What does Picture to Burn mean?

Taylor Swift: Picture to Burn Meaning

Album cover for Picture to Burn album cover

Song Released: 2008

Picture to Burn Lyrics

State the obvious,
I didn't get my perfect fantasy,
I realized you love yourself,
More than you could ever love me,
So go and tell your friends,
That I'm obsessive and crazy,
That's fine,
You won't mind if I say,
By the way,

I hate...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 12th 2008 !⃝

    THe songs about Taylor in a realationship with a guy who she realizes isn't as perfect as she thought " i didn't get my perfect fantasy" and he is WAY self absorbed " you love yourself more than you could evr love me" so she breaks up with him and then he goes off and tells lies about her to his friends but she doesn't care and does the same thing " so go and tell your friends that i'm obbsesive and crazy thats fine i'll tell mine that your gay" then she says all the things she hates about him ( chorus) and then says she doesn't care about him anymore "you're just another pucture to burn" and she gets revenge by dating all his friends ect. and she says i don't ever want you back so don't say sorry "and if you come around saying sorry to me my daddys goin show how sorry you'll be" and she says she doesn't care he misses her and that he dosen't matter to her anymore.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Apr 17th 2009 !⃝

    It's all about how she broke up with a self absorbed jerk, "I realize you love yourself more than you could ever love me" She doesnt care if he tells all his friends lies about her because she's telling hers that he's gay and that's why she dumped him. "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy That's fine; I'll tell mine that you're gay" Then she's going to date all of his friends and prove him wrong to his friends for revenge anyway. "There's no time for tears, I'm just sitting here
    planning my revenge There's nothing stopping me
    From going out with all of your best friends" It doesnt really matter to her anyway though, because he's "just another picture to burn" She states twice that there is no way that he can get her back. "And if you come around saying sorry to me My daddy's gonna show you how sorry you'll be" "If you're missing me, You'd better keep it to yourself Cause coming back around here Would be bad for your health..." And she mentions a few things she hates about him. "I hate that stupid old pickup truck You never let me drive You're a redneck heartbreak Who's really bad at lying" Basically a good, old fasioned, "You suck, so suck it!" break-up song.

  3. anonymous
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    Jun 6th !⃝

    think picture of burn is a you don't state the obvious and my perfect fantasy is not a fantasy and including love yourself and ever love me.
    and crazy. won't mind if I say. by the way is not a way for you. hate that stupid truck you never let me drive is a work on a it.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 5th 2022 !⃝

    This song is about a girl being screwed over by a jerk. and she's angry at him for only telling his side of the story.
    she may have stalked him and had feelings for him. but he's a coward for not considering her feelings at all.

  5. anonymous
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    Apr 13th 2013 !⃝

    The meaning of this song is that she thought that he was a nice guy but then she realizes what he is really like and says, ‘Just another picture to burn’ meaning that she just wants to forget everything to do with him. Also she shows great amounts of hatred to him by saying if you say I’m obsessive and crazy then I’ll tell everyone that you’re gay. Another example of her hatred is, ‘If you come around saying sorry to me/ My Daddy’s gonna show you how sorry you’ll be’ which implies that if he puts on an act to try and get her back (probably only to break her heart again) her Dad will show him how much pain he has caused her.

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2012 !⃝

    a guy is so self obsessed with himself that he thinks he can cheat on her and she'll still come back to him. she finds him cheating and whishes she hadnt wasted her time. hes not worth anything. he'll be another pile of ashes in her fireplace

  7. anonymous
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    May 22nd 2011 !⃝

    I'll just explain in a short message : State the obvious, I didn't get my perfect FANTASY , I think Taylor is trying to say the boy that she is dating with is not as amazing as she thinks and the boy have another girl behind Taylor's back, she is determine to burn all those memorable memories with the boy she is dating with like a picture to burn...seriously is just my thoughts

  8. anonymous
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    Feb 21st 2011 !⃝

    It's about loving a boy who isn't all he though he was, and thinks he's "all that," and he dumps you, and spreads rumors. You realize that ther is no point in crying over this boy, because he never was worth it in the first place. You wouldn't go back to him if he asked.

  9. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2010 !⃝

    It's about her crush. She started talking to herself: "I hate his stupid old pickup truck." Then she said, "OMG!" Then, kaboom. A song.

  10. singdancewrite
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    Jun 14th 2009 !⃝

    I think that what Taylor was trying to say is that she just knew all along that he was no good, so when they finally broke up she was glad in a way, so she blew away her memory of him by burning all the pictures. She never relized that when he left ( she burnt the pix) she could never get it back, because he just left her hanging like a dead man. When she finally found him again she really noticed that she wanted the camera (the relationship) back

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2009 !⃝

    About her and her boyfriend breaking up because he is too self absorbed. She doesn't care that there over "Just another picture to burn". Big whoop. Her dad will beat him up if he comes around saying that he's sorry. "daddy's gunna show you how sorry you'll be".

  12. anonymous
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    Mar 29th 2008 !⃝

    It's about after Taylor and her boyfriend brake up. She's mad at him and doesn't love him anymore "As far as I'm concerned your just another picture to burn!"

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