Bye Bye Baby (From The Vault)

Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Bye Bye Baby” was originally an album outtake from Taylor’s second studio album, Fearless (2008), before it was eventually released on the re-recording Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on April 9, 2021. Originally titled “The One Thing”, it is one of the six vault songs from the album.

Background and Release

As part of her unprecedented battle to regain ownership of her own music, Taylor re-visited her second album, Fearless (2008) with the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version), over a decade after the original’s release. Alongside re-working the album, Taylor added six previously unreleased songs to the project, one of them being “Bye Bye Baby”.

A picture of Taylor’s early concept tracklist for Fearless shows that the original title for this song was “The One Thing”. It was likely taken off the album because of it’s similarities to Michelle Branch’s “Goodbye To You”. That’s probably why some changes were made between the leaked demo version and the one that was finally released in 2021. Taylor subsequently tweaked multiple lyrics, including substituting:

‘Cause you took me home But you just couldn’t keep me

For:

From the one thing I thought would never leave me

Lyrical Theme

Taylor wrote the song with Liz Rose, one of her principal collaborators on her first three albums. She co-produced the track with another of her frequent collaborators, Jack Antonoff. Lyrically, “Bye Bye Baby” finds Taylor driving away after splitting from her boyfriend. It seems it was him who instigated the breakup as she still loves him, but all she has now is his sympathy. She is in a state of disbelief because a relationship she was so sure of has unexpectedly ended.

Commercial Performance

“Bye Bye Baby” debuted at No. 49 on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on the week ending April 15, 2021.

Lyrics

General Information
AlbumFearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedApril 9, 2021
RecordedNovember 2020 – February 2021
Written2007
GenreCountry
Length4:02
LabelRepublic Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducerJack Antonoff
FEARLESS CHRONOLOGY
Don’t YouBye Bye Baby
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