Music is a healing force to many. To pop star Taylor Swift, it is not only healing her heartbreaks but also brings inspirations to many of her top hits. The country pop stardom Taylor Swift is well known to get her music inspiration from her past relationships. Nothing to express more depth, more aching desire than a freshly wounded heart! She poured her raw feelings into her songs and let the music soothed her pain the way she knew best. That was probably why her music has been much loved, well liked and deeply related to her fans. At the age of 20, Taylor Swift became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2010.
Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift photo by Brinana,Camilla Belle Photo by Joella Marano,licensed under CC By 2.0
"Better Than Revenge" is a track from Taylor Swift’s album “Speak Now” which was released on Oct 25th, 2010. The lyrics seemed to aim at actress Camilla Belle, who was rumored to be the reason behind Swift's breakup with Joe Jonas of boy band The Jonas Brothers. Jonas reportedly broke up with Swift over the phone in a 27-second phone call. It happened right after he met Belle while filming the Jonas Brother's music video, "Lovebug" in 2008.
First she described the cheating taken her by surprise:
"She came along, got him alone and let's hear the applause
She took him faster than you could say 'sabotage'
I never saw it coming, wouldn't have suspected it
I underestimated just who I was dealing with"
Then she issued a threat to "the other woman" who stole her boyfriend from her:
"She underestimated just who she was stealing from
She had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum ...
There is nothing I do better than revenge, ha"
The album “Speak Now” deputed at number one on the Billboard 200 albums and sold 1 million copies within the opening week. The album put Swift in Guinness World Records as the “Most simultaneous US Hot 100 hits by a female”. This success surely was a much better way to revenge!
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“Back to December” is another track in Taylor Swift’s album “Speak Now” which was released on Oct 25th, 2010. It was written about Taylor Swift’s relationship with Taylor Lautner. Her brief romance, from August 2009 till December 2009, inspired her to write “Back to Deccember”, on the track, Swift reminisced about a December night when Lautner gave her roses and she left them to die:
"You gave me roses and I left them there to die"
Her regret and her wishes that she could have turned back time to correct the relationship which could have turned out to be a beautiful one:
"So this is me swallowing my pride
Standing in front of you saying I'm sorry for that night
And I go back to December all the time.
It turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you
Wishing I'd realized what I had when you were mine
I go back to December turn around and make it all right"
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After a brief 5-month romance with John Mayer (from November 2009 to February 2010) when she was only 19 years old, Taylor wrote “Dear John” in her smash-hit album “Speak Now” referencing to her heartbreak with John Mayer. Mayer felt humiliated by “Dear John”. He thought Taylor Swift hit him below the belt by mentioning about their age gap and how he “painted her a blue sky” then “turn it to rain”.
"You paint me a blue sky
And go back and turn it to rain"
Taylor expressed her regret for trusting John and even loving him blindly:
Well maybe it's me and my blind optimism to blame
Maybe it's you and you're sick need to give love and take it away
And you'll add my name to your long list of traitors who don't understand
And I'll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can
She described John Mayer as a careless heart-breaker with no compassion and remorse for others' feelings:
"All the girls that you've run dry have tired, lifeless eyes
Cause you burned them out"
But then Swift got out of that relationship with her head held high. She was not that young innocent 19-year-old girl who was buried in her heartbreak and couldn't find her way out of the misery:
"But I took your matches before fire could catch me
So don't look now
I'm shining like fireworks over your sad empty town..."
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Though Taylor Swift never publicly confessed who was her inspiration for the hit song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in “Red” album released Oct 22, 2012, but there have been speculations that it was Jake Gyllenhaal. Swift and Gyllenhaal dated, broke up and got back together, and then broke up again, resulting in the thus-said inspiration of the song. Gyllenhaal is into Indie music and the lyrics mentioned her beau in the song would listen to Indie records to find a peace of mind after a fight with her. In the musical video, the actor gave Swift a scarf just like the one Gyllenhaal gave her.
In the song, Taylor Swift vividly painted the picture of their on-and-off-again relationship involving fighting, making up, getting back then breaking up again. But finally it came to an end. This song confirmed it, too many times of trying is too many times of mistakes:
"But we are never ever ever ever getting back together
We are never, ever, ever getting back together"
Ok, we got it Taylor, you and Jake are history for good!
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Taylor Swift put her high hope in her new blossoming relationship with Conor Kennedy, who she started to date in July 2012, in her song “Begin Again”. The musical video was beautifully recorded in the City of Love with Taylor Swift dressed in romantic vintage lavender gown, just like in a fairy tale love story.
Despite her heartbreaks in the past, she is still out there, believing in love and taking a chance to fall in love all over again:
"I've been spending the last eight months
Thinking all love ever does is break and burn and end
But on a Wednesday in a cafe I watched it begin again"
But like other high profile relationships of Swift, after barely 4 months together, she and Kennedy broke up in October 2012.