right where you left me

Bonus Track | evermore (2020)

“right where you left me” apperas on the deluxe version of Taylor’s ninth album, “evermore” (2020).

Taylor wrote “right where you left me,” days before the album was supposed to be mastered. That’s similar to what happened with “folklore“, with “the 1” and “hoax,” which Taylor also wrote days before. Aaron Dessner recalled the moment he found out Taylor had written the song days before deadline:

“It’s a lot to mix 17 songs, it’s like a Herculean task. And it was funny, because I walked into the studio and Jon Low, our engineer here, was mixing and had been working the whole time toward this. And I came in and he’s in the middle of mixing and I was like, ‘There are two more songs.’ [the other one being ‘happiness‘] And he looked at me like, ‘…We’re not gonna make it.’ Because it does take a lot of time to work out how to finish them. But she sang those remotely.  ‘right where you left me’ was something I had written right before I went to visit Justin, because I thought, ‘Maybe we’ll make something when we’re together there.’ And Taylor had heard that and wrote this amazing song to it. That is a little bit how she works — she writes a lot of songs, and then at the very end she sometimes writes one or two more, and they often are important ones.” — Aaron Dessner

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Friends break up, friends get married
Strangers get born, strangers get buried
Trends change, rumors fly through new skies
But I’m right where you left me
Matches burn after the other
Pages turn and stick to each other
Wages earned and lessons learned
But I’m right where you left me

[Pre-Chorus]
Help, I’m still at the restaurant
Still sitting in a corner I haunt
Cross-legged in the dim light
They say, “What a sad sight”, I
I swear you could hear a hair pin drop
Right when I felt the moment stop
Glass shattered on the white cloth
Everybody moved on, I, I stayed there
Dust collected on my pinned up hair
They expected me to find somewhere
Some perspective, but I sat and stared

[Chorus]
Right where you left me
You left me no, you left me, no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever
You left me, you left me no, you left me no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever

[Verse 2]
Did you ever hear about the girl who got frozen?
Time went on for everybody else
She won’t know it, she’s still twenty-three inside her fantasy
How it was supposed to be
Did you hear about the girl who lives in delusion?
Breakups happen every day, don’t have to lose it
She’s still twenty-three inside her fantasy
And you’re sitting in front of me

[Bridge]
At the restaurant when I was still the one you want
Cross-legged in the dim light everything was just right, I
I could feel the mascara run
You told me that you met someone
Glass shattered on the white cloth
Everybody moved on

[Pre-Chorus]
Help, I’m still at the restaurant
Still sitting in a corner I haunt
Cross-legged in the dim light
They say, “What a sad sight”, I
I stayed there
Dust collected on my pinned up hair
I’m sure that you got a wife out there
Kids and Christmas, but I’m unaware
Cause I’m right where
I cause no harm
Mind my business
If our love died young
I can’t bear witness
And it’s been so long
But if you ever think you got it wrong

[Chorus]
I’m right where
You left me
You left me no, you left me no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever
You left me
You left me no, you left me no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever

General Information
Albumevermore
ReleasedDecember 18, 2020
Recorded2020
GenreAlternative
Country
Length4:06
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Aaron Dessner
ProducerAaron Dessner
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