Taylor Swift surprised fans with the release of “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” one of the “From the Vault” songs on her soon-to-be-released Fearless (Taylor’s Version) album Wednesday morning. Since she wrote it while she was working on her 2008 album Fearless, it’s only natural that it draws from some of the same experiences as other songs that did make the record. Here are the songs that “Mr. Perfectly Fine” connects to in the Fearless universe!
“White Horse” is a scathing message to a boy who hurt Swift and tries to win her back with unconvincing apologies – “Say you’re sorry, that face of an angel comes out just when you need it to.” On “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” Swift refers to an ex as “Mr. ‘Insincere Apology So He Doesn’t Look Like the Bad Guy.’”
On “White Horse,” Swift also mentions a power struggle within the relationship, sarcastically admitting, “My mistake, I didn’t know to be in love you had to fight to have the upper hand.” This sarcasm returns on “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” with Swift describing her ex as “Smug, Mr. ‘Always Wins,’ so far above [her] in every sense.”
Finally, “White Horse” mentions this boy trying to win her back to no avail, with Swift insisting, “It’s too late for you and your white horse to catch me now.” “Mr. Perfectly Fine” progresses in a similar fashion, and Swift predicts on the bridge, “Someday, maybe you’ll miss me, but by then, you’ll be Mr. ‘Too Late.’”
“Tell Me Why”
With “Tell Me Why,” Swift calls out behaviors she finds unacceptable in her relationship, with a healthy dose of one-liners and metaphors. On the bridge, she asks her partner, “Why do you have to put down my dreams ‘til you’re the only thing on my mind?” Meanwhile, on the chorus of “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” she calls her ex “Mr. ‘Everything Revolves Around You,’” showing his self-centered manner.
“The Way I Loved You”
The bittersweet track “The Way I Loved You” sees Swift missing the passion in a previous relationship once she’s starting to move on with someone new. On the bridge, she admits she’s “not feeling anything at all” with her new partner. She uses that against her ex on “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” describing him as “so far above me in every sense, so far above feeling anything.”
As a bonus, the first verse of “The Way I Loved You” segues into the chorus by saying, “I feel perfectly fine, but I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain.”
“Forever & Always”
In terms of mood and the level of attitude present, “Forever & Always” is probably the most similar Fearless track to “Mr. Perfectly Fine.” It’s all about Swift’s boyfriend breaking his promises and making her question whether she did something to scare him off. On “Forever & Always,” she questions, “You looked me in the eye and told me you loved me, were you just kidding?” Meanwhile, on “Mr. Perfectly Fine,” she says her ex “looked [her] in the eye and told [her that he] would never go away.”
What do you think of “Mr. Perfectly Fine?”