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Taylor Swift: Mean Meaning

Song Released: 2011

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Mean Lyrics

You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me
You have knocked me off my feet again, got me feeling like a nothing
You, with your voice like nails on a chalkboard calling me out when I'm wounded
You, picking...


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    Feb 13th, 2012 2:52pm report

    It's about one time at a show Kanye West interrupt her and also that night she missed a part in a song so all the media the day after said that she wasn't good! That's why she wrote "Drunk and grumbling on about how I can't sing". She also talk about her childhood when nobody use to care about her and they laugh at her, because she wanted to sing country and because she was not cool

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    Feb 13th, 2012 2:00am report

    I say it was in retaliation to Kanye West's interruption of her acceptance speech at the 2009 CMA awards.


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    Jan 21st, 2012 1:13pm report

    This song is about the fundamental difference between real talent and complaining/criticising.

    Talent can reach for the stars and grow, glorifying the gift itself.

    Complaining can only "aspire" to be mean. It can't even truly injure talent, except if the person with talent lets it.

    She is pointing out the futility of choosing the path of grumbling. "Why you gotta be so mean?"


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    Jan 14th, 2012 1:06pm report

    The hidden message in the lyrics is I THOUGHT YOU GOT ME. So I'd say that she was brought down by someone, and then she realized that she had to believe in herself and keep doing what she loves no matter what people say. And you all should too. :)


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    Jan 14th, 2012 1:57pm report

    I thought this was about Kanye being a jerk to her because he thought someone else should've won her award.


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    Jan 5th, 2012 1:41pm report

    Its about how when she was in middle school she was bullied by kids in her grade and now shes a big celebrity and ignoring all the bad things said about her and becoming a big star!


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    Dec 28th, 2011 12:55am report

    The song is about kayne west when he made fun during her thanking speech after she won an award(that's what she said on ellen's show.


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    Dec 22nd, 2011 12:06pm report

    Actaully it's about this guy who does a website reviewing country singers. He used to praise Taylor, then he started bashing her, here's a link to an article he wrote:


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    Dec 13th, 2011 12:23pm report

    this song i heard had to do with the backlash she went thru after sing with stevie nicks on the grammy's.

    they talked about how she couldnt sing, how off key she was... and pretty much talked about how many times her live performances she has hit many off key notes....

    im pretty sure this is what this song references!


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    Dec 5th, 2011 12:25pm report

    I think this is song is about how this girl in the song is getting bullied and she feels like everyone is agianst her. But taylor swift is telling her that it's ok and that they are all mean and your going to be better than them. That one day you will be rich and have a great life and all their going to be is mean. Also it's about how everyone is equal and should be together


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    Nov 21st, 2011 11:48am report

    According to Sixty Minutes in last night's show the song was written to counter criticism of her singing. Supposedly she was off key when singing with another professional. I'm a 64 year old man and I am with Taylor on this. Some of these "evaluations" by people who do not know who she is and who her audience is and what she is trying to say are so off base as to be meaningless. And they are mean as well.

    When I pay careful attention to the lyrics, I do think she has included a reference to an adult figure who would hurt her as a child not fully grown. That is a veiled reference to mean parents everywhere. There are some out there who should never have been parents or in positions of authority over young people.
    Sing on, young lady. You have one old man who is your fan.


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    Nov 6th, 2011 11:20pm report

    Even though her musicc vid show diff people being bullied by people their age, i think it's about being abused by a father.


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    Nov 5th, 2011 11:07am report

    I think it means that we must not make fun of others or humiliating them just for our sake


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    Oct 16th, 2011 10:33pm report

    This is about girls in school who were mean to her when she was a kid.


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    Sep 4th, 2011 9:53pm report

    guys, do some research. mean is about a certain blogger, who I will not name, that used to be a really big fan, but then he started blogging really mean stuff about her and her singing. so she made 'mean'

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