You said it in a simple way,
4 AM, the second day,
How strange that I don't know you at all.
Stumbled through the long goodbye,
One last kiss, then catch your flight,
Right when I was just about to fall

I told myself don't get attached,
But in my mind I play it back,
Spinning faster than the plane that took you,

And this is when the feeling sinks in,
I don't wanna miss you like this,
Come back, be here, come back, be here.
I guess you're in New York today,
I don't wanna need you this way,
Come back, be here, come back, be here.

The delicate beginning rush,
The feeling you can know so much,
Without knowing anything at all.
And now that I can put this down,
If I had known what I know now,
I never would have played so nonchalant.

Taxi cabs and busy streets,
That never bring you back to me,
I can't help but wish you took me with you,

And this is when the feeling sinks in,
I don't wanna miss you like this,
Come back, be here, come back, be here.
I guess you're in London today,
And I don't wanna need you this way,
Come back, be here, come back, be here.

This is falling in love in the cruelest way,
This is falling for you and you are worlds away.

New York, be here.
But you're in London and I break down,
'Cause it's not fair that you're not around.

This is when the feeling sinks in,
I don't wanna miss you like this,
Come back, be here, come back, be here.
I guess you're in New York today,
And I don't wanna need you this way,
Come back, be here, come back, be here.

I don't wanna miss you like this.
Come back, be here.
Come back, be here.



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"Come Back... Be Here" as written by Taylor Swift, Dan Wilson

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  • +1
    General Comment:i honestly dont care who did taylor wrote this song for. i love this song bcos it relates to me so well! my boyfriend is a cabin crew and we've been together for abt a year. people think the job is fabulous and glamorous bcos you get to travel all over the country, but let me tell you.... it's really not what you think it is. long haul flights, spending sometimes more than 24 hours on the plane and in airports anywhere around the world and of course not being able to catch up with your family, friends and your own girlfriend bcos you're halfway across the continent....... it's a tough job and this song relates to me so well cos i know how it feels like to be in love with someone who is constantly travelling or always busy. so i hope couples who gets to see their other half on a constant basis, i hope you cherish these moments together. people like me and others who are in long-distance relationships as well, would like to know how it feels like to be in your position - to be with the one we truly love for one whole day with no flyings and no busy schedules.

    thank you taylor for this amazing songs and pure lyrics x
    snappysunon June 02, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:How sad....
    FancyHarryon October 30, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:I think this might be about Jake Gyllenhaal because of the line "in my mind I play it back, spinning faster than the plane that took you" because of the line in Red (which I'm 99% certain is about him) "that's why he's spinning round in my head." I just think that the image of spinning round in her head must link to one time or person, but maybe I'm reading way too much into it...

    I adore this song so much though; it's so poignant.
    littlemisschocoholicon December 11, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:This isnt about Harry Styles because she wrote this before they dated.Taylor SWift would never make it so obvious with London and stuff. THis is about Jake Gyllenhaal because when they were dating he had to go film a movie and he went to london while she was in NY then he went to NY while she was in london.
    melanie23xon January 24, 2013   Link
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    General Comment:This isnt about Harry Styles because she wrote this before they dated.Taylor SWift would never make it so obvious with London and stuff. THis is about Jake Gyllenhaal because when they were dating he had to go film a movie and he went to london while she was in NY then he went to NY while she was in london.
    melanie23xon January 24, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation:I think this is about a friends-with-benefits situation that turned into actual feelings on her end.

    The lines "I don't wanna miss you like this," "I don't wanna need you this way," and "I told myself don't get attached" hint at it, and the line "if I had known what I know now, I never would have played so nonchalant" really drives the point home.
    She thought she could be in a FWB situation and not get attached, telling herself she wouldn't develop feelings. Yet suddenly she's missing him like she would a boyfriend, not a FWB, and she realizes that she never should have acted like it was no big deal when she's beginning to fall.

    Just my take on it. I'm kind of in that position, so maybe I'm just twisting the words to fit my situation. Regardless, it's a lovely song.
    fadedmemories14on March 27, 2014   Link
  • -1
    General Comment:I have a feeling that in March I'll be listening to this song a lot, the guy I like is going to Europe for a school trip.
    kittens20on January 30, 2013   Link
  • -2
    Song Meaning:This song is actually a song for Taylor's ex , Harry Styles from One Direction.
    Its obvious from the line...I guess you're in New York today...that line was the time when Harry went to New York for the filming of Gotta Be You. Emily Ostilly was the girl he drove home who was also in that video and the one who maked up with him. Harry kissed her on the cheek being the gentleman that he is, but she suddenly maked out with him. He even honestly admit he didn't like the way she kissed him. When Harry started explaining to Taylor not to believe what she will see in the internet about him, she was heartbroken for she saw it when she typed his name. The picture the paparazzies took of Harry and Emily kissing. Then the other line of that song...I guess your in London today...that line was when Harry finally came back to London. This is really a sad heartfelt song, Taylor really wanted him to come back, he was her inspiration in this song. They dated back in April 2012, Harry was hinted at making it official with her but then, this happened just when he's about to go back to Taylor. The other lyrics...right One last kiss then catch your flight, right when I was just about to fall..that was the time when Taylor really fall for him and didn't care about what anyone said about Harry, she just had her love goggles on.
    FancyHarryon October 30, 2012   Link
  • -2
    Song Meaning:This song is actually a song for Taylor's ex , Harry Styles from One Direction.
    Its obvious from the line...I guess you're in New York today...that line was the time when Harry went to New York for the filming of Gotta Be You. Emily Ostilly was the girl he drove home who was also in that video and the one who maked up with him. Harry kissed her on the cheek being the gentleman that he is, but she suddenly maked out with him. He even honestly admit he didn't like the way she kissed him. When Harry started explaining to Taylor not to believe what she will see in the internet about him, she was heartbroken for she saw it when she typed his name. The picture the paparazzies took of Harry and Emily kissing. Then the other line of that song...I guess your in London today...that line was when Harry finally came back to London. This is really a sad heartfelt song, Taylor really wanted him to come back, he was her inspiration in this song. They dated back in April 2012, Harry was hinted at making it official with her but then, this happened just when he's about to go back to Taylor. The other lyrics...right One last kiss then catch your flight, right when I was just about to fall..that was the time when Taylor really fall for him and didn't care about what anyone said about Harry, she just had her love goggles on.
    FancyHarryon October 30, 2012   Link
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    General Comment:I don't know why people think this is about Harry, or why they also think that Treacherous, I Knew You Were Trouble, and Sad Beautiful Tragic are about him either. There is seriously no reputable source or reason to believe that they ever went on a single date.

    IF this isn't about Jake Gyllenhaal (like most of the songs on the album), I think there's actually a chance that it's about Ed Sheeran, and not Harry. We know they spent a lot of time together hanging out and writing. The "London" thing fits Ed just as well as Harry, but there's actual proof that they hung out and got along really well. Taylor's constantly talking about how he's one of her favorite people in the world.

    Maybe I'm just reading too much into the "How strange that I don't know you at all" line because it really reminds me of their duet (ie "I just wanna know you better").
    canuck23on October 31, 2012   Link

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