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Unreleased | 2019

“Need” is a reject from Taylor’s seventh studio album, Lover (2019). The infamous group Taylor’s Inner Circle obtained in March 2020. Snippets leaked in February 2023.

Background and Lyrical Theme

Taylor’s Inner Circle describes the song, saying: “The music is unlike any other Taylor song with the chords played in a unique way starting and stopping (sometimes with vocal effects added over). Taylor gives fascinating insight into her thoughts on want, desire, passion, lust, danger, and fear. What Taylor needs most is to be with the man she loves. It’s essential, like breathing for her. The music is stripped down during the bridge. A really good song that would have fit well on the album and perhaps been a fan favorite.”

On February 6, 2023, snippets of “Need” leaked online.

Lyrics (not complete)

But can you come around?
Passion here is a passing thing
It’s accidental chemistry (Ah ah ah)
Lust is a liar
Short-lived fire
But it ain’t what you and I are at all

Oh, it’s a need
It’s a need

General Information
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersLouis Bell
Frank Dukes
Taylor Swift
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