UPDATED: Taylor Swift has released the official 27-song track list for next Friday’s release of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” a day after teasing fans with the names of the bonus tracks in scrambled anagram form.
“You cracked the codes and guessed all the From The Vault titles. Here’s the full track list, my friends,” she wrote on social media, confirming that the previously unheard songs being included in the collection are “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” “We Were Happy,” “That’s When,” “Don’t You” and “Bye Bye Baby.” A sixth “vault” track, “You All Over Me,” featuring Maren Morris on background vocals, has already been released.
Keith Urban is a full-on duet partner on one of the newly revealed songs, “That’s When,” along with contributing harmonies to another track, “We Were Happy.” He tweeted about the news, writing, “Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner asked if I’d join their band and I said hell yes! They said you’re gonna love our lead singer — she’s fearless.”
.@jackantonoff and @aaron_dessner asked if I’d join their band and I said hell yes!! They said you’re gonna love our lead singer – she’s fearless 😉 We got to sing together and were so happy, and I said that’s magic when stars align like that !!!!! https://t.co/wFKvKtKTgT
— Keith Urban (@KeithUrban) April 3, 2021
“I’m really honored that @KeithUrban is a part of this project,” she tweeted. “I was his opening act during the ‘Fearless’ album era and his music has inspired me endlessly… I’m counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness.”
You cracked the codes and guessed all the From The Vault titles. 👏👏👏 Here’s the full track list, my friends. pic.twitter.com/lC3awlRmm2
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 3, 2021
Swift re-recorded her 2008 sophomore album in its entirety, as she plans to do with all the albums originally recorded for the Big Machine label, with the intention of offering fans (and music supervisors) alternative versions that don’t put money in the pockets of label owners and businessmen she contends have exploited her catalog without her input or consent. What is even more intriguing to her followers than the facsimiles is her promise to dig out never-before-heard songs written during those album cycles and finally record what may have existed only as demos before.
The “Taylor’s Version” track list follows the original album’s for its first 13 tracks, including bringing back Colbie Caillat to recreate her 13-year-old duet part on “Breathe.” From there, it goes into the six songs that were added for a “platinum edition” the year after the original’s release, plus the stand-alone film soundtrack song “Today Was a Fairytale,” which never appeared on any version of the album. The new set is rounded out by those half-dozen “from the vault” tracks, plus, as a capper, an “Elvira remix” of “Love Story,” the original album’s biggest smash.
A day earlier, Swift had gotten a jump on Easter by putting her Easter eggs out on Good Friday, issuing a 30-second video that had all the words from the “vault” titles appearing on screen in random order as anagrams. “The vault door is about to be as unhinged as you’ll think I am after you watch this video. Level: Expert. Happy decoding!”
The vault door is about to be as unhinged as you’ll think I am after you watch this video.
Happy decoding! pic.twitter.com/xBXBXGVcdb
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) April 2, 2021
The song featuring Maren Morris had already been released, so “EMNRA,” for instance, was not much of a puzzle (and it was not Swift signaling that she is a secret NRA member who loves em-dashes). Fans made quick work of the rest, including Urban’s previously unheralded feature spot.
Backward masking-savvy Swift fans also played the 30-second snippet in reverse to pick up these lyrics: “‘I ran into you somewhere / I didn’t mean to stare / I hope she’s never like me / I’m sure she’ll make you happy.”
This is what I’ve decoded
One of the songs features KEITH URBAN pic.twitter.com/3umyI4ADI9
— Saul 💛💛 (@_saulrea_) April 2, 2021