What does Teardrops On My Guitar mean?

Taylor Swift: Teardrops On My Guitar Meaning

Album cover for Teardrops On My Guitar album cover

Song Released: 2007

Teardrops On My Guitar Lyrics

Drew looks at me, I fake a smile so he won't see
What I want and I'm needing everything that we should be
I'll bet she's beautiful, that girl he talks about
And she's got everything that I have to live without

Drew talks to me, I laugh...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 3rd 2009 !⃝

    Well, it's about her being in love with her best friend Drew, for what seems like a long time, but she's never had the courage to tell him everything, but then he tells her he's met someone and that after all the bad relationships he's had he thinks this one is love as he says he's "finally got it right". As she writes songs late at night the tears wont stop, even when she's playing guitar he's on her mind thats why she says that "he's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar" knowing she might of missed her final chance to let him know exactly how she feels about him. She fakes smiles around him because it's difficult to be around him when she's hurting so much.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
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    Aug 4th 2007 !⃝

    A girl has been in love with her best friend, Drew, for many year but never had the courage to ask him out & now he's in a serious relationship with an other girl, so now she regrets not making her move sooner.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Sep 9th 2009 !⃝

    well this song seems to explain itself. as it says a girl is in love with her best friend but she cannot muster up the courage to tell him. it pains her heart when she sees him with another girl because she cares deeply for him. she basically has to put on a facade around him to hide her true feelings.

  4. anonymous
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    Aug 26th 2020 !⃝

    This song was about a girl in love with a guy who had feelings for someone else. Taylor was pissed he wanted the other girl instead of her. She had her chance, but waited too long. He wanted her too when he realized the song was about him, but he missed his shot. She moved on.

  5. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2019 !⃝

    This song is about a girl who has a guy friend, she loves him while being friends with him. She listens while she talks about his gf. The teardrops are her tears. When his friend broke up with his gf, he went to her house for a visit, but she has no feelings anymore for him. Life is fleeting, moving forward and not dwell on the past! hwaiting or fighting!

    Korean fan

  6. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2019 !⃝

    This song is about Taylor loving her best friend Drew, but never getting up the courage to tell him, and crying alone every night as Drew is in a serious relationship. Then one day she decides to stop crying over him and maybe get some sleep.

    Yeah, sorry, I'm super young.

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 29th 2012 !⃝

    During this song what means to her the most is her guitar since her boyfriend pretty much got swept away by her teardrops. This is from high school and somebody took him right out of her sight.She is hurt while he is out having fun and caring for this new person that he fell in love with. But she is so much in love with him so she is gonna let him go and she is going to move on as well(deep down inside she is dieing and wishing she still had him) This song is truely a note that is pretty much stating girls if your with a boy dont get to attached :')

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  8. anonymous
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    Sep 10th 2012 !⃝

    Taylor wrote this song about her high school experience. She is in love with this guy, named Drew, but he is in love with another girl whom he can't stop talking about. He goes to Taylor for advice, and Taylor would smile and is happy for him. Deep down, she is feeling hurt, especially when he talks about how special the girl is. Though Taylor didn't confess her true feelings for him and didn't get the guy she wants, but she hopes the girl can see she's lucky to have him.

  9. anonymous
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    Jan 18th 2012 !⃝

    it's about Taylor being in love with this friend of hers named Drew, and she never had the courage to say that she liked him. but Drew met this girl and he thinks she's amazing and he can't stop talking about her when he's with Taylor in class. and she says, "oh, i'm so happy for you.", but deep down she's wishing she was with him instead. at night, she would think about him and cry and that's why in the song it says, "he's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar." she regretted the day she didn't tell him she liked him.

    this song is REALLY personal and it's so honest and i love it. i know how it feels to be in the same position as Taylor and i think lots of people can relate to it.

  10. anonymous
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    Jan 4th 2012 !⃝

    Guess this song is based on a true story...

  11. anonymous
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    Jan 2nd 2012 !⃝

    It's about a crush she had a guy called Drew who was crushing/going out on another girl (he might have also been the inspration for "Invisable" as well). Whenever he started talking about her she would say "Oh I'm so happy for you" and never mean any of it. When the single was released Drew knew it was about him. He called her but she never answerd. then he came to meet her at her hoyuse as she was leaving to go to a Nashville Predators hockey game. He asked her if "Teardrops On My Guitar" was about him. She said yes. Taylor said it would have been poetic if he approached her upon the album's release and she would have accepted, but that she had already moved on.

  12. anonymous
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    Dec 29th 2011 !⃝

    Taylor have been best friends with Drew for as long as she can remember. But now shes starting to feel new feelings towards him. But painfully Drew has set his heart on another girl and since he doesnt know how she feels she goes on and on about him to her. She tries to fake that shes happy for him in front of him. But then at night all she can think of is him. That is the only reason for the teardrops on her guitar.

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 28th 2011 !⃝

    the song was incapability to have more strength on the emotional aspect of a person.. it droves him into a lasting heart breaking moment.

  14. anonymous
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    Sep 16th 2011 !⃝

    I think that some of you are spot-on with your interpretations. I do concur with those who have said that this song is about falling in love with your best friend and not expressing it soon enough. I admire her courage to come out and write a song about it, knowing that he probably knows now that it was for him. Her songs are inspirational and motivating especially when many of us can identify with them. Falling for your best friend was hard for her and she sang about it. Is there anything she can't do?

  15. anonymous
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    Jul 23rd 2011 !⃝

    is about the thought of her never to show how she really feels to the guy since it seems he doesnt even know she exists.

  16. anonymous
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    Jun 12th 2011 !⃝

    This is a beautiful song that almost every girl can relate to at some point in their lives. This song shows the frustration and longing that comes with a boy you love falling in love with another girl.

  17. anonymous
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    May 30th 2011 !⃝

    4 words: STORY OF MY LIFE.

  18. anonymous
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    Apr 26th 2011 !⃝

    it is about taylour having a cursh on a boy named drew but he already had a girlfriend by the sound of it i bet she is beautiful the girl he talks about. he say's that he finaly got it right. that probley means that he had a lot of girlfriends but none were his type when he meet the girl of his dreams he asked taylour for advice

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