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Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Vintage tee, brand new phone
High heels on cobblestones
When you are young, they assume you know nothing
Sequin smile, black lipstick
Sensual politics
When you are young, they assume you know nothing

But I knew you
Dancin' in your Levi's
Drunk under a streetlight
I, I knew you
Hand under my sweatshirt
Baby, kiss it better, right

And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

A friend to all is a friend to none
Chase two girls, lose the one
When you are young, they assume you know nothing

But I knew you
Playin' hide-and-seek and
Givin' me your weekends
I, I knew you
Your heartbeat on the High Line
Once in twenty lifetimes, I

And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

To kiss in cars and downtown bars
Was all we needed
You drew stars around my scars
But now I'm bleedin'

'Cause I knew you
Steppin' on the last train
Marked me like a bloodstain
I, I knew you
Tried to change the ending
Peter losin' Wendy
I, I knew you
Leavin' like a father
Runnin' like water, I
And when you are young, they assume you know nothing

But I knew you'd linger like a tattoo kiss
I knew you'd haunt all of my what-ifs
The smell of smoke would hang around this long
'Cause I knew everything when I was young
I knew I'd curse you for the longest time
Chasin' shadows in the grocery line
I knew you'd miss me once the thrill expired
And you'd be standin' in my front porch light
And I knew you'd come back to me
You'd come back to me
And you'd come back to me
And you'd come back

And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

Overall Meaning

The song "cardigan" by Taylor Swift is a reflection on youthful love and the heartbreak that comes with it. The first verse sets the scene with the contrast between the vintage tee and brand new phone, and the high heels on cobblestones, depicting the optimistic and adventurous nature of youth. However, these moments are often met with assumptions that the young person knows nothing, as depicted in the second line. The chorus then introduces the character who understood and cherished the singer for who she was, even when she felt like an old cardigan under someone's bed. The idea of feeling like an old cardigan could represent the emotions of being overlooked and undervalued. The character then placed the singer on, declaring her as a favorite and providing her with a sense of worth.


The second verse continues the idea of being young and naive, with the line "a friend to all is a friend to none, chase two girls, lose the one." This line could be seen as a lesson learned, showcasing the realization that sometimes too much focus on pleasing everyone can result in losing the people who truly matter. The singer once again outlines a moment where she knew her character, spending time together, playing hide-and-seek, and weekends together. The bridge speaks to the end of their relationship, with the character leaving the singer, and her acknowledging that she knew that he would come back to her. The final chorus shows the singer's realization that she understood everything when she was young, including the pain of lost love, the hauntings of what-ifs, and the burning desire for someone who left.


Line by Line Meaning

Vintage tee, brand new phone
Despite having a new phone, I still hold onto old things like this vintage tee.


High heels on cobblestones
I'm walking on an uneven surface in high heels, showing that I can handle difficult situations.


When you are young, they assume you know nothing
Many people overlook or underestimate young people's abilities and intelligence.


Sequin smile, black lipstick, Sensual politics
I use my looks and charm to navigate the complexities of politics and relationships.


But I knew you, Dancin' in your Levi's, Drunk under a streetlight, I, I knew you, Hand under my sweatshirt, Baby, kiss it better, right
Despite our faults and imperfections, I still knew and loved you deeply. We shared intimate moments and took care of each other.


And when I felt like I was an old cardigan Under someone's bed, You put me on and said I was your favorite
Despite feeling old and unloved, you rescued and validated me. In your eyes, I was still valuable and cherished.


A friend to all is a friend to none, Chase two girls, lose the one, When you are young, they assume you know nothing
Trying to be friends with everyone and pursuing multiple romantic interests can lead to losing the one you truly wanted. People often underestimate the inexperience and learnings of the youth.


But I knew you, Playin' hide-and-seek and, Givin' me your weekends, I, I knew you, Your heartbeat on the High Line, Once in twenty lifetimes, I
We shared beautiful memories and rare moments of true connection. I know you deeply and from a place that only comes once in a lifetime.


To kiss in cars and downtown bars, Was all we needed, You drew stars around my scars, But now I'm bleedin'
The simple things we did together were enough for us. You helped me heal my wounds and see my beauty, but now I'm hurting again.


'Cause I knew you, Steppin' on the last train, Marked me like a bloodstain, I, I knew you, Tried to change the ending, Peter losin' Wendy, I, I knew you, Leavin' like a father, Runnin' like water, I, And when you are young, they assume you know nothing
You left a deep impact on me, like a permanent scar. I knew that our story wouldn't have a happy ending, like the story of Peter and Wendy. You left me like a father and ran away like water. People often underestimate what the youth can perceive and comprehend.


But I knew you'd linger like a tattoo kiss, I knew you'd haunt all of my what-ifs, The smell of smoke would hang around this long, 'Cause I knew everything when I was young
I knew that you'd leave a lasting mark on me, like a tattoo kiss. I knew that I'd always wonder what could have been between us. The smell of smoke and all the memories would still linger in my mind. When I was young, I knew everything and felt everything deeply.


I knew I'd curse you for the longest time, Chasin' shadows in the grocery line, I knew you'd miss me once the thrill expired, And you'd be standin' in my front porch light, And I knew you'd come back to me, You'd come back to me, And you'd come back to me, And you'd come back
I knew that I would hold onto the pain and resentment of losing you for a long time. I would keep looking for you in random places, despite it being pointless. I knew that once the excitement and thrill ran out of your life, you'd come back to me, standing on my front porch light. You will come back to me, over and over again.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Aaron Brooking Dessner, Taylor A. Swift

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@iamminutecuziam3412

"A FRIEND TO ALL IS A FRIEND TO NONE.."

~TAYLOR SWIFT 2020

@tarteelalmitami4422

Did she lie ?

@micohyo

tarteel almitami did i lie did i lieeeeeee

@GagaBoy1346

I WAS IN LOVE WITH THAT LYRIC

@mimia4096

That hits me hard

@stardustsarah

What does it mean though? Im confused

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@lavendaire

the visuals in this... wow

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When someone randomly clicks ur channel and see ur total subscribers... Damnnn😳😳

@HeyImAedRianne

Wahhhh Lavendaire!!!! Aileen I am your subscriber. You are such an inspiration. I'm a fan of yours!

I don't know why I am excited seeing you in the comment section HAHA, Im just happy.

Oww I'll just continue watching Taylor's MV hihi. I AM EXCITEDDD(me scrolling through the comment section before watching haha)

@MelThun

Unbelievable right, this mv just proves Taylor’s talent is undeniable again

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