hey so here’s a taylor swift track for every step of your breakup.

by Michael King

Today, after work, I was jamming to a playlist that includes some of Ms. Swift’s work, and I realized the song –– ‘Come Back…Be Here’ –– perfectly captured the feeling of missing someone we know we might be better off letting go.

Then I thought, ‘Hey. I wonder if Taylor has written and performed a song for every step of a breakup?’ (The answer, I’m sure you can guess, is yes.)
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And then, like the Swiftie I am and aspire to be, I found eight tracks to share with all of you. Without further ado, here’s a Taylor Swift track for every step of your breakup:

1. Out of the Woods (live)
For when it’s all so fresh, and their side of the bed still seems warm,
and you just need to ache through it.

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2. Come Back…Be Here
For the days when, goddammit, you just want them to show up
and stay, whether it’s good for you or not.

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3. Look What You Made Me Do
When you’re feeling petty, feeling yourself, and
feeling pretty vocal about it, tbh.

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4. Blank Space
When you’re feeling good enough to dress up, go out,
and see what’s out there, but you probably shouldn’t get too deep.

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5. We Are Never Getting / Bad Blood (mash-up)
For when your ex tries to stay relevant in your life but, tbh,
you’ve kind of closed that door.

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6. Clean
When you’re standing again, breathing again,
and not all of you feels stained with sadness anymore.

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7. Holy Ground
When enough time has passed that you can look back,
with a smile, and remember all the good again.

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8. Begin Again
When somebody comes around and helps you stop looking back
and start looking ahead again.

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And remember, my friends, that you are not alone in your heartbreak. There is, in fact, nothing more human than working to love and be loved.

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