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right where you left me
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Friends break up, friends get married
Strangers get born, strangers get buried
Trends change, rumors fly through new skies
But I'm right where you left me
Matches burn after the other
Pages turn and stick to each other
Wages earned and lessons learned
But I'm right where you left me

Help, I'm still at the restaurant
Still sitting in a corner I haunt
Cross-legged in the dim light
They say, "What a sad sight", I
I swear you could hear a hairpin drop
Right when I felt the moment stop
Glass shattered on the white cloth
Everybody moved on, I
I stayed there
Dust collected on my pinned-up hair
They expected me to find somewhere
Some perspective, but I sat and stared
Right where you left me

You left me no
Oh, you left me no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever
You left me
You left me no
Oh, you left me no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever

Did you ever hear about the girl who got frozen?
Time went on for everybody else, she won't know it
She's still twenty-three inside her fantasy
How it was supposed to be
Did you hear about the girl who lives in delusion?
Breakups happen every day, you don't have to lose it
She's still twenty-three inside her fantasy
And you're sitting in front of me

At the restaurant
When I was still the one you want
Cross-legged in the dim light
Everything was just right, I
I could feel the mascara run
You told me that you met someone
Glass shattered on the white cloth
Everybody moved on

Help, I'm still at the restaurant
Still sitting in a corner I haunt
Cross-legged in the dim light
They say, "What a sad sight", I
I stayed there
Dust collected on my pinned-up hair
I'm sure that you got a wife out there
Kids and Christmas, but I'm unaware
'Cause I'm right where
I cause no harm
Mind my business, if our love died young
I can't bear witness and it's been so long
But if you ever think you got it wrong
I'm right where you left me

You left me no
Oh, you left me no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever
You left me
You left me no
Oh, you left me no
You left me no choice but to stay here forever

Overall Meaning

The song "Right Where You Left Me" by Taylor Swift is a reflection on the everlasting pain of a failed relationship. The lyrics talk about how friends break up or get married, strangers come and go, and rumors fly by new skies and trends change, but the singer is still stuck in the past, exactly where her relationship ended. She is at the same restaurant, sitting in the same corner, feeling the same sadness, and still holding on to the hope that her love will come back to her. The lyrics suggest the feeling of being left behind and moving on with the memories in mind.


The song expresses the feeling of a woman who is left alone after a breakup. The lyrics reveal the perspective of someone who hasn't been able to let go, and it's relatable to anyone who has been in the same place. Taylor Swift's writing is incredibly insightful as she captures the feeling of someone stuck in the past, remembering every moment of a failed relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

Friends break up, friends get married
Relationships change, people come and go


Strangers get born, strangers get buried
Life goes on and people are born and die every day, some we never even get to know


Trends change, rumors fly through new skies
Society evolves and changes, gossip spreads and takes on new forms


But I'm right where you left me
Despite all the changes in the world, I'm still stuck in the same place emotionally where you left me


Matches burn after the other
Time keeps moving forward and things change


Pages turn and stick to each other
Memories pile up but are still connected in some way


Wages earned and lessons learned
Life goes on and people continue to work and learn


But I'm right where you left me
Despite all the changes in the world, I'm still stuck in the same place emotionally where you left me


Help, I'm still at the restaurant
I'm still stuck in the same place, unable to move on from where you left me


Still sitting in a corner I haunt
I'm still visiting the same places we used to go, unable to let go of the past


Cross-legged in the dim light
Sitting alone, lost in thought


They say, "What a sad sight", I
Others notice and judge me for still being stuck in the same emotional place


I swear you could hear a hairpin drop
The silence is deafening, emphasizing my loneliness


Right when I felt the moment stop
Everything came crashing down and the moment froze


Glass shattered on the white cloth
Something precious was broken and can't be put back together


Everybody moved on, I
Life goes on for everyone else but I'm still stuck in the same place


I stayed there
I couldn't move on and stayed in the same emotional place


Dust collected on my pinned-up hair
Time kept passing and I started to lose myself in the grief


They expected me to find somewhere
Others expected me to move on and find a new emotional place


Some perspective, but I sat and stared
I couldn't find a new perspective and just sat there frozen


