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Taylor Swift: Back to December Meaning

Song Released: 2010

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Back to December Lyrics

I'm so glad you made time to see me
How's life, tell me how's your family
I haven't seen them in a while
You've been good, busier than ever
We small talk, work and the weather
Your guard is up, and I know why
Because the last time you saw...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Jun 12th 2011 report

    Back to December is written as an 'apology somg' to Taylor Lautner saying that she's sorry for hurting him. This is obviously a really personal song, referring to the memories and laughs they shared, but also mentioning the darker side of the relationship: Taylor L must have acted similar to the way taylor S exes had acted, but his intentions were different. Because she had been hurt by her past loves, taylor S naturally assumed that he was going to hurt her, too, even though he wasn't, so in order to keep her heart from getting broken, she dumped him before he had a chance to hurt her.


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    Nov 15th 2010 report

    This song is about her relationship with Taylor Lautner. She says in the song that all through the summer they were close friends and enjoyed some good times together and when it came to fall she realised she was in love with him. However in the winter she starts to have doubts and when he comes and gives his love to her she simply rejects him. She's looking back on it now and regretting her decision. She is talking to him and trying to ask for his forgiveness and also wondering whether they could ever be together again. She says she goes "back to december all the time" meaning she constantly goes back to her memories of the night she rejected him and wishes she could change her own mind.


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    Mar 4th 2011 report

    This song is an "apology" to a boy she hurt. Because Taylor had been hurt by her past relationships, she guarded her heart carefully and was determined not to get it broken again, so she dumped him before he could really hurt her. This boy, though, porved to be different from her past boyfriends, and really, truly, loved her. After she dumped him, she realized what mistake she made.

    The first part of the song is about what it's like after the relationship is over. They don't talk much anymore, make no mention of their past, and she is jsut happy to hear from him. The chorus is about her swallowing her pride and telling him that she's sorry for hurting him, anf if she could go back in time and change it, she would.

    The first part of the second verse means that she can't stop thinking about what she did, and that she regrets it. The second part refers to their love story - how they got to know each other during the Summer, and realized that she was crushing in the fall. When the cold came, and they had been dating for a while, fear of being hurt and brokenhearted crept into her mind, so she dumped him. After she did that, though, she realized that he was different from the other guys and really loved her.

    The first part of the third verse is telling him how much she missed every little detail about him (tanned hair, sweet smile, etc). The second part is telling him she knew what mistake she made, and is willing to love him right this time, if he would give her another chance. If he doesn't, she understands.

  4. Little_girl_08
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    Feb 17th 2021 report

    The song was written as an apology for Taylor Lautner( miss your tan skin). I think that because she has been heartbroken so many times before that she just guessed that he would be like that to, so to save her own heart she dumped him(You gave me roses and I left them there to die). By the way the song goes I'm guessing that she later regrets dumping him because she then realises what she had with him and how much they meant to each other and she wants him back but she doesn't think that he will take her back but she's going to try.

  5. anonymous
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    Aug 13th 2019 report

    I would like to write this song for my mom and then she’ll let me know when she gets there and help me out with the song and so she will be doing something with music she said thank goodness she was so happy to watch her daughter dance

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2019 report

    While they take a sour worldview, don't think of sad songs as a negative thing. Think of them as a healing catharsis, letting tears wash the soul of residual angst in preparation for facing the next dawn with a new lease on life. Loading your boombox up with something from our collection of "I'm sorry" apology songs couldn't hurt!

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 23rd 2018 report

    I love that song, it’s so beautiful and absolutely liked the purple dress that looks like the purple Barney, when she wears a dress with her tutu, and then I’ll be wearing same thing as Taylor’s, so, I’m wearing that for this Halloween?

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 19th 2017 report

    This is a song about a relationship that T-Swift herself screwed up, but she feels awful about it. She sees again her previous lover and apologizes for what happened. "Your guard is up,and I know why" He clearly doesn't feel comfortable around Taylor. "You left roses of my doorstep, and I left them there to die" This part used to confuse me. She suddenly stopped loving him? Then I got to thinking, perhaps she made mistake and couldn't stand facing him. Then she realized she didn't take his feelings intl perspective and apologized for it. Honesty, I just hope Taylor Swift will finally find a guy because I feel bad that so many relationships turned bad for her.

  9. anonymous
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    Jul 11th 2016 report

    This song is about regret and how she goes back to the day they broke up all the time.

  10. anonymous
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    Feb 9th 2016 report

    Song about second chances. from the line but " "but we loved again I swear I'd love you right"

  11. anonymous
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    Dec 24th 2012 report

    This song is about breaking up with Taylor Lautner and how she's sorry for breaking her heart. He gave her all his love and all she did was a goodbye. I think she was falling in love with John Mayer at this point because in her song Superman(about John) she said she wished the flowers and cards were from him instead(referring to "you gave me roses and I left them there to die") plus she wanted John to wait for her relationship with Taylor was done so she could finally be with him instead.
    So this song is saying sorry to Taylor.

  12. gigibug2000
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    Jul 17th 2012 report

    it is about how she broke her boyfriend's heart and wished she could go back and take it back

  13. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2012 report


    this song is so sad so blue that i wanna cry everytime
    i don't know if u have ever fall in love. it's an awful thing when you're apart. anyway... this was very beautiful. the music , the rythem , the lyrics, ..., everything. I Did like it.

  14. anonymous
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    May 31st 2012 report

    I think this is about her falling in love with Taylor Lautner. She fell in love with him in the summer, but by winter she started to get doubts about their relationship. She decided to break up with him but this song is about her regretting it.

  15. fernanda
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    Apr 16th 2012 report

    shse really loves Taylor Lautner... but she is just kind of regret

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 9th 2012 report

    This is about wanting a guy she liked back all that was said and done on that night but not knowing if she will be forgiven and putting herself out there

  17. anonymous
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    Apr 3rd 2012 report

    "When I think about summer, all the beautiful times..."
    Summer is symbolic of contentment and happiness.

    "I realised I loved you in the fall..."
    The autumn (fall) is symbolic of maturity and the coming of the despair and loss.

    "And then the cold came: the dark days when fear crept into my mind..."
    The winter is symbolic of despair and loss. It is also symbolic of doubts and cold-bloodedness, and how she snubbed him: she says 'you gave me roses, and I left them there to die'.

    December is the time when you look forward to the new year and look ahead, while in the song, Taylor Swift looks back the year, and regrets her decision.

  18. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2012 report

    this song is about doing a big mistake, and finding out that is was too late to fix it. this song is about taylor lautner and how taylor swift was really careless with him in their relationship when he was just perfect for her. and now, taylor is saying how she is sorry and how she should've said the right thing at the right time. this is a really personal song, and i love it for it's honesty.

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