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Come Back...Be Here

Promotional Single | Bonus Track | RED (2012) | RED (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Come Back…Be Here” appears on the deluxe edition of Taylor’s fourth studio album, RED (2012). She sings about a lover lost to distance and time. The re-recording of the song, “Come Back…Be Here (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on November 12, 2021 on the album RED (Taylor’s Version).

Background and Production

The song was written by Taylor and Dan Wilson over a two-day period in spring of 2012, along with “Treacherous” which they also co-wrote together. It is a song about Taylor falling for someone she didn’t know she had feelings for. When the guy leaves and is now across the world from her, Taylor realizes she is actually in love with him. But since they’re both stuck with the pain of long distance, forming a proper relationship is impossible. Taylor told fans at a release party for RED in October 2012:

«It’s a song I wrote about this guy that I met. You know, you meet someone and then they just kinda happen to go away and it’s, like, long distance all of a sudden. And you’re, like, ‘B-b-but, but, come back, be here!’ So it’s a song that I wrote about having distance separate you, which is something I face constantly.»

Taylor Swift

Live Performances

The song is a fan favorite, as it is Taylor’s only “long distance relationship” song. After being asked to perfom the song for years and years, Taylor finally sang “Come Back…Be Here” live in Toronto on August 5, 2018, on her “reputation Stadium Tour“.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You said it in a simple way
4 AM, the second day
How strange that I don’t know you at all
Stumbled through the long goodbye
One last kiss, then catch your flight
Right when I was just about to fall

[Pre-chorus 1]
I told myself, “Don’t get attached”
But in my mind I play it back
Spinning faster than the plane that took you

[Chorus]
And this is when the feeling sinks in
I don’t wanna miss you like this
Come back…be here, come back…be here
I guess you’re in New York today
I don’t wanna need you this way
Come back…be here, come back…be here

[Verse 2]
The delicate beginning rush
The feeling you can know so much
Without knowing anything at all
And now that I can’t put this down
If I had known what I’d known now
I never would have played so nonchalant

[Pre-chorus 2]
Taxi cabs and busy streets
That never bring you back to me
I can’t help but wish you took me with you

[Chorus]
And this is when the feeling sinks in
I don’t wanna miss you like this
Come back…be here, come back…be here
I guess you’re in London today
I don’t wanna need you this way
Come back…be here, come back…be here

[Bridge]
This is falling in love in the cruelest way
This is falling for you when you are worlds away
In New York, be here
But you’re in London and I break down
‘Cause it’s not fair that you’re not around

[Chorus]
This is when the feeling sinks in
I don’t wanna miss you like this
Come back…be here, come back…be here
I guess you’re in New York today
And I don’t wanna need you this way
Come back…be here, come back…be here

[Outro]
I don’t wanna miss you like this
Come back…be here
Come back…be here

General Information
AlbumsRED
RED (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedOctober 22, 2012
Re-ReleasedNovember 12, 2021
GenreCountry Pop
Length3:43
LabelsBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Dan Wilson
ProducerDan Wilson
RED CHRONOLOGY
The Moment I KnewCome Back…Be HereGirl At Home
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