Showing posts with label Jake Gyllenhaal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jake Gyllenhaal. Show all posts

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

"Red" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Red" from her "Red" album.

This song is the title song from the album and does a good job describing what the album is about, a lot of intense emotion.  In her Good Morning America introduction she said, “I wrote this song about the fact that some things in life are just hard to forget… because the emotions that are involved with them can be so intense—and to me, intense emotion is red.”  She does a really good job at capturing the intensity of emotion felt when loving someone and the isolation and longing after losing someone you have loved so much. It is such a fun song.  A good mix of country and pop.  In the song Taylor describes as loving a certain guy as "Red" and losing him is like "Blue".  It has a fun and catchy tune.

Taylor also says, "Red is a song that I wrote halfway through making this album and it changed what this album became. This song is about correlating different emotions to different colors.  It hit me all of the sudden that most of the emotions I felt in this process of making this album were red emotions, all the intense ones, at the happy and angry end of the spectrum and it really changed my outlook on where this record was going because to me this song is very different, very descriptive.  It has an edge to it that to me kind of expanded what I wanted to do."

"Red" booklet picture, courtesy of
Who is this song about?

I had a little doubt who this song was about and was waffling back and forth between two people.  I thought it could be Eddie Redmayne.  She was known to have a crush on him. "Come Back, Be Here" is about him. And his name has "Red" in it, and he was in a play called "Red" and a movie called "Powder Blue". But I didn't know if they actually dated.  He seemed to confirm it the other day when he said it was "absolute nonsense" that he and Taylor had dated.  Unless he is hiding a secret romance, I don't think this song is about him.  Then who is this song about?  It is about...well who have all the songs been about on this album?  Jake Gyllenhaal. She fell for him hard and this song describes what she felt like as she was trying to get over him.

I love the imagery in this song, "Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street/Faster than the wind, passionate as sin, ending so suddenly".  Maserati's are racing cars, if you are driving one down a dead end street then it wouldn't be very fun. (Side note, my husband did say it would be fun if the street was very long). Taylor is saying, the romance was so fun and so promising, but all of the sudden it was over and your ride in the Maserati was done because you came to the end of the road.  Like the end of the racing road your relationship road has come to and end.

She then references the colors of autumn saying, "Like the colors in autumn so bright just before they lose it all".  Fall is so pretty, and the colors are amazing.  She dated Jake when she was in New York and they did go upstate to pick apples and probably drove through all the beautiful colors.  I've been in New York this fall/winter and the fall was amazing, the colors were beautiful, but then Hurricane Sandy came and took them away and it has been pretty bleak.  Her relationship was as beautiful as those colors, but like the autumn leaves, the colors faded and it was no more.

She then compares the relationship/breakup to certain colors.  "Loving him was red/Losing him was blue/Missing him was dark grey."  I can really imagine all those colors because I've been through it too.  Love is vibrant and wonderful, you absolutely love the person with all your being, breaking up is certainly blue, you look back and just wonder why, what went wrong, and being alone, missing him is very grey, you sit alone at your house remembering all the fun, red, vibrant things you did with him.  It must have been hard for Taylor, she broke up with him in the winter and the whole world was grey too, just like her.

This song illustrates the pain and regret that can come when you see how good love can be and then lose it. "Regretting him was like wishing you never found out that love could be that strong."  I hope Taylor finds this red intense love again and is able to hold on to it forever.

Click here for the lyrics to the song, "Red".
Click here to see the music video for "Red".

Friday, November 9, 2012

"I Almost Do" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "I Almost Do" from her "Red" album.

In this song Taylor addresses a former flame, one that she wants to get back with, she "dreams you're touching my face."  He tries to get in touch with her, but every time he does "there's no reply".  She can't get back with him, she can't pick up the phone and "say hello to you and risk another goodbye." She has been hurt by this guy before and she doesn't want to get hurt by this guy again.

