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".


  1. Thanks for confirming what I suspected. So that makes 4 & maybe even 5 - 6 songs about him on this album alone. Is that a record for one guy by Taylor or anyone recording artist about one other person? "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" & "State of Grace," "The Moment I Knew," & "All Too Well," are for sure about him, but I also think "Red" and "I Almost Do" are also about him. Can you do a comparison or checklist of proof that these songs are about him? Thanks!

    1. That's insane, because those songs tend to remind me of the same person in my life too!

    2. I think the last two may be about him too, I'm just trying to gather some proof. I think 10 songs on the album are about him. It seems like a ton to me too!

  2. well almost all of speak now was about john mayer

  3. i really am sorry for taylor, so sad, and so tragic but the song was beautiful...
    *sad beautiful tragic*

  4. That makes sense. And money can't buy love. Sorry Taylor :'(


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