I Hate It Here
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Quick, quick
Tell me something awful
Like you are a poet trapped inside the body of a finance guy
Tell me all your secrets
All you′ll ever be is
My eternal consolation prize
You see I was a debutant in another life but
Now I seem to be scared to go outside
If comfort is a construct
I don't believe in good luck
Now that I know what′s what

I hate it here so I will go to
secret gardens in my mind
People need a key to get to
The only one is mine
I read about it in a book when I was a precocious child
No mid-sized city hopes and small town fears
I'm there most of the year
Cause I hate it here
I hate it here

My friends used to play a game where
We would pick a decade
We wished we could live in instead of this
I'd say the 1830s but without all the racists and getting married off for
the highest bid

Everyone would look down
Cause it wasn′t fun now
Seems like it was never even fun back then
Nostalgia is a mind′s trick
If I'd been there, I′d hate it
It was freezing in the palace

I hate it here so I will go to
Lunar valleys in my mind
When they found a better planet
Only the gentle survived
I dreamed about it in the dark
The night I felt like I might die
No mid-sized city hopes and small town fears
I'm there most of the year
Cause I hate it here
I hate it here

I′m lonely but I'm good
I′m bitter but I swear I'm fine
I'll save all my romanticism for my inner life and I′ll get lost on
purpose
This place made me feel worthless
Lucid dreams like electricity, the current flies through me,
and in my fantasies I rise above it
And way up there, I actually love it

I hate it here so I will go to
Secret gardens in my mind
People need a key to get to
The only one is mine
I read about it in a book when I was a precocious child
No mid-sized city hopes and small town fears
I′m there most of the year
Cause I hate it here
I hate it here

Quick quick




Tell me something awful
Like you are a poet trapped inside the body of a finance guy

Overall Meaning

In the lyrics of Taylor Swift's song "I Hate It Here," we dive into the inner turmoil and longing for escapism felt by the singer. The opening verse sets the tone with a plea to hear something awful, a juxtaposition of a poet trapped within the mundane world of finance. This imagery hints at a deep-seated desire for creativity and exploration that is stifled by the constraints of everyday life. The singer craves authenticity and yearns for someone to reveal their deepest secrets, highlighting a sense of emotional isolation and disillusionment with their current circumstances.


The recurring motif of secret gardens and hidden realms in the singer's mind symbolizes a longing for a refuge from the harsh reality of their surroundings. These inner sanctuaries represent a safe haven where the singer can escape from the pressures and disappointments of their external environment. The mention of needing a key to access these private retreats underscores the solitude and introspection that the singer seeks in order to find solace and peace of mind.


The references to past eras and fantastical landscapes further emphasize the singer's yearning for a place that is free from the constraints and injustices of their present reality. The lyrics express a desire to transcend societal norms and limitations, to reject the oppressive structures that confine and diminish the singer's sense of self-worth. The exploration of different time periods and imaginary realms serves as a means of coping with feelings of alienation and discontentment, offering a form of escapism and empowerment through the act of dreaming and imagining alternative realities.


The closing verses reveal a complex mix of emotions, as the singer grapples with loneliness, bitterness, and a defiant declaration of self-reliance and resilience. The singer chooses to preserve their sense of romance and idealism within their inner world, finding solace and purpose in navigating their own inner landscapes and fantasies. Despite the challenges and negative experiences in their external environment, the singer finds a sense of self-acceptance and empowerment in embracing their inner life as a source of strength and transformation. Ultimately, the lyrics of "I Hate It Here" capture a deeply personal and introspective journey of seeking refuge and redemption within the confines of one's own mind.




Writer(s): Taylor Swift, Aaron Brooking Dessner

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@raccoon1012

not sure if i’m the only one who made this connection but at 3:01 when she says:
‘I hate it here to I will go to
Secrets gardens in my mind
People need a key to get to
The only one is mine
I read about it in a book
When I was a precocious child’

I’m pretty sure she’s talking about the book “The Secret Garden” Where a little girl goes to live with her uncle and finds a secret garden outside. She later finds a key to unlock it and it becomes her own secret garden she can escape to. I guess Taylor read that book before and referenced it in this song?



@DannyGoldstein

The full verse, for context:

My friends used to play a game where
We would pick a decade
We wished we could live in instead of this
I'd say the 1830s but without all the racists
And getting married off for the highest bid
Everyone would look down 'cause it wasn't fun now
Seems like it was never even fun back then
Nostalgia is a mind's trick
If I'd been there, I'd hate it
It was freezing in the palace



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@bedhairismybae5480

I know this isn’t what Taylor probably meant when she wrote the wrong but I think this song applies beautifully to the people who daydream as a coping mechanism/maladaptive daydreamers.

@rynbliss

literally exactly my thinking and why i like this song so much lol very relatable to me as a daydreamer

@Duckduckobtusegoose

I think that’s exactly what she meant

@Austin_Jason

Don't translate ฉันจะสมัครรับข้อมูลใครก็ตามที่สมัครรับข้อมูลฉันและชอบความคิดเห็นนี้.😢😢😮😮

@solitairelyrics

I'm a long time maladaptive daydreamer

@cheezeburgerchick976

your right but the melody and the instruments kind help me disassociate idk lol

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@fireproof2767

„I’m lonely but I am good.I’m bitter but I swear I am fine. I save all my romanticism for my inner life.” She perfectly captured how we get disappointed with reality and it’s easier to live in our fantasies when all our love stories feel like kdramas with a happy ending.

@TheGangstersOfficial

Don't translate...
ฉันจะสมัครรับข้อมูลใครก็ตามที่สมัครรับข้อมูลฉันและชอบความคิดเห็นนี้...

@stellaur

Exactly why we love mother

@melissarohner3049

@@TheGangstersOfficialdid sub now

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