Taylor says in her Paint the World Red website secret clues, "The song 'I Almost Do' is a song I wrote about the conflict that you feel when you want to take someone back and you want to give it another try, but you know you can't. You can't because it's hurt you so deeply that you know that you couldn't bear to go through that again. So you're sitting there and wondering where they are and hope that they think about you  and that you're almost picking up the phone call, but you just can't. I think I needed to write this song in order to not call that person actually.  I think that writing the song was what I did instead of picking up the phone."

Who is this song about?

 It is about Jake Gyllenhaal!  This song is very similar to "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".  That song is clearly about Jake.  In "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" she asserts herself and says they are not getting back together because she has finally stopped caring what she thought about him.  "I Almost Do" was probably written before "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", when she still cared what he thought, and she cared about him.  She references him being in the "city" after a "long hard week".  Jake has homes in LA and in New York City.

But in her mind she still hopes that "sometimes you wonder about me".  She still has a piece of her heart connected to him and hope that he does too.

Click here for the lyrics to the song, "I Almost Do."

Monday, November 5, 2012

"Begin Again" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Begin Again" from her "Red" album.

On the Good Morning America preview of the song, Taylor said “It’s actually a song about when you've gotten through a really bad relationship and you finally dust yourself off and go on that first date after a horrible break-up, and the vulnerability that goes along with all of that.”

This song talks about two relationships.  The first one is an ex boyfriend who "didn't like it when I wore high heels", "didn't get this song", and never thought she was funny. The second relationship is her new interest.  It is the first date she goes on after 8 months of getting over her ex-boyfriend. He is very sweet to her "But you got here early/You pulled my chair out and helped me in."

Who are these two guys?

Taylor told Randy Lewis of LA Times, "There were a few track list choices I knew I was going to make way in advance. I knew I wanted to bookend the album with 'State of Grace' and 'Begin Again' because they're inspired by the same person who inspired a few songs on the record. I wanted to start and end the album with the first and last song I ever wrote about that relationship."

We know that "State of Grace" is about Jake Gyllenhaal, so this song must be about him too!  He is the first guy, the exboyfriend, and the second guys is Will Anderson the lead singer of Parachute.  They started hanging out at the end of 2011 and were spotted together in December.  Jake and Taylor's relationship got over sometime in February 2011 (after they had broken up and gotten back together a few times) and her first date with Will must have happened sometime in November 2011, "I've been spending the last 8 months thinking all love ever does/Is break and burn and end." This would fit the time frame of 8 months.

Taylor Swift and Will Anderson, December 2011.  
For whatever reason things didn't work out or progress further with Will, but I'm glad "on a Wednesday in a cafe [Taylor] watched it begin again" and she was finally able to get over Jake and "what's passed is past".

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Begin Again".

Click here for the music video to the song, "Begin Again".

Friday, November 2, 2012

"The Last Time" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "The Last Time" from her new "Red" album.

She wrote this song with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol.  It is a duet, he starts off by telling his side of the story and Taylor then tells hers.

Who is it about?
courtesy of
The first clue is a door.  It is a focus of the song.  Taylor says in her Paint the World Red website " 'The Last Song' is a song that I wrote with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol. This was a song I wrote about something I had been going through where you've got.  I picture a door and you've got on the outside of the door standing outside in the cold is this guy who's left his girlfriend over and over again and come back and asked for a second chance over and over and over again. And on the other side of the door you have this girl standing there with tears in her eyes wondering how she could possibly turn him away when she loves him this much, but she can't get hurt again. It's both of these people swearing that this will be the last time.  She is swearing this is the last time she is going to take him back, he swears its the last time he's going to leave her and hurt her.  It's a really intense song and I'm so proud to have Gary on the record."

It is interesting she uses the word "swear" here too, a word she used in "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" to describe "Then you come around again and say 
'baby, i miss you and i swear i'm gonna change'".  The two are connected.

And we have already established,  "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is about Jake Gyllenhaal! Further hints come in the music video.

