I first heard this song before I became a Taylor Swift fan. Yeah I remember hearing "Teardrops On My Guitar" on the radio and could sing along with it on the radio, but I wasn't a true fan. I heard about this song because it was leaked, yes leaked. So what did Taylor do? She decided to release it early. Genius. And of course her plan worked. Her third album "Speak Now" was hugely successful.
Who was this song about?Taylor told Yahoo music in 2010, "This is a situation where a guy that I just barely knew put his arm around me by the water, and I saw the entire relationship flash before my eyes."
Who was this person?
It may be a little confusing because the hidden word in "Mine" is TOBY, but it is really about Cory Monteith. (Toby Hemingway was in the music video for "Mine". She couldn't have wrote it about him because she didn't know him until after she wrote the song when she was filming the music video. She may have included his name because he was in the music video and/or she was interested in him) Taylor and Cory hung out from January 2010 to about April 2010. They even went bowling together with Selena Gomez. They became good friends. Unfortunately it didn't work out.
Taylor told Yahoo music, "After I wrote the song, things sort of fell apart, as things so often do. And I hadn't talked to him in a couple months. And the song came out, and that day, I got an e-mail from him. And I was like, 'Yes!' Because that one was sort of half-confession and half-prediction or projection of what I saw."
She was scared of him, scared of what could have been.
"It's a song that's about my tendency to run from love. Every really direct example of love I've had in front of me has ended in goodbye and in breakups and things like that, so I've developed this pattern of running away when it comes time to fall in love and stay in a relationship and this song is about finding an exception to that and finding the person that makes you believe in love and realize that it can work out."
This is what she imagined if she hadn't been scared. The song tells the story of a couple meeting. The boy was in college, th girl. a waitress. They fall in love, "You put your arm around me for the first time." They fight, "And I remember that fight, 2:30 a.m." They make up and he says, "I'll never leave you alone." The music video further elaborates on this theme showing them moving in together, getting married, and having children. One day Taylor I hope you find the person that doesn't make you afraid and you can have a great life with them.
Click here for lyrics to the song, "Mine".
Click here to see the music video for the song, "Mine".
*I couldn't write this post without addressing Cory's death. It was a sad day especially for Taylor. I know how she feels. When friends of mine have passed away it is very hard, very hard. I hope that all his family and friends and Taylor have experienced comfort with his passing and remember all the good times they had with him.