Tennessee
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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He said, "I got me a nice new apartment
In a city, wouldn't you have hated that?
I'm getting by with a broken heart you left me with"
He hangs up the phone and she whispers back

Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
Won't you come back to me?
I'll be here, today and here tomorrow
In dark blue Tennessee

He was lying when he said he moved to L.A
He's just hiding out on the other side of town
With his head in his hands and she's just seven miles away
He's staring out the window and puts her picture down saying

Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
Won't you come back to me?
I'll be here, today and here tomorrow
In dark blue Tennessee

She almost called him on the night that he wrote
These simple words on his goodbye note

Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
Won't you come back to me?
I'll be here, today and here tomorrow
In dark blue Tennessee





In dark blue Tennessee

Overall Meaning

In Taylor Swift's song "Tennessee," the singer tells a poignant story of a relationship that has ended but lingers in the minds and hearts of the two people involved. The lyrics begin with a conversation between the two individuals, where the man tells the woman about his new apartment in the city, a sharp contrast to the simpler life in Tennessee that they used to share. Despite trying to move on with a broken heart, he still feels the pain of her absence. The woman's whispered response indicates that she also feels the weight of their separation.


As the song progresses, it is revealed that the man did not actually move to Los Angeles as he claimed, but chose to stay close to where they once lived together. He is depicted as being in a state of emotional turmoil, staring out the window with her picture in his hands, struggling to come to terms with their breakup. The physical proximity between them, with her being just seven miles away, adds a layer of complexity to their emotional distance.


The chorus of the song reflects the bittersweet longing and yearning for reconciliation that both characters feel. The phrase "Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow" conveys the paradoxical mix of pain and nostalgia that comes with missing someone deeply. The repetition of the lines "Won't you come back to me? I'll be here, today and here tomorrow" underscores the theme of hope and longing for a reunion despite the current circumstances.


The final verse of the song brings the narrative full circle, revealing that the woman almost reached out to the man on the night he wrote a goodbye note. The mention of "simple words" highlights the power of communication and how a few heartfelt words can change the course of a relationship. The closing line, "In dark blue Tennessee," leaves the listener with a sense of melancholy and longing, evoking the somber and reflective mood of the song as a whole. Through vivid storytelling and emotive lyrics, Taylor Swift captures the complexities of love, loss, and the enduring hope for reconciliation in "Tennessee."


Line by Line Meaning

He said, "I got me a nice new apartment"
He pretended to have moved to a new place to avoid facing the reality of his broken heart


In a city, wouldn't you have hated that?
He knew she would have disliked him moving to a city without her


I'm getting by with a broken heart you left me with"
He is trying to cope with the pain she caused him


He hangs up the phone and she whispers back
Despite the distance, they still communicate in a way


Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
Feeling this longing for you is bittersweet


Won't you come back to me?
Can't you return to me?


I'll be here, today and here tomorrow
I'll be waiting for you now and in the future


He was lying when he said he moved to L.A
He wasn't truthful about moving to LA


He's just hiding out on the other side of town
He is avoiding facing the truth by hiding nearby


With his head in his hands and she's just seven miles away
He is in despair while she is just a short distance away


He's staring out the window and puts her picture down saying
He gazes out, setting aside a reminder of her


She almost called him on the night that he wrote
She almost reached out to him the night he wrote his farewell


These simple words on his goodbye note
His brief words on a farewell message


In dark blue Tennessee
In melancholy Tennessee




Lyrics © ORRALL FIXATION MUSIC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: ROBERT ELLIS ORRALL, TAYLOR ALISON SWIFT

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@andrewt35

DEBUT Taylor's version really needs this song haha it is so catchy and fun and captures the essence of her original sound

@clare3321

What if she released this from the vault for Taylor Swift (Taylor’s version)

@shaynakapdi6449

she will

@sandpiper_

if she doesn't...

@sakshi8302

🥳🥳

@diegoas4318

@@sandpiper_
Goodbye goodbye goodbye
You were bigger than the whole sky 😢 lol

@plopadard

fingers crossed 🤞

@esssie

Her younger voice sounds so much deeper then now woah

@e_internic0la2487

Yeah it’s weird bc shouldn’t her voice be deeper now and higher then??

@AnnaF33

Bfrrr😂 now is deeper. Back then her voice was tiny

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