This is a screen shot from "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together". The guy appears twice in the video at her door, one time he is leaving and looking confused at the door, the next he is knocking at the door wanting to come back. In this song the guy "find[s] myself at your door/Just like all those times before." He then implies he wants to get back together by saying, "This is the last time i’m asking you this/Put my name at the top of your list."  But it is very hard for Taylor, "You find yourself at my door/Just like all those times before/You wear your best apology/But I was there to watch you leave/And all the times I let you in/Just for you to go again."  He comes to the door, apologizes, but then leaves, breaks up with her, and then asks to come back again.  The use of the word again means he has done this before and what word is in WANEGBT?  The word again,
 "Then you come around again and say
'baby, i miss you and i swear i'm gonna change'".

Click here for lyrics to the song, "The Last Time."

The last hint may be one specifically for Jake to let him know what caused her so much pain, LA ON YOUR BREAK.  In between promoting his film "Love and Other Drugs" he went to his house in LA in December 2010.  Taylor joined him for a while and then went back to New York.  She had a party for her birthday, but he stayed in LA.  From the song The Moment I Knew Taylor says, "You said you’d be here, you said you’d be here".  But her never came for her and she was crushed.  This was the last straw, "the moment I knew".  It was her 21st birthday, a big deal birthday and he wasn't there.

(This is probably my least favorite song on the album.  I like it, but I do not love it like I love the other songs.  I think it is Gary Lightbody's influence.  She wrote it with him and to me it sounds like a Snow Patrol song, not a Taylor Swift song.  I like some Snow Patrol songs, just not their slow songs.)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"State of Grace" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "State of Grace" from her "Red" album.

In the Stories Behind the Red Songs Taylor says, "State of Grace is a song I wrote at the beginning process of making this album, and I think it helps to define what the rest of the record is about, just with one line.  There's a line in the song that says 'Love is a ruthless game/Unless you play it good and right'. That's kind of like a warning, for the rest of the record. This is what's going to happen if you don't play this right. This is what could happen if you do. It almost serves as the perfect kind of warning label for the rest of the record.  As soon as you hear that song, there are two ways this could go, you could be good to people, or you could not play fair, and both the outcomes are reflected on the record."

Who is this song about?

Taylor says in her Good Morning America preview for the song October 15th, "I wrote this song about when you first fall in love with someone the possibilities, kind of thinking about the different ways that it could go. It's a really big sound. To me, this sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way." There are several clues, but one especially telling comes in the line, "Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes". Taylor has blue eyes.  Who has blue eyes that Taylor has dated?  Jake Gyllenhaal has blue eyes!  They also have the same astrological sign, Sagittarius, a fire sign.  His birthday is December 19, 1980 and Taylor's birthday is December 13, 1989.

She includes how they met.  Taylor wasn't expecting to fall in love.  In the first part of the song she talks about how life is so busy, "And all we know is touch and go."  Life is just coming and going.  And then she meets him, "And I never saw you coming/And I’ll never be the same." She feel hard, "But this love is brave and wild."

It didn't last though.  She "loved in shades of wrong".  In the liner notes it references their break up, I LOVE YOU DOESN'T COUNT AFTER GOODBYE.  In We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together she says "We break up, you call me...
i love you."  This I love you doesn't count.  And she could also be referencing the fact that she doesn't love him anymore.  Too bad, it sounds like it was great while it lasted.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

"The Moment I Knew" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "The Moment I Knew" from the Target deluxe edition of "Red".

This is one of my favorite songs from the Target edition. It really expresses the feeling of a longing for someone that you love and care about, but isn't there for you. I knew right away when I heard this song who it was about. Any guesses?

Christmas 2010 was a very sad one for Taylor. In an interview with Vogue in February 2012 she said, " 'I really have this great life right now, and I’m not sad and I’m not crying this Christmas, so I am really stoked about that.' Were you crying last Christmas? 'I am not gonna go into it! It’s a sad story'."

The sad story is expressed in this song.

In an interview with Yahoo music Taylor says, " 'The Moment I Knew' "was a song about my 21st birthday party, which was the worst experience ever."

