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The Very First Night (From The Vault)

RED (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) [From The Vault]” is a song recorded by Taylor for her album RED (Taylor’s Version) [2021], which is a re-recording of her 2012 album RED. She is fondly reminiscing about a past relationship, including the first date. She wishes she could go back in time and experience that giddy, love-struck feeling again.

Background and Release

Following her masters dispute, Taylor announced RED (Taylor’s Version), a re-recording of her 2012 album RED, on June 18, 2021. Alongside the deluxe edition of the album, she revealed she would release nine songs, all dubbed “From the Vault” that did not make the 2012 album, one of them being “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) [From The Vault]”.

Lyrical Theme and Production

Taylor co-wrote the uptempo dance-pop song with Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund, who comprise the Norwegian songwriting and music production team Espionage. Their resumé also includes Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” or Train’s “Hey Soul Sister.” Taylor told Amazon Music:

«'The Very First Night' is a song that I made with a production group called Espionage, and they're so cool, so talented. This is actually the first time anybody gets to hear the work we did together because this didn't end up on the album, even though I loved it so much and told myself that someday it would come out. It's a song about a common theme on the RED album, which is reminiscing. Reminiscing about something that's over now, and reminiscing about the good times, and how powerful memories can be.»

Taylor Swift
With a combination of drums, acoustic guitar and her vocals, Taylor creates an atmosphere of rush and haste, which is reminiscent of young love. To stress the magnitude of her emotions, she employs repetition multiple time throughout the song, most notably in the refrain.

Critical Reception

“The Very First Night” received positive reviews from music critics. Bobby Olivier of Spin called it and “Message In A Bottle” “bygone-era sugar bops”. This was a repeated sentiment throughout reviews, with the two songs being explicitly tied. Paul Bridgewater of Line of Best Fit wrote, ““Message in Bottle” and “The Very First Night” are A-grade Swift and would fit easily on RED’s follow-up 1989“.

Commercial Performance

Upon the release of RED (Taylor’s Version), “The Very First Night” debuted at No. 61 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the week ending November 26, 2021.

Lyrics

[Chorus]
I wish I could fly
I’d pick you up and we’d go back in time
I write this in the sky
I miss you like it was the very first night

[Verse 1]
And so it goes, every weekend the same party
I never go alone, and I don’t seem broken hearted
My friends all say they know everything I’m going through
I drive down different roads, but they all lead back to you
‘Cause they don’t know about the night in the hotel
They weren’t riding in the car when we both fell
Didn’t read the note on the Polaroid picture
They don’t know how much I miss you

[Chorus]
I wish I could fly
I’d pick you up and we’d go back in time
I write this in the sky
I miss you like it was the very first night

[Verse 2]
And so it was, we never saw it coming
Not trying to fall in love, but we did like children running
Back then we didn’t know we were built to fall apart
We broke the status quo then we broke each other’s hearts
But don’t forget about the night out in L.A.
Dance in the kitchen, chase me down through the hallway
No one knows about the words that we whisper
No one knows how much I miss you

[Chorus]
I wish I could fly
I’d pick you up and we’d go back in time
I write this in the sky
I miss you like it was the very first night

[Refrain]
Take me away, take me away
Take me away, to you, to you
Take me away, take me away
Take me away to you, to you

[Verse 3]
I remember the night at the hotel
I was riding in the car when we both fell
I’m the one on the phone as you whisper
“Do you know how much I miss you?”

[Bridge]
I wish that we could go back in time
And I’d say to you
I miss like you it was the first night

[Chorus]
I wish I could fly
I’d pick you up and we’d go back in time
I write this in the sky
I miss you like it was the very first night

[Refrain]
Take me away, take me away
Take me away to you, to you
Take me away, take me away
Take me away to you, to you

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General Information
AlbumRED (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedNovember 12, 2021
Recorded2021
Written2010-2012
GenrePop
Length3:20
LabelRepublic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Amund Bjørklund
Espen Lind
ProducersEspionage
Tim Blacksmith
Danny D
RED CHRONOLOGY
RunThe Very First NightAll Too Well (10 Minute Version)
Lyric Video
Official Audio