“Don’t You” is the twenty-fifth track on Taylor Swift’s first re-recorded album ‘Fearless,’ originally released in 2008. This is one of the six brand new tracks on the re-recorded album tagged ‘From the Vault.’ The song describes a painful moment when Taylor runs into an ex quite unexpectedly
The move to re-record her first six albums stemmed from the long-standing legal feud between Taylor Swift and her former record label ‘Big Machine Records,’ first of which will be her second studio album ‘Fearless’ from 2008. The re-recorded ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)‘ contains six never-before-heard tracks including a collaboration with Keith Urban. The album releases on April 9, 2021.
Taylor Swift explained the idea behind the song with Spotify; “We wrote it about the idea of seeing someone that you used to have a thing for, and seeing them out in public for the first time after you’ve heard that they’ve moved on. That, you know, your life is kind of in shambles and they have moved on and they’re really happy. And it’s almost like, even them being nice to you hurts you, because you’re like, in such a state of pain and you haven’t moved on yet.
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“Don’t You” Lyrics Meaning and Song Review
The entire song revolves around Taylor Swift running into an ex-boyfriend out in the streets. She knew this day would come as both of them lived in the same town (village?). She dreaded this day because she was not ready to see his face again after being so close and being broken up. She was definitely not ready to see him carry himself so casually when she did bump into him.
Taylor Swift tries so hard to control the flood of emotions that try to burst out on her face when she ran into the ex. She kind of expected to see the same chaos in his eyes. But, he was cool as a cucumber. He smiled and asked how she was doing. This might have been a genuine question and a genuinely sincere gesture. But as Taylor explained above, even the simplest question can irritate the world out of you if both of them are not on the same emotional level.
Taylor heard that he has already moved on–has another girl in his life. She also heard that they are not doing so well. She does not want to hate him for what he has now or leaving her for whatever reason. But she cannot help feel bad about how he looks so okay.
Either this guy is really good at hiding his emotions or he did not really have too many emotions built up from the relationship with Taylor. I think we would all hope not to think it was the latter.
Can exes be friends? Let us know what you think about this song in the comments below. Check out the complete lyrics to “Don’t You” on Genius.