Showing posts with label Red Album. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Red Album. Show all posts

Monday, November 25, 2013

"The Last Time" Music Video

Here is the music video for "The Last Time" by Taylor Swift from her "Red" album.

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


Monday, September 23, 2013

"Sad Beautiful Tragic" Song Meaning

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

At first I thought this song might have been about Jake Gyllenhaal, the hint in the song was WHILE YOU WERE ON A TRAIN.  Over the last few weeks I've gained some more insight to this song, specifically from Taylor.

She didn't perform this song until September 8th, the last month of her Red USA tour.  And then she performed it the very last night of her Red tour.  The reason she didn't perform it before and performed it the last night is it is a song that is REALLY special to her.  She even tweeted about performing it live, and she doesn't normally do that.  If it was a song about Jake, she wouldn't have had so much reservation about performing it and she wouldn't have saved it til the last night of her tour when her fans were begging her to perform, "Tied Together With A Smile".

"What a sad, beautiful, tragic love affair..." Live in St. Paul, MN:
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) September 9, 2013

Taylor said in her stories behind the red songs, "Sad Beautiful Tragic is a song that wrote while I was on tour. It was just reflecting on something that was lost, and you can't get it back."

What was lost?

Taylor and Austin Swift
Her parents love, her parents have separated and/or divorced.  I don't really know all the details, and don't need to know, but this song is about their love..

That's why it means so much to her, why she had hesitations about performing it, and why she performed it at her finale concert.

On September 8th in St. Paul Minnesota she said, "This is a song that I wrote about how just because something is over doesn't mean it wasn't incredibly beautiful.  Cause another lesson I've learned is that not all stories have a happy ending and you have to learn how to deal with that. This is a song about a story that didn't end so happily, but it was still supposed to happen.  This is called, Sad Beautiful Tragic."

She has had to learn how to deal with her parents not being together.

On September 21, 2013 Taylor said in her introduction to this song, "It's [Red] an album I'm really proud of and I'm so glad you welcomed it into your life. On the last night of the Red tour I kind of want to play a song from Red that I never really play, but it's a song that really means a lot to me because a lot of the time when you think about love you think about how it has to have a happy ending for it to count but this is a song that I wrote about a love that didn't have a happy ending, but it was still worth writing about, and it's worth singing about. This is called Sad Beautiful Tragic."

Like Taylor said, her parents marriage was supposed to happen.  Taylor and Austin would not have been born, and Taylor still loves both her parents.  This song means alot to me too.  My parents are divorced and things were not always amicable between them, but I love them both dearly.  My dad passed away and there is a giant hole in my heart.  I don't regret that they got together, but rather celebrate it like Taylor does. I am both of them, both of them are part of me.

"distance, timIng, breakdowN, fighting
silence, the train runs off its tracks
kiss me, try to fix it
could you just try to listen?
hang up, give up and for the life of us
we can't get back..."

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Sad Beautiful Tragic."

Distance, timing, breakdown, fighting, silence.  They were the driving factors in her parents split.  They couldn't make up.  But in spite of that they had "a beautiful magic love". You can't always get happily ever after back, but the journey of love and what it brings is worth it.

Austin, Scott, Andrea and Taylor

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

"Stay Stay Stay" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is "Stay Stay Stay" from her "Red" album.

Who is this song about?

It's not about a specific person, from her liner notes Taylor was "DAYDREAMING ABOUT REAL LOVE."

Taylor says in her stories behind the songs interview, "The song 'Stay Stay Stay' is a song that I wrote based on what I've seen of real relationships, where it's not perfect, there are moments where you're just so sick of that person, you get into a stupid fight. It's still worth it to stay in it. There's something about it that you can't live without. In the bridge it says, 'I'd like to hang out with you for my whole life' and I think that's what probably the key to finding the one, you just want to hang out with them forever."

