Talk
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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You went to a party
I heard from everybody
You part the crowd like the Red Sea
Don't even get me started
Did you get anxious though
On the way home?
I guess I'll never, ever know
Now that we don't talk

You grew your hair long
You got new icons
And from the outside
It looks like you're tryin' lives on
I miss the old ways
You didn't have to change
But I guess I don't have a say
Now that we don't talk

I call my mom, she said that it was for the best
Remind myself the more I gave, you'd want me less
I cannot be your friend
So I pay the price of what I lost
And what it cost
Now that we don't talk

What do you tell your friends we
Shared dinners, long weekends with
Truth is I can't pretend it's
Platonic, it's just ended

So I call my mom, she said to get it off my chest (off my chest)
Remind myself the way you faded 'til I left ('til I left)
I cannot be your friend
So I pay the price of what I lost (of what I lost)
And what it cost
Now that we don't talk

I don't have to pretend I like acid rock
Or that I'd like to be on a mega yacht
With important men who think important thoughts
Guess maybe I am better off
Now that we don't talk
And the only way back to my dignity
Was to turn into a shrouded mystery
Just like I had been when you were chasing me




Guess this is how it has to be
Now that we don't talk

Overall Meaning

"Now That We Don't Talk" by Taylor Swift is a melancholic reflection on the aftermath of a broken relationship. The lyrics depict a sense of longing and contemplation as the singer reflects on the changes in the person they used to be close to. The song explores the feelings of confusion and loss that arise when communication breaks down between two individuals.


The opening lines, "You went to a party, I heard from everybody, You part the crowd like the red sea," suggest that the person the singer was once close to has moved on and become the center of attention. This revelation sparks a mix of emotions, with the singer admitting, "Don't even get me started." The lyrics then convey a sense of missed opportunities for understanding, as the singer wonders if the other person felt anxious on their way home but acknowledges they will never really know.


The second verse suggests that the individual has embraced change and is living a different life, evidenced by growing their hair long and adopting new icons. The singer admits to missing the old ways and implies that they were not given a say in the changes that occurred in the relationship.


The chorus reveals the singer seeking solace in talking to their mother, who advises them to let go and express their feelings. The lyrics convey a sense of resignation and acceptance that being friends is not an option, as the singer pays the price for what they lost when the connection ended.


In the bridge, the singer contemplates what the other person tells their friends about their past relationship, highlighting shared experiences like dinners and long weekends. However, the truth cannot be concealed, as the singer admits that their connection was not platonic and that it has now come to an end.


The final lines of the song establish a sense of self-discovery and growth. The singer no longer feels the need to pretend to like things they don't or be in extravagant situations, suggesting they have realized their worth and are better off without the person they used to talk to. They reflect on how becoming a shrouded mystery, just as they were when they were being pursued, has brought back their dignity.


Overall, "Now That We Don't Talk" reflects on the aftermath of a failed relationship, exploring the emotions of loss, confusion, and self-discovery.


Line by Line Meaning

You went to a party
You attended a social gathering


I heard from everybody
I received information from multiple sources


You part the crowd like the red sea
You easily make your way through a crowded space


Don't even get me started
I have a lot to say about this but I'll refrain


Did you get anxious though
Were you feeling restless or uneasy


On the way home?
During your journey back to your residence


I guess I'll never, ever know
I realize I will never have the answer to that question


Now that we don't talk
Since we no longer communicate


You grew your hair long
Your hair has significantly increased in length


You got new icons
You have adopted different role models or influences


And from the outside, it looks like you're trying lives on
Based on appearances, it seems like you are experimenting with different lifestyles


I miss the old ways
I long for the previous ways or dynamics we had


You don't hate to change
You are not averse to embracing change


But I guess I don't have a say
However, it appears that my opinion doesn't matter


Now that we don't talk
Since we no longer communicate


I call my mom, she said that it was for the best
I spoke to my mother who believes the situation is advantageous


Remind myself the more I gave, you'd want me less
I recall that the more I invested in the relationship, the less you desired it


I cannot be your friend
I am unable to maintain a friendship with you


So I pay the price of what I lost
Therefore, I suffer the consequences of what I sacrificed


And what it cost
As well as the expenses incurred


What do you tell your friends, we
How do you describe our relationship to your acquaintances


Shared dinners, long weekends with
We used to have meals together and spend extended weekends


Truth is I can't pretend it's
To be honest, I cannot pretend anymore that it is


Platonic, it's just ended
Purely platonic, it has come to an end


So I call my mom, she said to get it off my chest
As a result, I reach out to my mother for advice, and she suggests expressing my feelings


Remind myself the way you faded 'til I left
I remind myself of how you gradually lost interest until I departed


I cannot be your friend
I am unable to maintain a friendship with you


So I pay the price of what I lost
Therefore, I suffer the consequences of what I sacrificed


And what it cost
As well as the expenses incurred


I don't have to pretend I like acid rock
I no longer need to fake enjoyment of acid rock music


Or that I'd like to be on a mega yacht
Nor do I have to pretend I desire to be on a large luxurious yacht


With important who think important thoughts
In the company of influential individuals who possess deep thoughts


Guess maybe I am better off
I suspect that perhaps I am in a better situation


Now that we don't talk
Since we no longer communicate


And the only way back to my dignity
The sole route towards reclaiming my self-respect


Was to turn into a shrouded mystery
Involved transforming into an enigmatic and veiled figure


Just like I had been when you were chasing me
Much like the way I appeared when you pursued me


Guess this is how it was to be
I suppose this is the destined outcome


Now that we don't talk
Since we no longer communicate




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

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Comments from YouTube:

Cassidy Best

People should take notes on how open she is to letting it be known she enjoys the praise rather than pretending she doesn’t. It’s positive awareness and self love! Being proud of an accomplishment rather than shying away from the attention.

Elysian The Swiftie

Some people are just introverts and genuinely feel uncomfortable in situations like this

Elysian The Swiftie

@Unbiased Truth5 They both have different strength and talents, I don’t see how they compare. Taylor is amazing writing and composing music Beyoncé is great at vocals and choreography. People like to put woman against each other for no reason when they thrive in different areas. They’re both amazing at what they do comparing them is unnecessary.

JB

it’s called textbook narcissism. but nice try.

kazi carroll

@JBenjoying compliments and being a narcissist are NOT the same. tell me you know nothing about narcissism without telling me you know nothing about narcissism 🙄

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Debb

She’s so highly intelligent. So much more than a songwriter and performer. Mad respect for her.

programmingpersonality

She has a PHD

J Dogggg

She doesn’t have a PhD - it’s an HONORARY doctorate; they’re VERY, VERY different things. I’m not saying she’s unintelligent (she comes across definitely more intelligent and introspective than your average performer, but we have to be accurate here). To actually EARN a PhD takes a lot more work and time than Ms. Swift ever put into it. If we’re being honest, she didn’t finish high school, much less college or graduate school after that.

James Carr

God she's so underrated and humble and underrated and humble and underrated and humble and underrated and humble and underrsted and jumble and undertated and.himble and uderrated abd humble and underrates snduhkbornehshdkdkd

Saria Castillo

@J Dogggg I agree with you about the accuracy. So I will say, that she did graduate high school. But everything else you said 100% spot on.

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