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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...


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    Jun 12th, 2011 6:47pm 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 11:33am 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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    Feb 21st, 2011 2:36pm report

    This song is about breaking up with your boyfriend because you are afraid he was going to hurt you (Dark days when fear crept into my mind.) He loved you though, and HE was the one who got hurt by YOU (you gave me all your love, and all I gave you was goodbye.) After she broke up with him, she realized that all that she had done, and began to feel guilty for hurting him, because she knew exactly how that felt. She wishes she realized all that she had when he was with her, and is giving him a second chance, telling him that "if they loved again, she swears she'd love him right," But she knows that he might have moved on (if the chain is on your door, i'll understand.) This song is an apoligy for hurting him.


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    Aug 13th, 2019 8:17pm 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


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    Mar 12th, 2019 3:59am 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!


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    Nov 23rd, 2018 11:18pm 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?


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    Feb 19th, 2017 2:54am 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.


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    Jul 11th, 2016 7:29pm report

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


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    Feb 9th, 2016 2:14am report

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


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    Dec 24th, 2012 12:11pm 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.


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    Jul 17th, 2012 7:39pm report

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


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    Jun 13th, 2012 6:29pm 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.


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    May 31st, 2012 5:59pm 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.


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    Apr 16th, 2012 4:16pm report

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


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    Apr 9th, 2012 4:33pm 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


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    Apr 3rd, 2012 4:58am 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.


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    Jan 18th, 2012 1:28am 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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    Jan 3rd, 2012 1:18am report

    This song is to Taylor Lautner because when she sang Back to December in Michigan she said: "I'd go back in time and change it but I can't... SO THIS IS TO THE BOY FROM MICHIGAN" and Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Then she mixed it with the song Apologize and you can watch Taylor Lautner "singing" Apologize on youtube.

    Also when she explained the song she said: "This is about a person who was incredible to me, just perfect to me in our relationship and I was really careless with him; so this is a song for the words I would say to him that he deserves to hear", at the end she almost cry.

    In the official video you can see a man wearing a jacket really similar to the jacket that Lautner always wears.

    The song starts at 0:13 and rumors say that they broke up at her birthday: DECEMBER 13TH 2009.

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