You Should've Said No
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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It's strange to think the songs we used to sing
The smiles, the flowers, everything is gone
Yesterday I found out about you
Even now just looking at you
Feels wrong
You say that you'd take it all back
Given one chance, it was a moment of weakness
And you said, "Yes"

You should've said, "No"
You should've gone home
You should've thought twice 'fore you let it all go
You should've known that word 'bout what you did with her
Get back to me (get back to me)
And I should've been there
In the back of your mind
I shouldn't be asking myself, "Why?"
You shouldn't be beggin' for forgiveness at my feet
You should've said, "No"
Baby, and you might still have me

You can see that I've been cryin'
Baby, you know all the right things
To say
But do you honestly expect me to believe
We could ever be the same?
You say that the past is the past
You need one chance, it was a moment of weakness
And you said, "Yes"

You should've said, "No"
You should've gone home
You should've thought twice 'fore you let it all go
You should've known that word 'bout what you did with her
Get back to me (get back to me)
And I should've been there
In the back of your mind
I shouldn't be asking myself, "Why?"
You shouldn't be beggin' for forgiveness at my feet
You should've said, "No"
Baby, and you might still have me, oh-whoa

I can't resist
Before you go, tell me this
Was it worth it?
Was she worth this?

No, no, no, no, no, no

You should've said, "No"
You should've gone home
You should've thought twice 'fore you let it all go
You should've known that word 'bout what you did with her
Get back to me (get back to me)
And I should've been there
In the back of your mind
I shouldn't be asking myself, "Why?"
You shouldn't be beggin' for forgiveness at my feet




You should've said, "No"
Baby, and you might still have me

Overall Meaning

The song "Should've Said No" by Taylor Swift is about a past relationship that was ruined because of the partner's infidelity. The lyrics describe the singer's feeling of betrayal when she found out about the cheating, and how she wishes her partner had been honest and said no to the temptation. The opening lines, "Strange to think the songs we used to sing, the smiles, the flowers, everything is gone", set the tone for the rest of the song as the singer reminisces about what the relationship used to be before the cheating occurred. She then confronts her partner, telling him that he should have said no to the other woman instead of letting everything go, and that if he had said no, he might still have her.


The chorus of the song emphasizes the idea that if the partner had said no, things might have been different between them. The lyrics "You should have gone home, you should have thought twice before you let it all go" highlight that the singer believes her partner acted impulsively, and did not consider the repercussions of his actions. The line "And I should have been there in the back of your mind" shows that the singer wishes she had been present in her partner's thoughts, and that he had considered her feelings before cheating. Finally, the song concludes with the singer questioning whether the infidelity was worth it and asking the partner if the other woman was worth losing her over.


Overall, "Should've Said No" is a song about the consequences of cheating and how it can irreparably damage a relationship. The singer expresses her frustration and hurt over her partner's actions, and how she wishes he had made different choices.


Line by Line Meaning

Strange to think the songs we used to sing
It's strange to think about our past memories together and the songs we used to sing.


The smiles, the flowers, everything
All the happiness that we shared, including smiles and flowers, is now gone.


Is gone
Everything from our past relationship is now gone and our current situation is different.


Yesterday I found out about you
Recently, I discovered something about you that has changed my perspective on our relationship.


Even now just looking at you feels wrong
It's difficult for me to even look at you because of what I found out about you.


You say that you'd take it all back
You claim that you regret what you did and would take it back if you could.


Given one chance; it was a moment of weakness
You think that what you did was a mistake and it happened because you were in a weak moment.


And you said 'yes'
You gave in to temptation and said 'yes' to something you knew you shouldn't have.


You should've said no
You should have resisted the temptation and said 'no' to what you did.


You should've gone home
After being tempted, you should have gone home instead of acting on it.


You should've thought twice before you let it all go
You should have thought about the consequences of your actions before letting it all go.


You should've known that word like what you did with her would get back to me (get back to me)
You should have realized that what you did would eventually come back to me and hurt me.


And I should've been there in the back of your mind
I should have been in your mind before you acted on temptation, and you should have thought about how it would hurt me.


I shouldn't be asking myself why
I shouldn't be left wondering why you did what you did.


You shouldn't be beggin' for forgiveness at my feet
You shouldn't be begging for forgiveness from me because you knew what you were doing was wrong.


Baby, and you might still have me
If you had resisted temptation and stayed faithful, we might still be together.


I can't resist
I can't help but ask you one more question before you leave.


Before you go, tell me this
Before you leave, please answer me one more question.


Was it worth it?
Was betraying me and our relationship worth the temporary pleasure you got from your actions?


Was she worth this?
Was the other person involved worth losing me and our relationship over?


No, no
Your actions were not worth it, and you lost someone important because of them.


You should've said no
You should have resisted temptation and stayed faithful to me.


Baby, and you might still have me
If you had stayed faithful, we could still be together.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Taylor Swift

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