In the song she gets mad at her boyfriend, throws her "phone against the room" at him, but even with all this anger he decides to stay.  He stays and keeps doing the things that she likes about him, "carry my groceries", taking "the time to memorize me" and she just likes "hanging out" with him.

I really hope that Taylor finds this true love.  I have found this love, and have been married to him for 7 years.  It is hard sometimes and things don't always go as planned, but when you have something special, it is so worth it to "stay stay stay".

Click here for the lyrics to the song, "Stay Stay Stay".

Thursday, July 4, 2013

"Red" Music Video

Check out Taylor's latest video. It's footage from her tour. Happy 4th of July. I'm so excited to see her concert next week!

Click here to see the meaning of the song "Red". 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

"22" Music Video

Taylor Swift's new music video "22" is here!  And today is the start of her Red Tour!

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".

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

"I Knew You Were Trouble" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "I Knew You Were Trouble" from her "Red" album.

This song is definitely a pop song.  It has a catchy chorus, a distinct beat and her voice is definitely in pop mode. I love it.

In her preview of the song on Good Morning America Taylor said, "The song we're releasing tonight ... it's a song that's one of my favorite songs on the album because it sounds just as chaotic as the feeling was when I wrote it. It's a song about kind of being frustrated with yourself because you have your heart broken and you knew when you first saw that person you saw all these red flags and you just went for it anyway, 'So, shame on me.' "

Who is this song about?  I had my suspicions when I first heard the song, but after watching the music video I definitely know who it is. It is about John Mayer!

Here are some of the clues from the lyrics. The first is, "Once upon a time, a few mistakes ago".  There are some rumblings that this is about Harry Styles, it is not, why not?  This line.  John Mayer was definitely a few mistakes ago.

She says that this guy "never loved me or her or anyone or anything."  And that as soon as she "fell hard" he "took a step back."  How many women has John Mayer tried to get just so he could dump them?  Taylor definitely knew he was "trouble when you walked in" and in the end "heard you moved on from whispers on the street" and she knew she was just "a new notch in your belt."  She sings about not really knowing the status of their relationship, just wanting to talk to him again when she saw him CMT awards in the song "The Story of Us".   John Mayer clearly never gave any closure to Taylor, boo John Mayer.

The other clues come from the music video.  The guy in the music video has a lot of tattoos  as does John Mayer.  The guy in the music video plays the guitar and is a musician, John Mayer certainly is that.  The other may come from the necklace that is featured prominently in the video.  It seems to be one that is half of another necklace, and it appears that the guy in the video is wearing the other half at times.  He gives this necklace to her and is seen wearing it.  In the end she drops it on the ground to signify the end of their relationship.  Taylor and John sang "Half of My Heart" together for John's album "Continuum".  Taylor is also seen wearing a leather jacket, much like one that John Mayer wore while they were dating.

What is most important about this song though is Taylor communicating her feelings about how she lost herself in the whole relationship.  In the music video she has a voice narration introduction, she says "I think that the worst part of it all wasn't losing him, it was losing me".  She knew "his world moved too fast and burned too bright" but wondered how "the devil be pulling me towards someone who looks so much like and angel when he smiles at you?"  The video focuses on Taylor's confusion and loss of herself.  She wakes up in the ruins of a party, very disheveled.  The mood of the video is very melancholy and bleak, void of bright and vibrant colors. At the end of the video she says, "I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are".  Taylor has definitely moved on, is happy and dating again, and I am happy for her, because John Mayer definitely was trouble.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

"I Knew You Were Trouble" Music Video

Here's Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" music video, with the introduction narration and the ending narration.

Click here for the meaning of the song, "I Knew You Were Trouble".


"I think, I think when it's all over it just comes back in flashes you know
It's like a kaleidoscope of memories, but it just all comes back.
But he never does.

I think part of me knew the second I saw him that this would happen
It's not really anything he said or anything he did
It was the feeling that came along with it
And crazy thing is I don't know if I'm ever going to feel that way again.
But I don't know if I should.

