I Can Do It With a Broken Heart
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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I can read your mind
"She′s having the time of her life"
There in her glittering prime
The lights refract sequin stars
Off her silhouette every night
I can show you lies

Cause I'm a real tough kid
I can handle it
They said, "Babe, you gotta fake it til you make it."
And I did
Lights, camera and smile
Even when you want to die
He said he′d love me all his life
But that life was too short
Breaking down I hit the floor
All the pieces of me shattered
As the crowd was chanting "MORE!"
I was grinning like I'm winning
I was hitting my marks
Cause I can do it with a broken heart.

I'm so depressed I act like it′s my birthday
Every day
I′m so obsessed with him but he avoids me
Like the plague
I cry a lot but I am so productive
It's an art
You know you′re good when you can even do it with a broken heart

I can hold my breath
I've been doing it since he left
I keep finding his things in drawers
Crucial evidence I didn′t imagine the whole thing
I'm sure I can pass this test

Cause I′m a real tough kid
I can handle it
They said, "Babe, you gotta fake it til you make it."
And I did
Lights, camera and smile
In stilettos for miles
He said he'd love me for all time
But that time was quite short
Breaking down I hit the floor
All the pieces of me shattered
As the crowd was chanting "MORE!"
I was grinning like I'm winning
I was hitting my marks
Cause I can do it with a broken heart.

I′m so depressed I act like it′s my birthday
Every day
I'm so obsessed with him but he avoids me
Like the plague
I cry a lot but I am so productive
It′s an art
You know you're good when you can even do it with a broken heart
You know you′re good when you can even do it with a broken heart

You know you're good, and I′m good
Cause I'm MISERABLE!




And nobody even knows!
Try and come for my job.

Overall Meaning

In these lyrics from Taylor Swift's song "I Can Do It With a Broken Heart," the singer delves into the complexities of putting on a brave face and carrying on despite deep emotional pain. The opening lines suggest a sense of disillusionment, as the singer can see through the facade of someone appearing to be living their best life. There is a juxtaposition between the glamorous exterior and the internal struggle, highlighted by the imagery of sequin stars and shattered pieces.


The chorus reveals a sense of resilience and determination, with the singer recounting how she was told to fake it until she made it, and she did just that. The lyrics touch on the pressure to perform, both figuratively and literally, in the face of heartbreak. The mention of lights, camera, and smiling through the pain paints a picture of putting on a show for the world while dealing with inner turmoil. The repeated assertion that the singer can endure with a broken heart emphasizes the strength and fortitude she possesses.


The second verse delves deeper into the singer's emotional state, portraying a daily struggle with depression and obsession. The metaphor of acting like it's her birthday every day suggests a false front of happiness, while the reference to avoiding her like the plague hints at avoidance and rejection in a relationship. Despite the tears shed, there is a sense of productivity and artistry in channeling the pain into creativity, showcasing the complexity of emotions and coping mechanisms.


As the song progresses, the idea of holding one's breath since a significant departure symbolizes the suffocating nature of heartbreak. The mention of finding remnants of the past relationship serves as a reminder of what once was, adding to the emotional weight carried by the singer. The final lines reiterate the theme of endurance and putting up a front, culminating in a defiant declaration of strength in the face of misery, along with a challenge to those who may underestimate her resilience. The overarching message is one of resilience, perseverance, and the ability to navigate heartbreak while maintaining a facade of strength and composure.




Writer(s): Jack Michael Antonoff, Taylor Alison Swift

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@readwithhaley

“All the pieces of me shattered as the crowd was chanting more” breaks my heart I just want to give Taylor a big hug 😭

@readwithhaley

Also “Because I’m miserable and nobody even knows!” BROKE ME 💔 I love her so much

@dreamingofstarlight1836

SAMMMEEE

@itsmiyang

THOSE LYRICS ARE GUTWRENCHING

@ldeguzman

You gave her your money. I'm sure she's fine.

@missfaujiya

Same

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@kmmwkindness

The way the footage illustrates every lyric perfectly to emphasize the emotion and pain behind it… this is not just a lyric video at this point, it's a full on music video

@notreadingatm8244

For real!

@B19Wing

YES

@stephaniecurrie4743

I was just thinking the same thing.

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