An archive of Taylor Swift quotes.
"Sometimes, I write about my own life. And sometimes, I write about situations I see my friends going through. Sometimes, I write about a scene I saw in a movie. I take inspiration from all different places. It’s hard to say what different topics inspire me the most. I think people inspire me the most. If I meet a person who is incredibly complex and all of a sudden, I start thinking in rhymes, that person could be a muse."
"One of my best friends is absolutely beautiful. She goes to beauty pageants and wins everything. Girls want to be her and guys want to be with her. I wrote this song the day I found out about her eating disorder. It completely blew my mind, and this one was tough to write, because I wasn’t just telling some sad story. This was real. This song is basically about the girls I know, and the difficult things I saw them go through. I’ve never seen this song as a lecture. It’s really about how no matter what my friends go through, I’m always going to love them." — Taylor Swift talking about Tied Together With A Smile (x)
"This is one of the first songs I ever wrote, and it talks about the very reason I ever started to write songs. It was when I was twelve years old, and a complete outcast at school. I was a lot different than all the other kids, and I never really knew why. I was taller, and sang country music at karaoke bars and festivals on weekends while other girls went to sleepovers. Some days I woke up not knowing if anyone was going to talk to me that day. I think every person comes to a point in their life when you have a long string of bad days. You can choose to let it drag you down, or you can find ways to rise above it. I came to the conclusion that even though people hadn’t always been there for me, music had. It’s strange to think how different my life would be right now if I had been one of the cool kids." — Taylor Swift talking about The Outside (x)
"I wrote this song with Liz, and I think the lyrics to this song are some of the best we’ve ever written. It’s about that moment where you realize someone isn’t at all who you thought they were, and that you’ve been trying to make excuses for someone who doesn’t deserve them. And that some people are just never going to love you. We were halfway through writing this when I started singing ‘And now that I’m sitting here thinking it through, I’ve never been anywhere cold as you.’" — Taylor Swift talking about Cold As You (x)
"I wrote this song when I was thirteen and had just moved to Nashville. It was tough trying to find out how I was going to get where I wanted to go. I knew where I wanted to be, but I just didn’t know how to get there. I’m really happy this is on the album, because I feel like I finally figured it out." — Taylor Swift talking about A Place In This World (x)
"I used to have a huge crush on this guy, who would sit there every day talking to me about…another girl: how beautiful she was, how nice and smart and perfect she was. And I sat there and listened, never meaning it any of the times I said ‘Oh, I’m so happy for you.’ I guess this is a good example of how I let my feelings out in songs, and sometimes no other way. And I’ve never been afraid of using names. I love this song because of its honesty and vulnerability. To this day, they are still together and he has no idea about this song." — Taylor Swift talking about Teardrops On My Guitar (x)
"Before I sing this song, I always try to tell the audience that I really do try to be a nice person… but if you break my heart, hurt my feelings, or are really mean to me, I’m going to write a song about you. Haha. This song is the perfect example." — Taylor Swift talking about Picture To Burn (x)
"This song means so much to me, that’s why we wanted it to be the first track on the album. The idea for this song came to me in math class. I just started singing to myself ‘When you think Tim McGraw.’ The concept for this song hit me, because I was dating a guy who moved away, and it was going to be over for us. So I started thinking of things that I knew would remind him of me. The first thing that came to mind was that my favorite song is by Tim McGraw. After school, I went downtown, sat down at the piano, and wrote this with Liz Rose in fifteen minutes. It may be the best fifteen minutes I’ve ever experienced." — Taylor Swift talking about Tim McGraw (x)
"There are endless possibilities of where I could take the narrative of what I do. I haven’t started to conceptualize what the next record will be, but there are always ideas that I have flying around. I guess I’ll just try each one out until I find something that fits." — Taylor Swift talking about doing more role-playing in her songwriting (x)
"I’ve never looked at my life and thought, I wish I could write about having different circumstances. And if I want to jump into a character, I’ll do something like my song for the Hunger Games soundtrack. When the Hunger Games people came to me and said ‘we want you to write from Katniss’ perspective,’ it was really crazy to read that book, jump into her skin, and to have a whole different set of hopes and fears in front of me." — Taylor Swift talking about growing up and the material she has to draw from (x)
"Yeah, I get into that thing, for sure. Let me think, what else… I’m actually going through my playlists right now. Ooh! ‘Madness’ by Muse. That song’s so good." — Taylor Swift talking about her favorite songs of 2012 (x)