"The Moment I Knew" is about a party around Christmas time, her birthday party "Christmas lights glisten/And it was like slow motion/standing there in my party dress, in red lipstick, with no-one to impress/and they’re all sitting around me singing ‘Happy Birthday To You’." For her birthday party in 2010 she had a Christmas themed party. In an interview with People magazine she says "I definitely want a winter-themed birthday -- Christmas-themed, And I'd really like to have it in my condo. I think that would be wonderful."

She didn't really enjoy it though, the whole nights she "got my eye on the door, just waiting for you to walk in, but the time is ticking/standing there in my party dress, in red lipstick, with no-one to impress," She was waiting for someone that "said you’d be here." There was definitely "one thing missing", someone missing. The person later "called me later and said ‘I’m sorry I didn't make it,’ and I said, ‘I’m sorry too.’/And that was the moment I knew…"

Who was missing at the party?

It was Jake Gyllenhaal. She knew when he didn't show up, when she stood there waiting the whole night that something wasn't right, that the magic was over, "That magic's not here no more" ("All Too Well"). Instead of coming he supposedly bought her a very expensive bracelet and coffee. Money doesn't buy love Jake. They broke up soon after that and Taylor was crying on Christmas. They tried to salvage what they had, but it didn't work out and they are "Never Ever Getting Back Together".

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

"All Too Well" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "All Too Well" from her "Red Album".

This is one of my favorite songs on the album. I love the music and I love the message. It starts out soft and gentle, but grows to a very full song. When Taylor performs this song she even throws in a few head bangs.
The song starts out soft, describing events and feeling associated with new love; "almost ran the red cause you were lookin' over at me", "wide eyed gaze[s]", "singing in the car", "getting lost upstate", "checks turning red",  and "dancing around the kitchen in the refrigerator light". The song takes a dramatic turn when Taylor stops recollecting what that the new love was like and tries to figure out what went wrong. "Well maybe we got lost in translation/maybe i asked for too much/but maybe this thing was a masterpiece/till you tore it all up".  In the end she resigns herself and admits that it is hard to imagine it's over because she "remembers" it all too well.

This happened so many times to me in my life.  I would fall in love with a guy and then nothing, no calls, nothing.  Luckily I eventually found someone that did not go away and I can cherish those initial feelings I felt when we first dated forever.

Taylor says in the stories behind the songs, "This is the first song that I wrote for this record.  It kept coming back to me because it told a story so well in such a full way.  It starts with meeting someone and all the details about that innocent beginning and it follows the story all the way to the bitter end.  It's a really emotional song because it does show you why loss is so painful, because it was once good and you can remember it."

Who is this song about?

Taylor Swift performing "All Too Well" January 26, 2014 at the 56th annual Grammy Awards.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) 2014 Getty Images
A very prominent hint is in the lyrics liner notes, MAPLE LATTES.  Why are maple lattes significant?
Because she got them with Jake Gyllenhaal. According to People Magazine, November 26 Taylor was "in Brooklyn, alongside new boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal. Around 10:30 a.m., the pair popped into Park Slope's Gorilla Coffee for specialty maple lattes, made with pure Vermont syrup." Jake LOVES maple lattes.

There are also countless other clues in the lyrics pointing to Jake.

In the line, "And I left my scarf there at your sister's house", Taylor references Jake's sister Maggie Gyllenhall. Taylor hung out with her when she was dating Jake.

In the line, "We're singing in the car, getting lost upstate/Autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place/And i can picture it after all these days", Taylor references an apple picking date they went on.

They went apple picking in upstate New York on October 22nd, right when the leaves would be changing. According US Weekly, "The two were spotted Saturday at the Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, N.Y, where they toured fall foliage and went apple-picking. 'They were walking through the trees, having fun together," says a local. 'They looked happy. Some of the customers tried to take a photo of them, but they were hiding from them in the trees. They drove through the orchard and bought the apples on the way out.'

Taylor also references a younger Jake, "You used to be a little kid with glasses". The picture says it all.

Jake Gyllenhaal when he was a kid.

