On her new track “Back To December,” which was released to digital-music outlets on Tuesday (October 12), Taylor Swift wants an ex to know she is really sorry for not giving him the love that he deserved.
While fans — who are already eager for her third album Speak Now, which comes out October 25 — will probably focus on guessing the subject of the ballad, it’s important to note that “December” reveals a shift in Swift’s songwriting. She laments the way she messed up her relationship with a seemingly perfect boyfriend, who now finds it hard to trust her.
She sings, “You’ve been good, busier than ever/ Small talk, work and the weather/ Your guard is up and I know why/ Because the last time you saw me/ It still burns in the back of your mind/ You gave me roses and I left them there to die.”
When the chorus kicks in, Swift tries to make amends. “So this is me swallowing my pride/ Standing in front of you saying ‘I’m sorry’ for that night/ And I go back to December all the time/ It turns out freedom ain’t nothing/ Missing you, wishing I’d realized what I had when you were mine/ I’d go back to December, turn around and make it all right/ I go back to December all time.”
Even Swift admits that this song reveals a new side. She told E!, “It addresses a first for me in that I’ve never apologized in song. The person I wrote this song about deserves this. This is about a person who was incredible to me, just perfect to me in a relationship, and I was really careless with him.”
This is the fourth song released in advance of Speak Now‘s late-October due date. The release of the album’s first official single, “Mine,” was followed by the debut of “Innocent” at the VMAs in September . The album’s title track debuted on October 5.