Taylor Swift Songs for Every Stage of the Breakup

Denial

1. Come in With the Rain

  • Key lyric: “I’ll leave my window open, ‘cause I’m too tired at night to call your name. Just know I’m right here hoping that you’ll come in with the rain.”

3. Forever and Always

  • Key lyric: “And I stare at the phone, he still hasn’t called…and you flashback to when he said forever and always.”

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99. “Cowboy Like Me,” Evermore (2020)

Had Swift lacked the charisma to become a star herself, I like to think she would’ve become one of those Nashville jobbers who lurks behind the scenes writing radio hits for other artists. This twangy ballad about con artists who fall in love feels like the work of that alternate-reality Swift. Fortunately, the lived-in cynicism of the lyrics belies the tune’s anonymous qualities.

12. “Out of the Woods,” 1989 (2014)

Like Max Martin, Jack Antonoff’s influence as a collaborator has not been wholly positive: His penchant for big anthemic sounds can drown out the subtlety of Swift, and he’s been at the controls for some of her biggest misfires. But boy, does his Antonoff thing work here, bringing a whole forest of drums to support Swift’s rapid-fire string of memories. The song’s bridge was apparently inspired by a snowmobile accident Swift was in with Harry Styles, an incident that never made the tabloids despite what seemed like round-the-clock coverage of the couple — a subtler reminder of the limits of media narratives than anything on Reputation.

Bargaining

1. Come Back…Be Here

  • Key lyric: “I don’t want to miss you like this…Come back, be here.”

2. I Wish You Would

  • Key lyric: “I wish you knew that I miss you too much to be mad anymore.”

3. Back to December

  • Key lyric: “Wishing I’d realized what I had when you were mine. I’d go back to December, turn around and make it alright”

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