Mr. Perfectly Fine (From The Vault)

Promotional Single | Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Mr. Perfectly Fine (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” used to be an unreleased song written by Taylor during the creation of her second studio album, “Fearless” (2008). It was finally released on April 7, 2021 as part of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”.

Over a decade on from its release, Taylor is re-visiting her second album with the release of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”. As part of her unprecedented battle to regain ownership of her own music, she is re-recording her first six albums, with “Fearless” being the first to see the light of day. Alongside re-working the album, there are a few surprises – including the unearthing of previously unreleased track “Mr. Perfectly Fine (From The Vault)”. When Taylor announced the song, she wrote:

“Me in 2020: life is chill, writing songs based in fiction to avoid drama, feeling pretty grown up. My 2008 music from the vault, in a goblin voice: ‘REELEEEEEEASE MR PERFECTLY FIIIIIIINE'” — Taylor Swift

LYRICS AND PRODUCTION
Taylor co-produced “Mr. Perfectly Fine” with Jack Antonoff, who also contributes acoustic and electric guitar, background vocals, bass, keyboards, percussion, and synthesizer. Mikey and Evan from Jack’s band Bleachers also contributed to some of the backing instruments. The song sounds like a classic Fearless-era Taylor tale of romantic woe.

Describing the guy as “Mr. Perfect Face,” “Mr. Here to stay” and “Mr. Looked me in the eye and told me you would never go away,” in the first verse, Taylor paints a portrait of a man who says all the right things at the right time, before she gets to know “Mr. Change of heart,” right before he breaks hers. The track goes on to reveal that this Mr., of course, has his “arm ’round a brand-new girl,” and though she was willing to stick it out, she predicts he’ll miss her some day and then, well, he’ll be “Mr. Too late.” Taylor told Amazon Music in April, 2021:

“‘Mr. Perfectly Fine’ is a song that I wrote alone. It was definitely an early indicator of me creeping towards a pop sensibility. I’ve always listened to every type of music and even though ‘Fearless’ is a country album there were always these pop melodies creeping in. But I love this song, I love the bridge, I think the lyrics are just wonderfully scathing and full of the teen angst that you would hope to hear on an album that I wrote when I was 17 or 18, or on that cusp.” — Taylor Swift

FROM THE VAULT
Songs “from the vault” were written when Taylor was between the ages of 16 and 18 in the run-up to the release of album two. Back when she initially released “Fearless” in 2008, these tunes were held back for various reasons, including the fact that you couldn’t cram that many songs onto a physical CD – how very 2008. But in 2021, with the re-recording of her second album, Taylor wanted to let fans “into the entire dreamscape that is my fearless album.” In a post to social media, she shared her excitement:

“I’m counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness. Head first, Fearless 💛” — Taylor Swift

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Mr. “Perfect face”
Mr. “Here to stay”
Mr. “Look me in the eye and told me you would never go away”
Everything was right
Mr. “I’ve been waiting for you all my life”
Mr. “Every single day until the end, I will be by your side”

[Pre-Chorus]
But that was when I got to know Mr. “Change of heart”
Mr. “Leaves me all alone,” I fall apart
It takes everything in me just to get up each day
But it’s wonderful to see that you’re okay

[Chorus]
Hello Mr. “Perfectly fine”
How’s your heart after breaking mine?
Mr. “Always at the right place at the right time,” baby
Hello Mr. “Casually cruel”
Mr. “Everything revolves around you”
I’ve been Ms. “Misery” since you said goodbye
And you’re Mr. “Perfectly fine”

[Verse 2]
Mr. “Never told you why”
Mr. “Never had to see me cry”
Mr. “Insincere apology so he doesn’t look like the bad guy”
He goes about his day
Forgets he ever even heard my name
Well, I thought you might be different than the rest, I guess you’re all the same

[Pre-Chorus]
‘Cause I hear he’s got his arm ’round a brand new girl
I’ve been pickin’ up my heart, he’s been pickin’ up her
And I never got past what you put me through
But it’s wonderful to see that it never fazed you

[Chorus]
Hello Mr. “Perfectly fine”
How’s your heart after breakin’ mine?
Mr. “Always at the right place at the right time,” baby
Hello Mr. “Casually cruel”
Mr. “Everything revolves around you”
I’ve been Ms. “Misery” since you said goodbye
And you’re Mr. “Perfectly fine”

[Bridge]
So dignified, in your well-pressed suit
So strategized, all the eyes on you
Sashay away to the best seat
It’s the best seat, in the best room
Oh, he’s so smug, Mr. Always Wins
So far above me, in every sense
So far above being anything
And it’s really such a shame
It’s such a shame
‘Cause I was Miss Here To Stay
Now I’m Miss Gonna Be Alright Someday
And someday maybe you’ll miss me
But by then you”ll be Mr. Too Late

[Chorus]
Hello Mr. “Perfectly fine”
How’s your heart after breakin’ mine?
Mr. “Always at the right place at the right time,” baby
Hello Mr. “Casually cruel”
Mr. “Everything revolves around you”
I’ve been Ms. “Misery” since you said goodbye
And you’re Mr. “Perfectly fine”
You’re perfectly fine

[Outro]
Mr. “Look me in the eye and told me you would never go”
You said you’d never go away

General Information
AlbumFearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedApril 7, 2021
RecordedNovember 2020–February 2021
Written2009
GenreCountry Pop
Length4:37
LabelRepublic Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersJack Antonoff
Taylor Swift
FEARLESS CHRONOLOGY
You All Over MeMr. Perfectly FineWe Were Happy
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Official Audio