While their romance lasted it was magical and special, but sadly the relationship did not last. "And you call me up again/Just to break me like a promise". He broke it off with her, and she "remembers it all too well".  She references an "old scarf from that very first week" that he kept to remember her by. It symbolizes; all the fun times they had, her innocence, being caught up in the magic of love, and missing love when it went away. The break up was so fresh in her mind when she wrote this song.  It was amazing while it lasted and painful to remember when it was over.  "It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well". I hope someday you find that love Taylor and it doesn't go away!

Click here for the lyrics to the song, "All Too Well".

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

"State of Grace" Intro & Lyrics

Yesterday Taylor previewed her song "State of Grace" from her new album "Red" on Good Morning America.

This is definitely another pop song.  It starts out with a beat, not a guitar.  When the guitar comes in it's an electric guitar.  It is more mellow than "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble."   After listening to it a couple of times I love this song.

In the preview Taylor said, "I wrote this song about when you first fall in love with someone the possibilities, kind of thinking about the different ways that it could go. It's a really big sound. To me, this sounds like the feeling of falling in love in an epic way. I hope you like it."

Who is this song about?

It is only a guess at this point, but I think it is about Conor Kennedy or Jake Gyllenhaal. We will have to see when the CD comes out next week and see what hints are in the lyric booklet.  In the first verse she talks about how life is just so fast, "Busy streets and busy lives/And all we know is touch and go."  Then in the next stanza she talks about how "never saw you coming."  She met Conor at a 4th of July Kennedy event.  She met Jake Gyllenhaal at Gwenth's Paltrow's house. Both of these are chance meetings. She mentions that they were alone "Up in your room and our slates are clean/Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes".  Jake definitely has blue eyes, Conors look hazel to me.  Who do you think it is about?

Click here for the updated meaning of "State of Grace".

State of Grace Lyrics (Red Album)

I’m walking fast through the traffic lights
Busy streets and busy lives
And all we know is touch and go
We are alone with our changing minds
We fall in love till it hurts or bleeds or fades in time

And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same

You come around and the armor falls
Pierce the room like a cannonball
Now all we know... is don't let go
We are alone just you and me
Up in your room, and our slates are clean
Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes
So you were never a saint
And I’ve loved in shades of wrong
We learn to live with the pain
Mosaic broken hearts
But this love is brave and wild

And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same

This is a state of grace
This is the worthwhile fight
Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right
These are the hands of fate
You're my Achilles heel
This is the golden age of something good and right and real

And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same
And I never saw you coming
And I’ll never be the same

This is a state of grace
This is the worthwhile fight
Love is a ruthless game
Unless you play it good and right

Friday, September 7, 2012

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" Song Meaning

"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was released as a single from her new album Red August 13, 2012 and broke all sorts of records.

What is this song about?

Taylor was in the recording studio and "this guy walks in that was a friend of my exes and starts talking about how he’s heard we were getting back together and that was not the case,” Swift said. ”When he leaves, Max and Johan [the writers] are like, ‘So what’s the story behind that?’ And so I start telling them the story of break up, get back together, break up, get back together, just, ugh, the worst.” (Taylor Swift, interview with ABC Cynthia McFadden)

It took a while to figure out, but the song is about Jake Gyllenhaal. Here are the clues, mostly from the video:
  • The opening is a city scene much like New York where they had their romance. 
  • She is wearing a gold bracelet and scarf in the video, the bracelet a gift from her birthday from Jake and the scarf is an item of his she wore when she dated him. An item the "boyfriend" gives her in the video. 
  • In one of the scenes there is snow. Taylor and Jake dated in the winter and it was definitely snowing. They dated from October 2010 to December 2010, and then a little in January and February 2011.
  • The "ex" is wearing a blue puffer jacket, one like Jake wore while they were dating. His was full sleeve, the "boyfriend's" was sleeveless. 
  • They broke up in December 2010 and he tried to get back together a month later in January/February 2011, "We haven't seen each other in a month." 
  • In one of the scenes Swift is seen with teacups and plates in a kitchen, Taylor and Jake had coffee dates while they were together. 
  • The boyfriend has a beard, much like Jake did while they were dating. 
  • Last of all, the boyfriend looks a little like Jake.

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