I knew his world moved too fast and burned too bright, but I just thought,
How could the devil be pulling me towards someone who looks so much like and angel when he smiles at you?
Maybe he knew that when he saw me.
I guess I just lost my balance.

I think that the worst part of it all wasn't losing him, it was losing me."


"I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are."

I Knew You Were Trouble Lyrics (Red Album)

Written by Taylor Swift, Max Martin, Shellback

once upon a time, a feW mistakes ago
i was in your sigHts, you got mE aloNe
You found me, you fOund me, you foUnd me…
i gueSs you didn't cAre and i guess i liked that
and i When i fell hard, you took a step back
without Me, without mE, without me…
and he's long gone when he's next to me
and i realize the blame is on me, cause

i knew you were trouble when you walkeD in
so shAme on me Now
flew me to plaCes i’d never been till you put me down
oh I knew you were trouble when you walked iN
so shame on me now
flew me to places i’d never been
now i’m lyinG on the cold hard ground
oh oh trouble, trouble, trouble
oh oh trouble, trouble, trouble

no apologies, he'll never see you cry
pretends he doesn't know that he's the reason why
you're drowning, you’re drowning, you’re drowning…
and i heard you moved on from whispers on the street
a new notch in your belt is all i’ll ever be
and now i see, now i see, now i see…
he was long gone when he met me
and i realize the joke is on me


and the saddest fear
comes creeping in
that you never loved me
or her...or anyone...or anything


i knew you were trouble when you walked in
trouble, trouble, trouble
i knew you were trouble when you walked in
trouble, trouble, trouble

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

"Girl At Home" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Girl At Home" from her deluxe Target Red album.

I so relate to Taylor in this song.  I have known plenty of guys in my lifetime that were dating someone else and flirting incessantly with other girls or weren't dating anyone specifically, but flirted with every girl they knew.

Taylor tells Yahoo music, "And there's a song called 'Girl at Home,' which was about a guy who had a girlfriend, and I just felt like it was disgusting that he was flirting with other girls."

Who is the guy that was flirting with other girls?

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles, Central Park 2012
I thought about it long and hard, and decided on Harry Styles!  They met at the 2012 Nickelodeon's 25th Annual Kids' Choice Awards introduced to each other by Justin Bieber and while he was nice, he flirted with tonz of girls.  He even kissed Emma Ostilly after he met Taylor.

Taylor shows that she has interest in him, "it would be a fine preposition" but she would only go along with it "If I was a stupid girl/And yeah I might go with it/If I hadn't once been just like her." He's "the kind of man who makes me sad/While she waits up/You chase down the newest thing/And take for granted what you have."  She has had this happen a few times to her, one of the biggest ones being Joe Jonas, which she sings about in "Better Than Revenge".

I am proud of Taylor for not going along with this flirtatious guy.  I know from experience that they can be very charming to you and to every other girl they meet, and it only ends in heartbreak.

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Girl At Home".

Monday, November 26, 2012

"Come Back, Be Here" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "Come Back, Be Here" from her deluxe Target Red album.

Taylor tells Yahoo Music "There's a song I wrote with Dan Wilson called 'Come Back... Be Here,' which I wrote about falling for someone and then they have to go away for work.  They're traveling, you're traveling, and you're thinking about them, but you're wondering how it's gonna work when there's so much distance between you."

Who is it about?  Who lives far away from Taylor?

Walgreen's Meet and Greet

I thought about this long and hard. I thought it could be Jake Gyllenhaal because they had to travel during their romance and he was in London while they were dating, but I don't think he had to travel very soon in their relationship and Taylor lived in New York at the time.  Why would she say "You're in New York today" twice in the song?

This song is about Eddie Redmayne!  

