine original albums and a series of re-recordings, each filled with lyrical masterpieces. From poignant break-up tracks to revenge anthems, she doesn't hold back and gives us all the feels. And her newest album, Reputation, is no exception.
Unlike some of her previous releases, the singer/songwriter is more concise and direct here. With the track titled "Dear John," she clearly takes aim at someone who hurt her in a relationship. And the lyrics show just how gut-wrenching that experience was. She also chides him for being manipulative and a game player, taking advantage of how much she cared about him.
Another song that focuses on an old flame, this swaying ballad reveals how Swift was able to pull herself out of the mess with some help from a good friend. She also explains how she's learned to appreciate the little things in life.
This song originally appeared on Fearless, Swift's second album that she released under Big Machine Records. However, a few years later, Swift had some major beef with the executive who was in charge of her label at the time and decided to re-release the entire project under Republic Records. The re-released version of the album features the re-recorded version of this song, which is known as "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" to distinguish it from the original release.