You left me no
You didn't give me a choice


Oh, you left me no
You left me with no other option


You left me no choice but to stay here forever
I'm stuck in the same emotional place where you left me, unable to move on


Did you ever hear about the girl who got frozen?
A metaphor for being stuck in the same place emotionally


Time went on for everybody else, she won't know it
While life continues for everyone else, she's unable to move forward


She's still twenty-three inside her fantasy
She's stuck in a fantasy world, unable to face reality


How it was supposed to be
Her idea of how things were supposed to be is stuck in the past


Did you hear about the girl who lives in delusion?
Another metaphor for being stuck in the same place emotionally


Breakups happen every day, you don't have to lose it
While breakups are common, she's unable to cope with it and move on


And you're sitting in front of me
The person who caused her emotional pain is right in front of her


'Cause I'm right where
Because I'm still stuck in the same place emotionally


I cause no harm
I'm not hurting anyone else, just myself


Mind my business, if our love died young
I'm not trying to interfere in your life, but I'm still stuck in the past


I can't bear witness and it's been so long
I can't bear to see your new life and it's been a long time since we were together


But if you ever think you got it wrong
If you ever regret leaving me, I'm still right where you left me


You left me no
You didn't give me a choice


Oh, you left me no
You left me with no other option


You left me no choice but to stay here forever
I'm stuck in the same emotional place where you left me, unable to move on




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@thlrnnip

Been listening to this song since the day it released but I never thought I'm gonna relate to this song until...

I fell inlove with this girl, I love her so much that I am willing to do everything for her pursue her and everything. We've been talking for about almost 3 months ig? (I know it's not that long.)

I love everything about her even her anger issues HAHAHHAHA I want to give her everything because I know she deserve it. It's their finals right now and they'll be having a face to face exam on Saturday so I decided to surprise her (but she found out about the surprise so it's not a surprise anymore), I made a handmade paper flower bouquet, a handmade plushy, and bought her favorite snacks and drinks but I never got a chance to give it to her. Today, at exactly 12:16 am she chatted me and asked me to please not go to her school on Saturday because she didn't want me to see her in her most vulnerable and messy state because she said that there's a chance that she might treat me badly 'cause she doesn't have the energy to deal with people. I understand her because I know that she's mentally unstable and her mental health is getting worst right now, I want to tell her that I understand and there's always another time for me to visit her but I didn't expect that that will be the last chat that I'll ever get from her because she's cutting me off and she said thank you and sorry for everything, "Also, remember that you deserve much more tham the bare minimum I couldn't give to you" she said. This happened before but this time I know that she'll never gonna come back but just like what I said to her before "Take your time and rest, you always have someone waiting for you. You always have me."

I don't know if she blocked me or deleted her account but I couldn't get in touch with her.

I'll wait until you get better, I know I deserve better but I want you to be that better. I'm just gonna stay here and wait until you come back. I never got the chance to say this to you but I love you and I'll always do.

Kaya kong maghintay kahit gaano katagal kasi alam kong sulit yung pag hihintay ko once na bumalik kana.



All comments from YouTube:

@castillochristinejoang.8878

I think for me this is Taylor's most terrifying song or one of. Imagine being stuck in a moment or a feeling while everyone around you continue with their own lives and grow.

@HuongNguyen-ny3ze

this song hits me so hard

@daimy8504

Honestly as a depressed person, this song really touched me and summed up my life pretty much

@nikitagigigeorge8572

I think this is a song every one relates to despite not being in a relationship everyone can relate to the feeling of being stuck in time and wishing nothing changed cause many ppl especially teenagers are scared of change. This song is the most relatable song

@theerthanair6950

lol the "i think for me"

@antoineichas8640

As said above, the feeling of being stuck can be relatable for everyone. And I think that it’s especially the case for people who suffer from depression because in a way, they, we, are stuck, frozen at the age where it started and we never got the chance to grow emotionally, so I agree with the comment, it truly is terrifying

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@asdfgrace

This song doesn't need a MV. It's already playing in everyone's head when they hear it.

@brookemckinley5709

Right?! And how does she do that with just about every song she makes?! That’s a gift every artist wants to have.

@Farah-pw2mg

So true!!!

@HeFirst_LovedUs

Not me seeing this while making a MV for it

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