Eddie Redmayne
Taylor met him when she was being considered for a role in Les Miserables in October 2011.  (BTW, I am very sad that she is not in that movie.  It is one of my favorite musicals, I know all the words and I am so excited for the movie production and I thought Taylor would have been perfect for the role of Eponine.  But either she turned it down because of her album, or they chose someone else.  I have a feeling she turned it down because of the album) But she had to say goodbye after they met.  "You said it in a simple way 4am, the second day/How strange that I don’t know you at all/I stumble through the long goodbye/One last kiss then you catch your flight/Right when I was just about to fall." She had to say goodbye to him just as she was falling for him.  Eddie also lives in London, "I guess you are in London today". It also mentions him being in New York and her being in New York with "taxi cabs and busy streets".  They were both traveling during this time.  She was finishing her Speak Now tour and he was promoting "My Week With Marilyn". Eddie was in New York for the premiere of "My Week With Marilyn" and Taylor was in New York Madison Square Gardens for her tour, but not at the same time.

There was just no time for them to get to know one another.  Too bad they were never in the same city and given a chance to date.

Click here for the lyrics to the song, "Come Back, Be Here".

Friday, November 16, 2012

"The Lucky One" Song Meaning

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

Who is this song about?

"The Lucky One" cover art, courtesy of
It is about Taylor's fears and stories of people she has been inspired by. She doesn't explicitly say who is the main person in the song.  (*When I met Taylor I asked her how many people this song was about, she said three and there are three verses, Coincidence? I think not.)  I think it is about many people.  It could be about Joni Mitchell, Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn etc.  Who do you think it is about specifically?

The subject of the song starts out being "The Lucky One", The camera flashes make it "look like a dream/You had it figured out since you were in school/So overnight, you look like a 60s queen/Another name goes up in lights/Like diamonds in the sky..."  But end up not being happy even though "they tell you that you're lucky but you're so confused/cause you don't feel pretty, you just feel used." She talks about how they have known when to disappear, to enjoy their life more.  Then she talks about how she has become "The Lucky One".

Click here for the lyrics to the song, "The Lucky One." 

Taylor says in her Paint the World Red website, "The 'Lucky One' is a song I wrote while I was in Australia.  It kind of talks about some of my fears through telling the story of other people that I was inspired by.  More than their stories being told, I'm pretty much singing about what I'm scared of in that song, ending up kind of caught up in this whole thing and lonely and feeling misunderstood and feeling like when people think you're lucky that you're really not.  It kind of expresses my greatest fear of having this not end up being fun anymore, having it end up being a scary place. Some people get there, some people end up there. It's a story song and its something I'm really proud of because it kind of goes to a place that I'm terrified of."

Being famous can be fun at first, but people have ended up in a scary place over time. Taylor says, "Everybody's got their way of dealing with it. And for me, sometimes it's surrounding myself with my friends and venting, sometimes it's staying up at the piano until four o'clock in the morning, sometimes it's watching TV and forgetting about all of it, sometimes it's calling my mother up and crying. Sometimes you have a really bad day."

Your life is constantly also analyzed.  Taylor said, "There's a lot of trade-offs. There's the microscope that's always on you. The camera flashes, the fear that something you say will be taken the wrong way and you'll let your fans down. There's the fear that you'll be walking down the street and your skirt will blow up and you'll be in the news for three months."

Right now it's worth it for her, right now. Taylor says,  "You're scared of a lot of things for a lot of the time, but the trade-off of being able to get on a big stage and sing your songs — it's worth it."  She hasn't ended up like the girls in the song and she knows when her time is up she is going to leave.

She is wise to know when to get out of it, when it's not fun anymore.  She has a very good head on her shoulders.

Taylor told Katie Couric on the Katie show October 26, 2012 "I just feel like there will be a time when I'll probably kind of step a bit backwards from it.  I think that it's important to really live in the moment while you're here, but I also think it's important to know when it's time to walk off stage."

I for one hope it is not anytime soon, but I'm glad that Taylor has a good head on her shoulders and can see that she needs to be happy to keep doing what she does and not get caught up in it.

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.

Monday, October 29, 2012

"Starlight" Song Meaning

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

Who is this song about?

