Taylor Swift, ‘You Belong With Me’ — Story Behind the Song
‘You Belong With Me,’ from Taylor Swift‘s second album, ‘Fearless,’ was co-written by the songstress and Liz Rose; Swift also aided in the production of the track. It was released in April 2009 as the album’s third single.
The song hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs and Adult Contemporary charts, and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, Mainstream Top 40 and Adult Top 40 charts. It’s been certified six-times platinum and received numerous Grammy nominations. Below, Swift tells The Boot about the inspiration for the massive hit.
Just like all of my songs, ‘You Belong With Me’ is based on a real person. When I write a song, my goal is to confess what happened in a situation … When I look at the track listing on my album, I can see a face pop out in my mind.
I remember I was overhearing a conversation one of my friends was having with his girlfriend, and he was obviously getting completely chewed out by her! She was just screaming through the phone at him, and I think it was for something really small, like he told her he’d call her in 10 minutes and instead it was 15 minutes later … something like that.
I remember thinking to myself, “Why does he let her push him around like that because she obviously doesn’t appreciate him?” But instead of saying that out loud to him, I wrote it down in a song.
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