I Knew You Were Trouble
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Once upon a time
A few mistakes ago
I was in your sights
You got me alone
You found me
You found me
You found me
I guess you didn't care
And I guess I liked that
And when I fell hard
You took a step back
Without me
Without me
Without me

And he's long gone
When he's next to me
And I realize
The blame is on me

'Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
'Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So, shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
Now I'm lyin' on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh
Trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh
Trouble, trouble, trouble

No apologies
He'll never see you cry
Pretends he doesn't know
That he's the reason why
You're drowning
You're drowning
You're drowning
And I heard you moved on
From whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt
Is all I'll ever be
And now I see
Now I see
Now I see

He was long gone
When he met me
And I realize
The joke is on me, hey

I knew you were trouble when you walked in (oh)
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been
'Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been, yeah
Now I'm lyin' on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh (yeah)
Trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh
Trouble, trouble, trouble

And the saddest fear
Comes creepin' in
That you never loved me
Or her
Or anyone
Or anything
Yeah

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places I'd never been (never been)
'Til you put me down, oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in (knew it right there)
So shame on me now (knew it right there)
Flew me to places I'd never been
(Ooh) now I'm lyin' on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh
Trouble, trouble, trouble (oh)
Oh, oh
Trouble, trouble, trouble
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble




I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble

Overall Meaning

The song I Knew You Were Trouble by Taylor Swift tells the story of a girl who falls for a guy who she knows is bad news but cannot resist his charm. The lyrics begin with the girl reminiscing about the time when she first met the guy and how he found her although he did not care much about her. She admits that she fell hard for him even though he took a step back. While she was in love, she knew deep down that this could lead to trouble. The chorus indicates that she tried to convince herself that he was not as bad as she thought, but ultimately, she was right in her intuition, and he put her down, leaving her alone on the cold hard ground.


The second verse discusses how the girl heard about the guy moving on and getting involved with someone else who might end up in the same situation. She also admits that he was never really in love with her or anyone else, which is the saddest fear that creeps in. Throughout the song, the chorus serves as a reminder to the girl that she knew all along that he was trouble but ignored her intuition. Overall, the song sends a powerful message about the importance of listening to our instincts and not succumbing to temptation, even when it seems irresistible.


Line by Line Meaning

Once upon a time
Long ago


A few mistakes ago
Before things went wrong


I was in your sights
I got your attention


You got me alone
You isolated me


You found me
You discovered me


I guess you didn't care
You didn't have feelings for me


And I guess I liked that
I was attracted to your indifference


And when I fell hard
I became emotionally invested


You took a step back
You pulled away


Without me
Leaving me behind


And he's long gone
He left a while ago


When he's next to me
When I'm with him


And I realize
I understand now


The blame is on me
It's my fault


'Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
I knew you would cause problems for me from the start


So shame on me now
I should have known better


Flew me to places I'd never been
You exposed me to new experiences


'Til you put me down, oh
Until you hurt me


No apologies
You never said sorry


He'll never see you cry
You won't let him know that he affected you


Pretends he doesn't know
Acts like he's innocent


That he's the reason why
He caused the problem


You're drowning
You're struggling


And I heard you moved on
I heard you've moved forward


From whispers on the street
From rumors going around


A new notch in your belt
A new conquest for you


Is all I'll ever be
You only saw me as someone to conquer


And now I see
Now I understand


And the saddest fear
The worst fear


Comes creepin' in
Slowly enters


That you never loved me
You never had feelings for me


Or her
Or anyone else


Or anything
Or anything else


Yeah
Yes


Trouble, trouble, trouble
Problems, problems, problems




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Martin Max Sandberg, Johan Karl Schuster, Taylor Alison Swift

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@marcmendez1215

2012: "That's a long Intro"

2020:"That's a relatable Intro"

Edit: Can you guys think about this....
I knew you were trouble:
"I think the worst part of it all wasn't losing him it was losing me"
Out of the woods:
"She lost him but she found herself and somehow that was everything"

TAYLOR SWIFT YOU ARE BELOVED



All comments from YouTube:

@alexeltubelleza538

This was the blueprint for all the toxic relationship on wattpad

@harveenghai5875

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@mariag1664

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@tinyalternate

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@AZS402

"The worst part of it all wasn't losing him, it was losing me..." many years after I listen to this and it feels so different, hits really hard.

@Marrythenightgaga101

Same haven’t heard this song is at least 4-5 years and coming back listening to this randomly out of the blue and that line along with “ I don’t know if you know who you are, until you lose who you are” hits different

@clvogel1994

The whole opening dialog is so chilling

@riannaw6420

Came back to hear the interlude.

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