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"

Ooh, ooh, ooh
We called it off again last night
But ooh, ooh, ooh
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 it, screaming that I'm right
And you would hide away and find your peace of mind
With some indie record that's much cooler than mine

Ooh, ooh, ooh
You called me up again tonight
But ooh, ooh, ooh
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 (talk to me)
But we are never ever, ever, ever getting back together

Ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah
Ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah
Ooh, ooh, ooh, yeah
Oh

I used to think that we were forever ever, ever
And I used to say, "never say never"
Ah, so 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?
Like we are never getting back together, like, ever

(No) 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
(We) ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh (getting back together)
(We) ooh, ooh, ooh
Oh (getting back together)

You go talk to your friends
Talk to my friends, talk to me (talk to me)
But we are never ever, ever, ever getting back together


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"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together [Big Machine Comp Version]" as written by Max Martin Taylor Swift

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +3
    My InterpretationI've got an inkling this is about the end of a relationship.
    tommyhaychon September 26, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIn this great song, whose quality suggests anywhere from weeks to months of rigorous preparation to perfect, the singer conveys her frustration at an unnamed lover's attempts to rekindle a relationship, skillfully doing so in the patois of someone who has hit puberty not too long ago and is engaged in the epic struggle of a high school relationship. The use of quotation marks representing actual dialogue sprinkled with asides ("what?" for example) and even a hint of sarcasm in some lyrics ("I'm really gonna miss you picking fights") in an overall choppy presentation brings the magnitude of aforementioned high school drama to the listener in a way that could very well change your life. The chorus is an affirmation of her irrevocable and total rejection of the former lover: no matter how much "[talking]" occurs in the form of rumors or excuses or slandering, the repetition of the word "ever" after "never" confirms the relationship is over. The sampling of a real-time conversation near the end of the song, once again, brings the complexity and gravity of the singer's heart-rending dilemma right to you.
    Yugosusuon October 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe main character of this song (not necessarily T. Swift) is telling us this tale. However, instead of feeling sorry for her, she comes off pathetic for putting up with the mistreatment.

    And consider the dumpee's point of view of the guy. He obviously didn't think that much of the main character. He used her (when it was convenient for his schedule) and then got HER to break things off - he didn't have to be the bad guy. So the main character is sure to slander him. She is stuck on all the things he did. He probably moved on while she can't yet.
    lyricalONEon October 14, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionWe've got the same story in "White Horse"!!!
    but more in a tragic way, u see, in "white horse" ur not happy about it at all, because u want ur 1st love be the best one forever, but in "We R ..." there is no such sadness, 'cause if this guys out, then another comes in 15 minutes!
    I like "white horse" more!
    roohollah1on October 25, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My Opinioni think its a song about harry styles:"your records are much cooler than mine"
    ryan9_9on August 05, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationIt sure sounds like the type of song that you would sing just days before getting back together after another breakup.
    shawn10415on September 11, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti mean this might be totally far fetched, and i may or may not have, no idea what i am talking about ....BUT...i think this is a song after a break up........ ;)
    iamyellowon October 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about how you are never ever ever ever getting back with that person :P
    Vegancocoon October 31, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll I have to say about this song is that a guy I know asked me if I knew who she wrote this song about. I said I don't really keep up on that sort of thing, and he said that neither does he, but whoever it is, he is sure they will soon be releasing a reply in the form of a song called "Thank God!"
    RosesAndRuffleson December 01, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis one hits really close to home with me...I dated a girl for a portion of 2012...and she and I would break up for a few weeks, only to have her texting me, and emailing me begging to take her back...like a fool, I would, and then it was always the same thing...we break up. I just hope that she is happy without me in her life, because I am so over her, and all the crap that she put me through.
    CKF929on January 03, 2013   Link

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