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Haunted

Speak Now (2010)

“Haunted” is a pop rock song on Taylor’s third studio album, Speak Now (2010). At its core, it’s a deeply sad song seeping with desperation and confusion, paired with equally as dramatic and swelling instrumentals. Taylor is singing about the end of a relationship that she is still holding on to and “haunted” by.

Background and Production

Taylor wrote “Haunted” alone and co-produced it with Nathan Chapman. She explained the meaning of the song in a since-deleted post on her website:

«‘Haunted’ is about the moment that you realize the person you’re in love with is drifting and fading fast. And you don’t know what to do, but in that period of time, in that phase of love, where it’s fading out, time moves so slowly. Everything hinges on what that last text message said, and you’re realizing that he’s kind of falling out of love. That’s a really heartbreaking and tragic thing to go through, because the whole time you’re trying to tell yourself it’s not happening. I went through this, and I ended up waking up in the middle of the night writing this song about it.»

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Taylor also elaborated on the reason for using a string section in the song, which she was particularly excited about: “I wanted the music and the orchestration to reflect the intensity of the emotion the song is about, so we recorded strings with Paul Buckmaster at Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. It was an amazing experience – recording this entire big, live string section that I think in the end really captured the intense, chaotic feeling of confusion I was looking for.”

Live Performances

Taylor first performed “Haunted” as part of her mini documentary Taylor Swift: Speak Now which aired as a Thanksgiving special on NBC. On her “Speak Now World Tour” (2011-2012), she put on a theatrical performance of the song, complete with dramatic bell-tolling and aerial backup dancers hanging from said bells.

Commercial Performance

Upon the release of Speak Now, “Haunted” debuted and peaked at No. 63 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and stayed on the chart the week after as well. An acoustic version of the song was released on the deluxe edition of Speak Now.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You and I walk a fragile line
I have known it all this time
But I never thought I’d live to see it break
It’s getting dark and it’s all so quiet
And I can’t trust anything now
And it’s coming over you like it’s all a big mistake

[Pre-chorus 1]
Oh, I’m holding my breath
Won’t lose you again
Something’s made your eyes go cold

[Chorus]
Come on, come on, don’t leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Something’s gone terribly wrong
You’re all I wanted
Come on, come on, don’t leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Can’t breathe whenever you’re gone
Can’t turn back now, I’m haunted

[Verse 2]
Stood there and watched you walk away
From everything we had
But I still mean every word I said to you
He will try to take away my pain
And he just might make me smile
But the whole time I’m wishing he was you instead

[Pre-chorus 2]
Oh, I’m holding my breath
Won’t see you again
Something keeps me holding on to nothing

[Chorus]
Come on, come on, don’t leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Something’s gone terribly wrong
You’re all I wanted
Come on, come on, don’t leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Can’t breathe whenever you’re gone
Can’t turn back now, I’m haunted

[Bridge]
I know, I know, I just know
You’re not gone
You can’t be gone, no

[Chorus Variation]
Come on, come on, don’t leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Something’s gone terribly wrong
Won’t finish what you started
Come on, come on, don’t leave me like this
I thought I had you figured out
Can’t breathe whenever you’re gone
Can’t go back, I’m haunted
Oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh, oh-oh-oh

[Outro]
You and I walk a fragile line
I have known it all this time
Never thought I’d see it break
Never thought I’d see it

General Information
AlbumSpeak Now
ReleasedOctober 25, 2010
Recorded2009–2010
StudioCapitol (Los Angeles)
GenrePop Rock
Symphonic Rock
Length4:05
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersNathan Chapman
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