At that age, I don’t think that love with the opposite sex really registered for me yet, but I understood missing people in a different place, and I understood wondering if those people and the place missed me too.
Then the album dropped later in the year, and I had learned some things.
At this point, I kind of understood what heartache was.
This was the point where “Everything Has Changed”: my version of Swift’s Abby was being told “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” because the boys in high school caused us to drift apart, and I wasn’t feeling like a “Sad Beautiful Tragic” angst-y middle school student anymore.
But Swift knew, and she held that close as she pursued her dreams like being on the cover of Vogue, or hosting Saturday Night Live.
This album comes out another two years later, after Taylor Swift started dating Taylor Lautner and after Kanye West infamously took the mic from Swift at the 2009 MTV Music Video Awards.
came out, “gossip blogs will scour the lyrics for the men they can attribute to each song, as if the inspiration for music is as simple and basic as a paternity test” (Swift’s words, not mine).
She’s not wrong; since putting Joe Jonas on blast all those years ago, the public has attributed every public affair that the singer has ever had to each song that she has written and released.