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All You Had To Do Was Stay Lyrics

Verse One: People like you always want back the love they gave away. People like me wanna believe it when you say you say you've changed. The more I think about it know, the less I know. All I know is that you drove us... OFF THE...

  1. anonymous
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    Jun 3rd report

    This song seems to be about Taylor and her partner who grew apart or broke up for some reason. It is her saying "all you had to do was stay," suggesting that things would have been OK if they hadn't broken up and that they could still be together if they had stayed and tried to work things out. A line from it also says "now you say you want me back," which one has to assume is the person trying to work things out once it is already to late.

  2. anonymous
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    Nov 5th 2020 report

    I think this song is about how the paparazzi and the public always try to get the gossip on the relationships Taylor is in. "I know places we can hide" from the people intervening in her life and making assumptions. She wants to protect her partner from the press but also dreadfully wants to be with her partner.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2019 report

    It was written by Swift and Max Martin.

  4. anonymous
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    Jan 31st 2019 report

    I think for this personal album to give people to help out. The giving out music is very good, you’ll see it.

  5. anonymous
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    Sep 9th 2017 report

    All you had to do was stay is one of my favorite songs from 1989.
    This song is about how Someone from her past comes up again and is asking for her back she's unsure how to react.
    "Here you are now calling me up but I don't know what to say"
    It's been quite some time since this relationship ended and yes at one point he was all she wanted and would have done anything but now that It's been sometime she's realized that she doesn't want him if she has to beg for him.
    "You were all I wanted but not like this"
    In a way she's mad because when she wanted him he wasn't there but now that it's the opposite he expects her to come back so easily, as if it had no affect on her.
    This song shows how much Taylor has changed
    Before Taylor states numerous times that she'd do anything to get the guy she loves back
    But now she realizes her worth and won't jump back into something regardless of if she can or now.

  6. anonymous
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    Jul 14th 2015 report

    In this song Taylor is explaining that this guy wants back what they use to have after he gave it away and pushed it aside. However Taylor doesn't want to reconcile with him. She does admit that he was all she wanted and some point, but she doesn't want him like this, she'e also letting him now that he shouldn't have left thinking that he could just come back and pick things up where they were left off.

  7. sweet4evermore
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    Feb 1st 2015 report

    This song is about a guy that she liked but he left. Now he wants her back but she says 'it's over you ended it, you were all I wanted but not like this, not like this'

    Lesson learned don't leave if you want them!

    This guy is a jerk and loser. She can do a lot better then him. Who ever he is.

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