Haley Wittmer

Stop, You’re Losing Me: Taylor Swift Surprise-Drops a Track From the Vault

Music Scene Media
Dec 1, 2023
2 min read

Spotify just released this year's ‘Wrapped’ feature showcasing user’s stats for the year. Along with the drop, Spotify announced Taylor Swift as the Global Top Artist of the year! During the singer’s ‘thank you’ post, Swift announced that her song, “You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” was now available to stream everywhere. Surprise!

“You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” is a part of the Midnights era. If you’ve been following along with the singer, you’ll know that there are additional versions of the album, including: Midnights (3am Edition) and Midnights (Til Dawn Edition). Both feature tracks that were not a part of the standard album. Back in May, when Swift announced the Til Dawn Edition, she also announced that a special version (available on CD only) would be available for purchase at her shows. This version included “You’re Losing Me (From The Vault),” a never before heard track. As the song was only available on physical copies, fans across the world began begging Swift to put it on streaming services. Now, we’re finally able to stream the song wherever we choose. “You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” is one of Swift’s most devastating, heartbreaking songs… and that’s saying a lot. I adore Swift’s ability to be vulnerable and honest in her songwriting, and this song does not hold back.

The track opens with the sound of a heartbeat (yes, it’s Taylor’s) and a shaky breath. She begins the first verse by reminiscing on a conversation, presumably with a partner. Swift is wondering if it’s time to call it quits. “Do I throw out everything we built or keep it?” she sings in the pre-chorus. Throughout the song, Swift continues grappling with the idea of ending this relationship, wondering why her partner doesn’t see her: “How can you say that you love someone you can’t tell is dyin’?” Towards the end, in the post-chorus, it seems like a decision has been made as she sings, “My heart won’t start anymore.” Is this the end? The bridge seems to confirm it, as the singer asks, “How long could we be a sad song / ’Til we were too far gone to bring back to life?” Swift continues through the bridge, singing “And I wouldn’t marry me either / A pathological people-pleaser / Who only wanted you to see her,” a line that caused many fans to pause, mouth gaping. The song fades out during the outro as she tells us again that her heart won’t start anymore.

Like I said before, Swift has always been vulnerable in her songwriting, whether it’s fictional, true, or a combination of both. “You’re Losing Me (From The Vault)” is a song that strikes deep with many people, especially lyric-lovers like myself. It’s heart-wrenching. As Taylor Swift continues releasing music, especially the re-recorded songs, it has me wondering what other vault tracks she has hidden. What else does she have up her sleeve that she could surprise-drop any minute? I guess we’ll find out soon enough!

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