“Throw away everything we’ve built or keep it?”

In ‘You’re Losing Me,’ Swift sings about a failing relationship and feels sick as she watches it fall apart

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Taylor Swift could shed more light on her split from Joe Alwyn earlier this year.

In a new vault track titled “You’re Losing Me,” Swift, 33, sings about feeling sick as a relationship crumbles before her eyes.

Comparing herself to a “phoenix always rising from the ashes, mending all its gashes”, she wonders if she should stay and try to fix the relationship or give it up.

“Do I throw away everything we built or keep it? / I’m getting tired,” she sings.

In the chorus, Swift repeats, “Stop, you’re losing me,” multiple times before adding, “I can’t find a pulse / My heart won’t start for you anymore / ’cause you’re losing me.”

After the chorus, she sings “my pain is such an imposition” as she continues to hint at a failing relationship.

“Now you’re running down the hall / And you know what they all say, ‘You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.'”

In the wake of the exit – out of Midnights (Til Dawn Edition) – fans struggled to make sense of the soulful lyrics, especially in light of Swift’s split from the actor, 32, after more than six years of dating. An insider previously told PEOPLE the breakup was the result of “differences in their personalities” that led them to realize they “weren’t the right person.”

Related: Joe Alwyn Makes First Public Appearance Since Taylor Swift Split

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Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn in 2019

Many fans compared the dark lyrics to those of some of Swift’s most romantic songs, where she sang about being in love – and she was, at the time, with Alwyn.

One lyric in particular from the song’s bridge stood out to fans. Whether Swift and Alwyn had married during their relationship had been a major source of speculation, and in the bridge, Swift sings, “I’m the best thing at this party (You lose me) / And I wouldn’t marry me either.”

In a rare statement about their relationship in 2022, Alwyn joked that WSJ Magazine“If I had a pound every time I think I was told I was engaged, then I would have a lot of coins in pounds.”

He added: “I mean, the truth is if the answer was yes, I wouldn’t say, and if the answer was no, I wouldn’t say.”

After admitting she won’t get married in the song, Swift describes herself as ‘a pathological people-pleasing person’ as she recalls pleading with her partner to ”Do something, baby, say something’ “, while their relationship flounders.

Although many fans are speculating about the root of “You’re Losing Me,” Swift has moved on in the months since her split from Alwyn.

She’s been linked to fellow musician Matty Healy of The 1975 in recent weeks, and the pair were recently spotted sharing a kiss at a party in New York City on Wednesday.

Healy, 34, also attended several of Swift’s recent stops on The Eras Tour and supported her from the crowd. He even took the stage several times himself to perform alongside Phoebe Bridgers, his close friend and one of Swift’s early acts.

Despite recent changes in her relationship, the singer-songwriter told the audience on last week’s show in Foxborough, Mass., that she’s “never been happier.”

Related: Taylor Swift & Matty Healy’s Relationship Over the Years

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“You’re Losing Me” is the second of two new releases from Swift, though it will only appear on a special-edition CD sold at her shows in East Rutherford, New Jersey this weekend. On Friday, she posted Midnights (Til Dawn Edition)which includes another new song, “Hits Different”, which previously only appeared as a Target exclusive track.

Related: Taylor Swift Releases “Karma” Remix With Ice Spice & Share How Collab Was Born: Listen

She also released new versions of two of the album’s original songs, “Karma” and “Snow on the Beach”. In “Karma,” rapper Ice Spice joined Swift, while in “Snow on the Beach” she expanded on Lana Del Rey’s feature, which was featured on the original album release. “You asked, we listened: Lana and I returned to the studio specifically to record more Lana on ‘Snow on the Beach,'” Swift wrote on Instagram when announcing the new release.

As for her collaboration with Ice Spice, the “Maroon” singer described herself as “a huge fan of this brilliant artist and after getting to know her, I can confirm: she’s the ONE to watch.”

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