Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Lyrics Breakdown

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Posted by on 09/18/2012 at 5:40 PM Best of 2012, Exclusive, Lyrics

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"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Taylor Swift's upcoming fourth studio album Red, is a landmark in Swift's career. The song sold 623,000 digital copies in its first week, a new record for digital sales by a female artist. It's her first Hot 100 No. 1; Swift's transition from "Tim McGraw" drawlin’, Faith Hill-bouffant-sportin’ country girl-woman to full-fledged pop starlet is now complete. (There’s even fancy boy-toy beau, Conor Kennedy, to round out the picture: bona fide American political royalty, a pedigreed prince for a pop princess.)

Taylor had some help on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together": The song was co-written by Max Martin and Shellback, the Swedish ninjas responsible, collectively, for most of the hit records you’ve ever heard. It's got a more lustrous sheen than Swift's previous hits—it's the first Taylor Swift song that you could imagine Katy Perry or Kelly Clarkson singing. But it’s still got that the telltale Taylor feel: another vengeful breakup anthem from our most reliable kisser-and-teller.

Here's our take on the key lyrics. Tell us if we're completely bizonkers by clicking the highlighted text and commenting, or start a thread by highlighting the plain text.

I remember when we broke up the first time
Saying this is it, I’ve had enough, ’cause like
We hadn’t seen each other in a month
When you, said you, needed space, what?
Then you come around again and say
Baby, I miss you and I swear I’m gonna change
Trust me, remember how that lasted for a day
I say, “I hate you,” we break up, you call me, “I love you”

Oooooh we called it off again last night
But Oooooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you
We are never ever ever getting back together
We are never ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends talk
To my friends talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

Like ever…

I’m really gonna miss you picking fights
And me, falling for a screaming that I’m right
And you, will hide away and find your piece of mind with some indie record that’s much cooler than mine

Oooh you called me up again tonight
But Oooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you
We are never ever ever getting back together
We are never ever ever getting back together
You go talk to your friends talk to my friends talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever getting back together

I used to think, that we, were forever ever ever
And I used to say never say never

Unnnh, he calls me up and he’s like, I still love you
And I’m like, I’m just, I mean this is exhausting, you know
We are never getting back together, like ever

We, oooh, oooh, not back together, we
Oh, getting back together

You go talk to your friends talk
And my friends talk to me
But we are never ever ever ever ever getting back together

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