"Mean" as written by and Taylor Swift....
You, with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me
You, have knocked me off my feet again,
Got me feeling like a nothing
You, with your voice like nails
On a chalk board, calling me out when I'm wounded
You, picking on the weaker man

You can take me down
With just one single blow
But you don't know what you don't know

Someday I'll be living in a big old city
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Why you gotta be so mean?

You, with your switching sides
And your wildfire lies and your humiliation
You have pointed out my flaws again
As if I don't already see them
I walk with my head down,
Try to block you out 'cause I never impress you
I just want to feel okay again

I bet you got pushed around
Somebody made you cold but the cycle ends right now
'Cause you can't lead me down that road
And you don't know what you don't know

Someday I'll be living in a big old city
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Why you gotta be so mean?

And I can see you years from now in a bar
Talking over a football game
With that same big loud opinion
But nobody's listening, washed up and ranting
About the same old bitter things
Drunk and grumbling on about how I can't sing
But all you are is mean
All you are is mean and a liar and pathetic
And alone in life and mean, and mean, and mean, and mean

But someday I'll be living in a big old city
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Yeah someday I'll be big enough
So you can't hit me
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Why you gotta be so (mean)
Someday I'll be living in a big old city
(Why you gotta be so mean)

And all you're ever gonna be is mean
(Why you gotta be so mean)
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me
(Why you gotta be so mean)
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
Why you gotta be so mean?


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"Mean" as written by Taylor Swift

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  • +4
    General CommentI can't believe people are accusing this song of being childish. Taylor was bullied in school right? The way I see it this song isn't about Kanye at the VMA's but about standing up to bullies now how is that childish?
    Jasperseyeson December 26, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love this song. I've moved schools now, but this is what I told myself every time somebody called me a "nerd" or a "freak" and now Taylor's put it in a song. I especially love the little comment "rambling on about how I can't sing" - it shows up not only her bullies, but all the petty critics who don't have anything intelligent to say. I love you, Taylor!
    emilysingsomethingsweeton October 28, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentLol she has this but also wrote Better Than Revenge which is all about slut-shaming a girl for "stealing" a boyfriend who willingly left her. Isn't Taylor too old for such pettiness?
    laughinganywayon January 10, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYeah, it's "big enough so you can't hit me." Pretty sure it's about a critic who wouldn't lay off her to the point where they were pretty much just bullying her. At first I thought it seemed a little childish, but now I have to admit that this is how I would react to someone determined to make me look bad. This song seems like more of how she was affected by the jerk, and not so much just an angry message to them.. I don't know. Kudos to her for not letting him/her get her down though.
    epicmehon November 04, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlots of people say this is a childish song
    as you like,but in my opinion every one can relate this song
    about how someone in your life bring you down and make you feel like nothing or worthless
    so you keep saying in your mind 'i'll work hard in my life,and i'll be more successful and all you every is gonna me lame.and mean
    unless that person changed and became a better person
    this is a great song,great job, Taylor
    TaylorSwiftFan19on July 14, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the song is about Bob Lefsetz and how he told her she killed her career overnight and consigned herself to dustbin of teen phenoms. After the CMA Awards in 2009 he declared that country music was dead at the hands of Taylor Swift.
    neoncupcakes123on June 14, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentpeople keep on saying that this song it mean itself, but i just don't think you get the point. hate is a bad thing, but taylor has much more hate than people think. She is a amazing singer, and was just driving out anger with the song. If you listen to it, it doesn't seem mean, just the victm taking a stand.
    username19on September 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI thought this sounded a little childish, but it's great. I can totally relate to it, as can anyone else who's ever been bullied. I suppose in some lines, I could see how it could be a boy she's talking about. But I really thought of it as a girl. A really big, mean, girl. ;)
    MilkDuds98on October 30, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I bet you got pushed around. Somebody made you cold, but the cycle ends right now 'cause you can't lead me down that road."

    One minute later:
    "All you are is mean, and a liar, and PATHETIC, and alone in life."

    *sigh* You know, sometimes I believe that she doesn't really think these things through. Because that line is...yeah, just a tad hypocritical. Plus, considering "Better Than Revenge" and "Speak Now", I'd venture to say that she does wander down that road every once in awhile. Granted, so does everyone else in the world...but they at least acknowledge it. Admittedly though, the song is fun, and the line about she can't sing actually made me burst out laughing the first time I heard it. lol. This girl's got a lot of nerve.
    ditalacroixon November 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is childish but thats why I love it! Everyone has someone that they just want to say this to. It's kinda like how do you like me now by Toby Keith.. childish but great!
    craig523on November 16, 2010   Link

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