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Dark Blue Tennessee

Unreleased | 2004

“Dark Blue Tennessee” is one of Taylor’s many unreleased songs, written by her and Robert Ellis Orrall. It got leaked around 2004 because it was track eight on Taylor’s 2004-2005 Demo CD. A piano demo later also leaked.

Background and Lyrical Theme

On “Dark Blue Tennessee”, Taylor tells the story of a couple who broke up. Both parties are too cowardly and proud to admit to each other that they’re hurting and still in love with each other. Finally, he can’t take the pain anymore and commits suicide. In his suicide note, he confesses that he still loved her and that he would now be in Tennessee for eternity; she doesn’t have to wonder or worry about him anymore.

“Dark Blue Tennessee” was track five in a temporary Fearless tracklist in late 2007, along with “Permanent Marker,” “Tell Me Why,” “I’d Lie,” “Fearless,” “Sparks Fly,” and “Bye Bye Baby” (which was originally called “The One Thing.”

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
He said, “I got me a nice new apartment
In the city, wouldn’t you have hated that?
I’m getting by with a broken heart you left me with”
He hangs up the phone and she whispers back

[Chorus]
Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
Won’t you come back to me?
I’ll be here, today and here tomorrow
In dark blue Tennessee

[Verse 2]
He was lying when he said he moved to L.A
He’s just hiding out on the other side of town
With his head in his hands and she’s just seven miles away
He’s staring out the window and puts her picture down, saying

[Chorus]
Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
Won’t you come back to me?
I’ll be here, today and here tomorrow
In dark blue Tennessee

[Bridge]
She almost called him on the night that he wrote
These simple words on his goodbye note

[Chorus]
Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
Won’t you come back to me?
I’ll be here, today and here tomorrow
In dark blue Tennessee

[Outro]
In dark blue Tennessee

General Information
StatusUnreleased
Leaked2004
Written2004
GenreCountry
Length3:00
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Robert Ellis Orrall
ProducerRobert Ellis Orrall
Early Fearless Tracklist
Leaked Demo Version