FOR ETHEL is the lyric hint for this song.  It is a tribute to Ethel Kennedy about her marriage to Robert Kennedy.

Taylor says in her stories behind the songs, “Starlight is a song I wrote actually after seeing a picture of, Ethel and Bobby Kennedy when they were seventeen. I saw this picture about a year a half ago, and I didn’t know anything about like, what they were doing or what was going on in the picture, but I just thought ‘They look like they’re having the best night.’ So I wrote this song about what the night might’ve been like. And I ended up meeting Ethel and going and playing it for her and she just loved it. It was such a fun moment when she was just in love with the song and so happy about it. It’s just this adorable picture that to me, it just like brought forth all these potentials for how that night could’ve been.”

In the song Taylor talks about the first time Ethel and Robert met "I met bobby on the boardwalk summer of '45/Picked me up late one night/Out the window we were seventeen."  I think when she refers to having 10 kids "Oooh ooh, we could get married/Have ten kids and teach them how to dream, " she is making up a number, ie lots of kids.  They actually had 11 kids.

Click here for the lyrics to the song, Starlight.

She was able to attend the screening of the HBO special "Ethel" directed by Rory Kennedy in January.

Ethel Skakel Kennedy, center, subject of the documentary film "Ethel," poses with her daughter Rory, the director of the film, and singer Taylor Swift at the premiere of the film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) AP

In an interview with Vogue in January 2011 Taylor says, “The only time in my life I have ever been starstruck was meeting Caroline and Ethel Kennedy, I got to spend the afternoon with Ethel a couple of weeks ago. She is one of my favorites because you look back at the pictures of her and Bobby and they always look like they are having the most fun out of everybody. You know, eleven kids, all these exotic animals on their property. I’ve read a lot about them.”

I'm glad she got to meet one of her icons!

Friday, October 26, 2012

"Everything Has Changed" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is "Everything Has Changed" from her "Red" album.

This is one of my other favorite songs on the album.  She collaborated with Ed Sheeran in the writing and on the track.  I love their voices together.  The song reminds of all the times when you first meet someone and you start to like them.  You get butterflies in your stomach and feel so elated and just want to get to know them better.

Taylor and Ed.
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"I converted a photo of Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift into an Impressionist painting based on VanGogh’s Starry Starry Night."

In Stories Behind the Red Songs, Taylor says, " 'Everything Has Changed' is a song that I wrote with Ed Sheeran and he is such a talented person in so many ways. He is such an incredibly talented guitar player, and singer and songwriter and performer.  Writing this song with him was so much fun. We were sitting in my backyard writing this song and he started singing harmony on it and I asked him if he would record it with me as a duet. Because it's about this moment that both people are having when they see each other and all of the sudden the world looks different because everything's changed."

Who is this song about?

Can you spot Taylor?
The hint in the lyric booklet is HYANNIS PORT. Do you know what famous family has a vacation spot in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts? The Kennedy's! Taylor Swift spent the 4th of July weekend with the Kennedy's in Hyannis Port.

Who was there that weekend?  Conor Kennedy! who may or may not be Taylor's current boyfriend.  I am not going to speculate.  It is about when she first met him that weekend.

 "All I know since yesterday/Is everything has changed/And all I’ve seen since 18 hours ago/Is green eyes and freckles/And your smile in the back of my mind making me feel like/I just want to know you better, know you better, know you better now."

Taylor likes to say the eye color of guys in songs, and Conor has green eyes and freckles.

Taylor is elated, and "All I know is pouring rain."  She dreams of getting swept off her feet in the pouring rain and many songs reference rain.  I'm glad she shared this special moment!

Click here for lyrics to the song, "Everything Has Changed."

Click here to see the music video for "Everything Has Changed".

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 23, 2012

"22" Song Meaning

Today's Taylor Swift song is the meaning of "22" from her "Red" album.

