Bye Bye Baby (From The Vault)

Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Bye Bye Baby (Taylor’s Version) [From The Vault]” is a song on Fearless (Taylor’s Version), which was released on April 9, 2021. Originally, it was titled “The One Thing” and was an album outtake from Taylor’s second studio album, Fearless (2008), before it was eventually released on the re-recording.
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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


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.


General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
AlbumFearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedApril 9, 2021
RecordedNovember 2020 – February 2021
StudiosKitty Committee (London, UK)
Electric Lady New York City, NY)
Rough Customer (Brooklyn, NY)
Conway (Los Angeles, CA)
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Liz Rose
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
Don’t YouBye Bye Baby
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