Taylor Swift fans joke that Joe Jonas will 'never be free' after she released a breakup song written around the time they dated in 2008

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Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic
  • Taylor Swift released her second "from the vault" song on Wednesday, titled "Mr. Perfectly Fine."

  • The cheeky breakup track was written around the time she split from Joe Jonas in 2008.

  • Fans are sharing jokes about Jonas being "attacked" and his lasting impact on Swift's songwriting.

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Taylor Swift surprise-released her latest rerecorded song on Wednesday - or, as one fan put it, she "woke up this morning and decided that Joe Jonas is gonna have a bad day."

The rerecorded version of Swift's sophomore album "Fearless," which will arrive on Friday, includes six songs "from the vault." These were written before the album's original 2008 release, but left off the final tracklist "for different reasons."

"Mr. Perfectly Fine" is the second previously unreleased song that Swift has shared so far.

"Mr. 'Perfect face' / Mr. 'Here to stay' / Mr. 'Looked me in the eye and told me you would never go away,'" she sings.

"But that was when I got to know Mr. 'Change of heart' / Mr. 'Leaves me all alone,' I fall apart / It takes everything in me just to get up each day / But it's wonderful to see that you're OK."

The pithy, scathing songwriting recalls other breakup songs from the "Fearless" era, especially the last-minute addition "Forever & Always," which was widely assumed to be inspired by Joe Jonas.

Swift and Jonas dated for a few months when they were both teenagers, even attending the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards as a couple.

But just one month later, Jonas broke up with Swift in a 27-second phone call, according to the "Love Story" singer.

Swift confirmed their split during an appearance on "The Ellen Show" in November of that year.

"When I find that person that is right for me, he'll be wonderful," she said. "And when I look at that person, I'm not even gonna be able to remember the boy who broke up with me over the phone in 25 seconds when I was 18."

"I looked at the call log and it was like, 27 seconds," she added. "That's got to be a record."

Swift has since said she regrets putting Jonas "on blast."

"That was too much," Swift told DeGeneres in 2019. "I was 18. Yeah. We laugh about it now, but that was mouthy. Just some teenage stuff there."

She also seemed to reference Jonas in her song "Invisible String" from 2020's "Folklore," suggesting they've made peace in the years since their breakup.

"Cold was the steel of my axe to grind / For the boys who broke my heart / Now I send their babies presents," she sings.

Their current friendship, however, makes the release of "Mr. Perfectly Fine" even more amusing.

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Because Swift likely wrote the song in 2008, there are plenty of Easter eggs that seem to indict Jonas all over again.

The "Mr. 'Change of heart'" lyric probably nods to an open letter the boy bander published after Swift's 2008 appearance on "The Ellen Show."

"Anytime you are in a relationship for any length of time there are going to be issues," he wrote. "Sometimes they resolve. Other times they lead to a change of heart. This was the case recently."

Another lyric, "Mr. 'Looked me in the eye and told me you would never go away,'" echoes a similar line from "Forever & Always" ("You looked me in the eyes and told me you loved me / Were you just kidding?").

The similarities between the two songs have led fans to joke about "the joe jonas cinematic universe."

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Plenty of fans have posted memes about Jonas' imagined reaction to the song.

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In fact, the "Sucker" singer's name began trending on Twitter Wednesday morning.

"Joe Jonas just minds his own business with his family and he's being terrorized by these songs every other day," one person tweeted.

"i'm so glad taylor dropped mr. perfectly fine because joe jonas was getting too comfortable in society," someone else said.

"joe jonas will never be free," another joked.

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Others delighted in the reaction of Sophie Turner, Jonas' wife, who posted the song on her Instagram story.

"It's not NOT a bop," she wrote.

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Some made jokes about Jake Gyllenhaal, another of Swift's exes, who apparently inspired a slew of songs on her 2012 album "Red."

Swift has confirmed that she plans to rerecord all music she doesn't outright own, which includes her first six albums, through 2017's "Reputation."

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Even Swift herself acknowledged the chaotic energy of releasing "Mr. Perfectly Fine" more than a decade later.

"Me in 2020: life is chill, writing songs based in fiction to avoid drama, feeling pretty grown up," she wrote on Twitter.

"My 2008 music from the vault, in a goblin voice: 'REELEEEEEEASE MR PERFECTLY FIIIIIIINE.'"

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