On May 18th, Lorde released the track list for Melodrama and "Liability (Reprise)" was the tenth song on the list.
Writing and background
"Liability (Reprise)" is a sister song to "Liability", as "reprise" refers to a "repeated passage in music". The song shows Lorde realizing she is not a liability anymore, as with "you are not what you thought you were". About the meaning Lorde commented:
“I went into thinking I knew what I was doing and thinking I knew exactly who I was at that moment and what I was going to do and the process has been very confronting and intense and awesome and emotional and it turned out that I wasn’t who I thought I was after all.”
On September 26, she performed the song at the Manchester 02 Apollo for her Melodrama World Tour.