The Way I Loved You
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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He is sensible and so incredible
And all my single friends are jealous
He says everything I need to hear and it's like
I couldn't ask for anything better
He opens up my door and I get into his car
And he says, "You look beautiful tonight"
And I feel perfectly fine
But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
And it's two AM and I'm cursing your name
So in love that you act insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breakin' down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kinda rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you

He respects my space
And never makes me wait
And he calls exactly when he says he will
He's close to my mother
Talks business with my father
He's charming and endearing
And I'm comfortable

But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
And it's two AM and I'm cursing your name
So in love that you act insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breakin' down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kinda rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you

He can't see the smile I'm faking
And my heart's not breaking
'Cause I'm not feeling anything at all
And you were wild and crazy
Just so frustrating, intoxicating
Complicated, got away by some mistake and now

I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
It's two AM and I'm cursing your name
So in love that I acted insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breakin' down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kinda rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you

Whoa oh oh, oh
And that's the way I loved you
Oh oh-oh, whoa
Oh oh-oh, whoa




Never knew I could feel that much
That's the way I loved you

Overall Meaning

In “The Way I Loved You,” Taylor Swift explores the feelings of nostalgia and longing for a past relationship that was tumultuous, wild, and passionate. The song contrasts the stability and comfort of her current relationship with the unpredictability and intensity of her previous one. Initially, she appears content and happy with her current partner, describing him as “sensible and incredible” and appreciating how he makes her feel “perfectly fine”. However, she then admits that she misses the chaos and drama of her past relationship, in which she felt truly alive and intense emotions. She misses the screaming, fighting, and kissing in the rain, and even though the relationship was unstable and crazy, she acknowledges that “that’s the way I loved you.”


Through the lyrics, Taylor is exploring the idea that sometimes, people crave the drama and passion of a tumultuous relationship, even if it’s not healthy or sustainable in the long run. She is grappling with the idea that sometimes, a safe and stable relationship can feel like something is missing, and she’s trying to understand and process those conflicting emotions. Overall, “The Way I Loved You” is an honest and relatable exploration of the human need for both security and excitement in a romantic relationship.


Line by Line Meaning

He is sensible and so incredible
He is a practical and amazing partner.


And all my single friends are jealous
My friends are envious of our relationship.


He says everything I need to hear and it's like
He communicates everything I need to hear, and it's perfect.


I couldn't ask for anything better
I could not have asked for a better partner.


He opens up my door and I get into his car
He is a gentleman and opens my door when I enter his car.


And he says, "You look beautiful tonight"
He compliments me by saying I look beautiful tonight.


And I feel perfectly fine
I feel content and satisfied with our relationship.


But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
I miss the passion and intensity from previous relationships.


And it's two AM and I'm cursing your name
I'm frustrated with my current relationship at 2 AM.


So in love that you act insane
I was so in love with someone that their behavior seemed crazy to others.


And that's the way I loved you
That kind of passion and intensity was the way I loved you.


Breakin' down and coming undone
Emotionally I was falling apart.


It's a roller coaster kinda rush
Our relationship was like a thrilling amusement park ride.


And I never knew I could feel that much
I never knew I could feel that much passion and intensity in a relationship.


He respects my space
He understands and respects my need for personal space.


And never makes me wait
He is always on time and doesn't make me wait.


And he calls exactly when he says he will
He is reliable and always calls when he said he will.


He's close to my mother
He has formed a good relationship with my mother.


Talks business with my father
He has had business conversations with my father.


He's charming and endearing
He has a charming and endearing personality.


And I'm comfortable
Our relationship is comfortable and safe.


He can't see the smile I'm faking
I'm hiding my true feelings by faking a smile.


And my heart's not breaking
My heart is not breaking in this current relationship.


'Cause I'm not feeling anything at all
I'm not feeling any deep emotions in this relationship.


And you were wild and crazy
You were wild and exciting in a past relationship.


Just so frustrating, intoxicating
You were frustrating but also addicting in a past relationship.


Complicated, got away by some mistake and now
Our past relationship was complicated and we ended it due to a mistake made by one of us.


Oh oh-oh, whoa
The sound of the chorus.


Never knew I could feel that much
I never knew I could feel that much passion and intensity in a relationship.


That's the way I loved you
That kind of passion and intensity was the way I loved you.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Taylor Swift, John Rich

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@kryyekeeyansiddayao9411

He is sensible and so incredible
And all my single friends are jealous
He says everything I need to hear, and it's like
I couldn't ask for anything better
He opens up my door and I get into his car
And he says, "You look beautiful tonight"
And I feel perfectly fine

But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
And it's 2 a.m. and I'm cursing your name
So in love that you act insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breaking down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kind of rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you

He respects my space
And never makes me wait
And he calls exactly when he says he will
He's close to my mother
Talks business with my father
He's charming and endearing
And I'm comfortable

But I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
And It's 2 a.m. and I'm cursing your name
You're so in love that you act insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breaking down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kind of rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you

He can't see the smile I'm faking
And my heart's not breaking
'Cause I'm not feeling anything at all
And you were wild and crazy
Just so frustrating, intoxicating, complicated
Got away by some mistake and now

I miss screaming and fighting and kissing in the rain
It's 2 a.m. and I'm cursing your name
I'm so in love that I acted insane
And that's the way I loved you
Breaking down and coming undone
It's a roller coaster kind of rush
And I never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you
Whoa-whoa-oh-oh, oh

And that's the way I loved you
Oh-oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-oh-oh
Never knew I could feel that much
And that's the way I loved you



All comments from YouTube:

@sadiedurham9461

the way she sings "roller coaster kinda rush" just gives me so much serotonin

@heatherlynsey5438

I am in the car absolutely losing IT

@nelsonduran1760

I like the way she sings “and I feel perfectly fine”

@kuscorpio1465

Can you tell me what does it mean ? the "roller coaster kinda rush" line . Thank you

@gsiya4023

@@kuscorpio1465 u know the rush u get while riding a roller coaster? That's also what the kind of rush u feel when u love someone that's what she says here. Hope that helped 💙

@renjunsshortlegs1288

Yes, her voice is insane ✋

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@thuph2

Her voice is so stronger and deeper than the last version.

@1sTEfFaniE1

Her voice has definately improved over the years, I'm very excited to hear the completed album.

@arandomswiftsimmer5221

1Kth LIKE!

@burbujaspy

Yeah well it’s only been 13 years lol

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