When a girl was so in love with a guy then another girl also liked him so she "took him away" from the girl that was the girlfriend to the guy....
Now go stand in the corner and think about what you did
Ha, time for a little revenge

The story starts when it was hot and it was summer
And, I had it all I had him right there where I wanted him
She came along, got him alone, and let's hear the applause
She took him faster than you could say sabotage
I never saw it coming, nor would I have suspected it
I underestimated just who I was dealing with
She had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum
She underestimated just who she was stealing from

She's not a saint and she's not what you think
She's an actress, whoa
She's better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa
Soon she's gonna find
Stealing other people's toys on the playground
Won't make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, ha

She looks at life like it's a party and she's on the list
She looks at me like I'm a trend and she's so over it
I think her ever present frown is a little troubling
And, she thinks I'm psycho
'Cause I like to rhyme her name with things, but
Sophistication isn't what you wear, or who you know
Or pushing people down to get you where you wanna go
Oh they didn't teach you that in prep school
So it's up to me
But no amount of vintage dresses gives you dignity
(Think about what you did)

She's not a saint and she's not what you think
She's an actress, whoa
She's better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa
Soon she's gonna find
Stealing other people's toys on the playground
Won't make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, ha

I'm just another thing for you to roll your eyes at honey
You might have him, but haven't you heard
I'm just another thing for you to roll your eyes at honey
You might have him, but I'll always get the last word
Whoa

She's not a saint and she's not what you think
She's an actress, whoa
She's better known for the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa
Soon she's gonna find
Stealing other people's toys on the playground
Won't make you many friends
She should keep in mind,
She should keep in mind
There is nothing I do better than revenge, ha

And do you still feel like you know what you're doing,
'Cause I don't think you do, oh
Do you still feel like you know what you're doing
I don't think you do, I don't think you do
Let's hear the applause
C'mon show me how much better you are
See you deserve some applause
'Cause you're so much better
She took him faster than you could say sabotage


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"Better Than Revenge" as written by Taylor Swift

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  • +6
    General CommentHoly crap, Taylor.
    Elektronauton October 23, 2010   Link
  • +6
    General CommentMaybe it's just me, but it sounds like at the end she's sing "so much better". Could this be in reference to the Jonas Brothers song "Much Better", which was about Joe's break up with Taylor?? (the lyrics went: Now I'm done with superstars, and all the tears on her guitar. You're much better.)
    its4amandimclumsyon October 25, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General Commentseriously..this album has completely blown me away
    frostbite98on October 24, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentThis song is so different from what Taylor has ever done, but I still love it.
    at first listen, it actually reminded me of Hayley Williams. it reminds me of Misery business.
    but seriously, Taylor's new album is so amazing and every song is original. i love it. <3
    Herecomestheboomon October 25, 2010   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis song is very deep. First of all, if you have her CD's, did you ever notice that there are random capitolized letters? Well, I always thought it was just for appearance, but when I got this CD, I thought 'What if those capitolized letters mean something'. I never knew Taylor was so deep =)

    In this particular song, Taylor spelled out 'YOUTHOUGHTIWOULDFORGET'... You thought I would Forget... No we didn't Taylor, you never do =). She is talking about Camilla Belle. Camilla 'stole' Joe Jonas (Target of at least 2 of Swift's songs now) from Taylor, and she's obviously furious.

    This song could cause her to loose quite a big audiance to strict parents. She went a bit far in the quote 'She's an actress, WhOa, but she's better known for the things that she does on the mattress, WhOa' Kind of un-called for, yet, if that's what she feels, let it out Taylor.

    She could possibly (This is part of my interpretation) be harassing Joe by saying 'WhOa' and emphasizing it. Joe was dating AJ Michalka (From Aly and AJ) and they broke up... Aly and Aj have a song called 'Like Whoa' where they emphasize the Whoa (Obviously).

    Do you agree? Comment, and read my interpretations from her album Speak Now.
    3nOeLLe3on January 02, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My OpinionIn general, I have no problem with Taylor Swift. However, I despise this song. It is mean, catty, juvenile, and sends all the wrong messages to teenage girls listening to it.

    "Stealing other peoples' toys on the playground"??? Because men are our possessions, and this boy belonged to Taylor, and had no say in leaving her for this other girl. That's not sexist at all. If she loves this guy? Why doesn't she respect him enough to realize that it was his decision to break up with her, not the other girl's?

    "She's better known for the things that she does on a mattress"? That's mature. Your boyfriend dumps you for another girl; obviously she is a slut who sleeps with everything in sight. Again, doesn't she respect the guy enough to know that he can draw his own conclusions about this girl?

    "Better than revenge"? Lovely. Teenage girls: If your boyfriend breaks up with you, it's not his fault. Another girl is controlling his actions, he only thinks that he doesn't love you, and you should get your revenge on the girl.

    This just sends an awful message, as do several of the songs on her new album. I miss her old songs.
    smfahon November 12, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General Commentdoesnt anyone know that Twsift is friends with Hayley from paramore, I love this New cd Taylor swift is amazing people are saying that this song is catty or high school-ish yea it is but were women were gonna be catty sometimes
    itsmeheatherc23on November 01, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General Commentrobert pattinson said this about camilla belle... "she's the nicest – she's a saint. And it's funny that she's being portrayed as this home-wrecker. She's literally the most unlikely person to be a home-wrecker. It's just ridiculous." so maybe that's where the saint/actress line comes from
    huey27xon January 02, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI've always hated Camilla so hearing this song made me VERY happy! (=
    MusicLover23on October 25, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentEveryone needs to stop comparing T-Swift to Hayley Williams ... the way it's written may resemble Paramore's style, but her voice DEFINITELY sounds more like Avril Lavigne. I challenge you to listen to an old Avril Lavigne song and then listen to this song, and you'll know what I mean.
    tulipsareblueon November 12, 2010   Link

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