In an interview with Ramin Setoodeh Taylor says, "Having written a song called 'Fifteen,' about how much I learned at age 15, and how that was a really heavy year for me. I learned a lot of lessons the hard way and it was a vulnerable age. And 22 is a vulnerable age, but you’re a little more brave. You’re a little more ready to take risks and live with the consequences. To me, the song '22' has a more carefree background to it. Because the age of 22 is much more carefree for me than 15 was."

Who is it about?

Dianna Argon, Ashley Avignone, Taylor Swift, Claire Winter Kislinger, April 24, 2012, celebrating Shirley MacLaine's birthday.
Taylor says in her Paint the World Red website, "I wanted to write a song about what my summer had been like, with my friends with that kind of attitude of like 'We are in our 20's and we don't know anything and it's awesome.'  It's kind of fun to embrace that and I've got to say that's probably one of the biggest choruses on the record."

It's a song dedicated to her best friends! In the song, the names ASHLEY, DIANNA, CLAIRE, SELENA are in all caps in her lyric hidden messages.

These girls are: Ashley Avignone(@ashavignone) , Dianna Agron(@DiannaArgon), Claire Winter Kislinger (@ClaireWinter) and Selena Gomez (@selenagomez).

With her friends Taylor is "happy, free, confused and Lonely in the bEst way/it’s miserable aNd mAgical, oh yeah/tonight’s the night when we forget about the heartbreaks, its time". She can let go of her inhibitions to "dreSs up like Hipsters/and make fun of our exes/forget About the deadlines". She "gotta have" her best friends.

Click here for lyrics to the song, "22".

Who are these people? We all know Selena Gomez.

Selena Gomez and Taylor have been "best friends for four years (now five years)”. Taylor said at her "Speak Now" Nov. 22 concert at NYC’s Madison Square Garden where she performed "Who Says" with Selena.
Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez at Taylor's November 22 "Speak Now" concert at Madison Square Garden.
Selena says "One of my favorite stories with Taylor Swift was when I was going through a very hard breakup. She came to my house at 10:30 at night and knocked on my door. I opened it, and she had two big bags of junk food, cookies, Snickers and soda, She put it on the table, put her laptop on, we made a video, and she told me that now we could look forward to breakups, since we know the other one will get us junk food."

The others are friends are people who have been seen in her Twitter pictures recently.

From her LinkedIn profile Claire Winter Kislinger is the PR Director and Senior Accounts Manager at Cathy Waterman Inc. Dianna Argon, plays Quinn Fabray on the series Glee. She is a singer, dancer and an actress. Ashley Avignone is a stylist.

They get together and have fun crazy times.
Taylor's tweet April 25, 2012 "We dressed up full-time fancy and went out in celebration of Shirley MacLaine's birthday. @DiannaAgron @AshA" Top left: Dianna Argon and Taylor Swift, Bottom right: Dianna Argon, Ashley Avignone, Taylor Swift, Claire Winter Kislinger. (Picture taken April 24, 2012)

Dianna Argon's costume birthday bash April 28, 2012. L to R: Taylor Swift, Claire Winter Kislinger, Dianna Argon, and Ashley Avignone.
"Evidently, it was 'face paint Wednesday' last night. ash drew a unicorn on Claire Winter's face. Impressed." Courtesy of (journal), Top right: Taylor Swift, Bottom Right, Clire Winter Kislinger, Bottom Left: Ashley Avignone.
Her friends were proud of her during her release of "Red".

Claire Winter Kislinger, 12:07 PM - 21 Oct 12

I am really proud of my friend--her album comes out in 12(!!!) hours and it's amazing. See for yourself: @taylorswift13, #RED, midnight.

Ashley Avignone,10:56 PM - 21 Oct 1

Dianna Argon, 2:36 PM - 22 Oct 12

Congrats @taylorswift13!! Look at you go... Listening party in the trailer & the French are digging it too.

Glad she is having a fun at 22 and has some great friends!

Click here to see the music video, "22".
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