Back to December / Apologize / You're Not Sorry
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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I'm so glad you made time to see me
How's life
Tell me, how's your family?
I haven't seem them in a while
You've been good, busier than ever
We small talk, work, and the weather
Your guard is up and I know why
Because, the last time you saw me it still burned in the back of your mind
You gave me roses and I left them there to die

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
Turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you
Wishing I realized what I had when you were mine
And I go back to December, turn around and make it all right
I go back to December all the time

These days, I haven't been sleeping
Staying up, playing back myself leaving
When your birthday passed and I didn't call
Then I think about summer all the beautiful times I watched you laughing from the passenger side and
Realized I loved you in the fall
And when the cold came, the dark days when fear crept into my mind
You gave me all your love and all I gave you was.. Goodbye

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
Turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you
Wishing I realized what I had when you were mine
I go back to December, turn around and change my own mind
I go back to December all the time

I miss your tan skin, your sweet smile
So good to me so right
And how you held me in your arms that September night
The first time you ever saw me cry
Maybe this is wishful thinking, probably mindless dreaming
But If you loved again, I swear I'd love you right
I'd go back in time and change it
But I can't
So if the chain is on your door I understand

And then I said its too late to apologize
It's too late
I said it too late to apologize
It's too late

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
It turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you
Wishing I realized what I had when you were mine

I said you're not sorry
No, no, no
You're not sorry
No, no, no
You're not sorry
No, no, no




You're not sorry
No, no, no

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Taylor Swift's "Back to December" are a heartfelt and emotional apology to someone she hurt in the past. As she meets up with this person, they exchange small talk about their lives and catch up on old times. However, there is tension between them as Swift acknowledges that the last time they were together, something went wrong. She gave him roses that he later found discarded, and she knows he hasn't forgotten that moment. Swift then goes on to reflect on how much she misses him since their break-up. She realizes that freedom without him means nothing to her, and she wishes she had realized how much he meant to her while they were still together. She relives their memories together, thinking about times when they were happy, and recognizes that she only realized how much she loved him as the relationship was ending. She then comes to the painful realization that she can't go back in time and fix what went wrong, and that he may never forgive her. The song ends with Swift's regretful admission that it's too late to apologize and that he's not sorry for moving on.


Overall, the lyrics to "Back to December" show the raw and honest emotion that comes with regret and the longing for a second chance. Swift is self-aware of her past mistakes and recognizes that her actions have caused her pain, as well as the pain of someone who meant a lot to her. She expresses the idea that time doesn't heal all wounds, and that sometimes it takes acknowledging past mistakes to be able to move forward.


Line by Line Meaning

I'm so glad you made time to see me
I appreciate that you have taken the time to meet me


How's life
How are you doing?


Tell me, how's your family?
How have your loved ones been?


I haven't seem them in a while
It's been a long time since we last saw each other


You've been good, busier than ever
You've been doing well, but very busy lately


We small talk, work, and the weather
We engage in casual conversation about work and the weather


Your guard is up and I know why
You're being guarded and I understand why


Because, the last time you saw me it still burned in the back of your mind
The last time we saw each other, my actions had a lasting impact on you


You gave me roses and I left them there to die
You were kind to me and I didn't appreciate it


So, this is me swallowing my pride, standing in front of you saying I'm sorry for that night
I'm putting aside my pride and apologizing for what happened that night


And I go back to December all the time
I often think about that time in December


Turns out freedom ain't nothing but missing you
I've realized that being free doesn't mean anything if it means being away from you


Wishing I realized what I had when you were mine
I regret not appreciating what I had when we were together


And I go back to December, turn around and make it all right
I wish I could go back to December and fix things


These days, I haven't been sleeping
Lately, I've been having trouble sleeping


Staying up, playing back myself leaving
I keep replaying my decision to leave you in my mind


When your birthday passed and I didn't call
I regret not calling you on your birthday


Then I think about summer all the beautiful times I watched you laughing from the passenger side and
I fondly remember the happy moments we shared during the summer, when I watched you laugh from the passenger seat


Realized I loved you in the fall
I didn't fully realize my love for you until the autumn came


And when the cold came, the dark days when fear crept into my mind
I felt scared during the cold and dark days of winter


You gave me all your love and all I gave you was.. Goodbye
You gave me everything, and I responded with a goodbye


I miss your tan skin, your sweet smile
I miss your beautiful skin and your sweet smile


So good to me so right
You were so good to me


And how you held me in your arms that September night
I remember how you held me on that particular night in September


The first time you ever saw me cry
That was the first time you saw me cry


Maybe this is wishful thinking, probably mindless dreaming
This may be unrealistic or foolish, but I can't help dreaming


But If you loved again, I swear I'd love you right
If you ever loved again, I promise to love you correctly


I'd go back in time and change it
I wish I could change the past


But I can't
But I know I can't


So if the chain is on your door I understand
If you've put a chain on your door to keep me out, I understand


I said its too late to apologize
I'm saying that it's too late to apologize now


It's too late
It's already too late


I said it too late to apologize
I'm repeating that it's too late to apologize


You're not sorry
You aren't remorseful about what happened


No, no, no
Definitely not




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

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