"I Almost Do" as written by and Taylor Swift....
I bet this time of night you're still up.
I bet you're tired from a long hard week.
I bet you're sitting in your chair by the window looking out at the city.
And I bet sometimes you wonder about me.

And I just wanna tell you
It takes everything in me not to call you.
And I wish I could run to you.
And I hope you know that every time I don't
I almost do,
I almost do.

I bet you think I either moved on or hate you
'Cause each time you reach out there's no reply.
I bet it never ever occurred to you that I can't say "Hello" to you
And risk another goodbye.

And I just wanna tell you
It takes everything in me not to call you.
And I wish I could run to you.
And I hope you know that every time I don't
I almost do,
I almost do.

Oh, we made quite a mess, babe.
It's probably better off this way.
And I confess babe,
In my dreams you're touching my face
And asking me if I wanna try again with you.
And I almost do.

And I just wanna tell you
It takes everything in me, not to call you.
And I wish I could run to you.
And I hope you know that every time I don't
I almost do,
I almost do.

I bet this time of night you're still up.
I bet you're tired from a long hard week.
I bet you're sitting in your chair by the window looking out at the city.
And I hope sometimes you wonder about me.


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"I Almost Do" as written by Taylor Swift

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  • +5
    General CommentI think the lyrics are pretty clear what this song is about. She wants somebody to know that they're still on her mind even though she can't tell them. Sometimes it's hard to keep your distance and you want nothing more than to tell that person how you feel but it's for the best that you don't. This song literally described how I've felt for the past few months.
    ohkykyon October 18, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI really hope that this song is about Adam Young (Owl City). I know that he still has feelings for her, and as a huge fan of them both I would love this to be her second song about him. Enchanted was so perfect and his reply just made it so much better. Some general hints to why I think it may be about him;

    1. "I bet this time of night you’re still up" - possible hint to Adam's self-confessed insomnia? Taylor is obviously staying up late at night thinking about him.

    2. "I bet you’re sitting in your chair by the window, looking out at the city" - sitting by the window looking out always sounds like something Adam would do, he's a very thoughtful individual and this comes across in his songs. Also maybe just me wishing too hard, but the way she sings "out at the city" almost sounds like Owl City maybe I don't know.

    3. "I bet you think I either moved on or hate you
    ‘Cause each time you reach out there’s no reply" - Adam never received a reply to his Valentine's day gift of the cover of Enchanted "I never heard back from Taylor but I'm sure she's busy." and I'm sure somewhere he said she stopped replying to his e-mails as well.

    4. "We made quite a mess, babe
    It’s probably better off this way" - There's one interview when asked why Adam and Taylor stopped speaking he said "I don't know. I think I'm not the most romantic and eloquent guy in the world. She's just this endearing, wonderful girl and maybe I said something wrong, who knows. It went on for 3 or 4 months, something like that."

    5. The clue in Taylor's album booklet was "Wrote this instead of calling" - Adam has often admitted that he's so shy that he finds telephone calls awkward or uncomfortable so that may be pointing to that, on Adam's blog regarding his reply to Enchanted he chose to record her song rather than call her.

    "That song is sort of about pining away for if you're ever going to see someone again, walking away too early," she told me. "It was about this guy that I met in New York City, and I had talked to him on email before, but I had never met him. And meeting him, it was just this overwhelming feeling of: I really hope that you're not inlove with somebody. And the whole entire way home, I just remember the glittery New York City buildings passing by and then just sitting there thinking, am I ever gonna talk to this person again? It was that feeling of pining away for a romance that may never even happen, but all you have is this hope that it could, and the fear that it never will." - Taylor Swift regarding Enchanted

    I'd like to pick out that she said she left too soon which would relate to her not wanting to have to say another goodbye in relation to I Almost Do.

    So yeah, maybe just wishful thinking on my part but what do you think?
    ofjuneon November 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionI feel like she is saying that there is someone she wants so bad to talk to, but by talking to them, it will only reopen her wound, making everything hurt all over again. The only way to keep her wound "closed" would be to not talk to him. By avoiding the hurt and pain, she also has to avoid the joy and happiness that goes along with talking to him.
    This is exactly how I feel with my really good friend who moved. I want to talk to him, but I know it will only end in sorrow.
    dork92387964573on May 27, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about someone who truly broke your heart. You have every detail memorized about that person, from what they do when they're home. And I think it's about just wishing you could call them, but something stops you. I think what stops her is because that person hurt her so bad, she doesn't want to put herself in that position again.

    The guy keeps trying to reach out to her, and it takes everything she has not to reply. But she has to keep her distance because she doesn't want to end up hurt again.

    She has dreams about being with that person again, and she almost wants those dreams to come true. What stops her from making those dreams become a reality is that the guy hurt her bad enough that she couldn't risk saying another goodbye.
    olemisschickon July 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    MemoryThis song is basically about wanting to talk to someone, but you can't because you don't want to be hurt by them anymore. I can totally relate to this song. I was dating this guy a few months ago. Me and him got into a lot of fights and it wasn't a healthy relationship. One day I was tired of being hurt and I left. There are days where I want to call him up or send him and email, but I don't because I know that if I get back with him I will just be hurt again. Great song. I luv Taylor <3
    Vegancocoon October 31, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti am in tears, omgggggggggglkasjflkasfasdf
    thrwmyhrtawy.on October 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis acoustic song finds Swift reaching for the phone to reconnect with a former boyfriend before deciding she dare not "risk another goodbye." When The Daily Beast asked Swift whether her songs are autobiographical, she replied: "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."
    musicrocks13on November 11, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've felt this way so often.
    You want to text or call him, maybe even ask questions and whenever you want to, you can't and when you don't, you almost do. It's really tricky ... the only way to describe the feeling is to feel completely helpless of a situation. So many questions pop up in your head like "Will he reply?" "Is it worth it?" "What's the point?" "I wonder what he's up to" "If I don't, nothing will happen but what if I do?".
    xojessicaon December 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningTo me, this song is about the conflict you get in the mind when you really want to get back in contact with someone, but you know you really shouldn't because it'll just make you hurt more. You sit by the phone, and part of you wants to pick up and call them because you just wish you could run to them and have them there to comfort you. But the rest of you won't let you do it because you know you'll just be risking another goodbye. You're saving yourself a massive heartache and replacing it with a slightly smaller one by not running to them.
    ♥
    13Loveon February 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningThis is a song that is about a relation in which taylor broke up cause she didnt wanna heart that boy anymore, she didnt wanna use him...he still loves her but she has somehow stopped loving him so she broke up n didnt wanna patch up cause she noes she cant give him that much love that he gives her....n she thinks that if she does talk to him lyk as in if she says jst a HI......she will be not strong enough to see the pain in that eyes so she will patch up wid him again n so while she goes to do a thing she realizes her mistake of doing it again n she stops at that point of time....so she says i almost do.....

    If u want me explain a line plz reply :)
    tanvi100000634082807on September 13, 2013   Link

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