"All Too Well" as written by Liz Rose and Taylor Swift....
I walked through the door with you, the air was cold,
But something 'bout it felt like home somehow and I
Left my scarf there at your sister's house,
And you still got it in your drawer even now.

Oh, your sweet disposition and my wide-eyed gaze.
We're singing in the car, getting lost upstate.
The Autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place,
And I can picture it after all these days.

And I know it's long gone,
And that magic's not here no more,
And I might be okay,
But I'm not fine at all.

'Cause there we are again on that little town street.
You almost ran the red 'cause you were looking over me.
Wind in my hair, I was there, I remember it all too well.

Photo album on the counter, your cheeks were turning red.
You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin-size bed
And your mother's telling stories about you on a tee ball team
You tell me 'bout your past, thinking your future was me.

And I know it's long gone
And there was nothing else I could do
And I forget about you long enough
To forget why I needed to

'Cause there we are again in the middle of the night.
We dance around the kitchen in the refrigerator light
Down the stairs, I was there, I remember it all too well, yeah.

Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much,
And maybe this thing was a masterpiece 'til you tore it all up.
Running scared, I was there, I remember it all too well.

Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise.
So casually cruel in the name of being honest.
I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying here
'Cause I remember it all, all, all too well.

Time won't fly, it's like I'm paralyzed by it
I'd like to be my old self again, but I'm still trying to find it
After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own
Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone

But you keep my old scarf from that very first week
'Cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me
You can't get rid of it, 'cause you remember it all too well, yeah

'Cause there we are again, when I loved you so
Back before you lost the one real thing you've ever known
It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well

Wind in my hair, you were there, you remember it all
Down the stairs, you were there, you remember it all
It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well

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"All Too Well" as written by Liz Rose Taylor Swift

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  • +18
    Song MeaningI'd say the lyrics of this song are some of her best, as well as State of Grace. Its like how you look back on a relationship and all the memories, like she does here: one of the first dates, driving in autumn, learning about their childhood while they picture you as their future, dancing together and the moment where it all ended. And how this all leads to a breakdown and recovery where you need to get over someone but you just don't know how. Just every line has an amazingly well thought out lyric in it. Especially when the last half the song where she is in the breakdown stage. Pure genius in how she can make it to relate to
    Sullyman0012on October 25, 2012   Link
  • +11
    General CommentThis is the absolute best song on Red, and probably one of her best songs all together. I had no idea Jake affected her this much. I hear so much longing and confusion in this song. She remembers every single detail of their relationship, down to what the weather was and how the trees looked, because it was just that deep. But when she remembers, she knows it's over and she's not asking for him to come back, because she knows it wouldn't be the same, but that doesn't stop the memories from coming back. So beautiful!
    PurplePantheron January 05, 2013   Link
  • +9
    General CommentGreat Song and relatable at any age. It's clearly about looking back on a relationship that she can't forget.

    Favorite line: And you call me up again just to break me like a promise, So casually cruel in the name of being honest
    beacheson October 25, 2012   Link
  • +7
    General CommentClearly the album is mostly about Jake Gyllenhaal, and something I immediately noticed in this song that I'm surprised no one else seems to have noticed yet was the phrase "sweet disposition" -

    Oh, your sweet disposition and my wide eyed gaze/We're singing in the car getting lost upstate

    Sweet Disposition is a song by The Temper Trap, a band that Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly likes, and most likely a song they listened to together when they were dating, because another lyric from it is the secret message in Treacherous, which is "Won't Stop Till Its Over", a song which I also assume is about Jake.

    I just think it's kind of interesting how she references Sweet Disposition in two songs, maybe it was "their song."
    seatedabveon November 01, 2012   Link
  • +7
    Song MeaningTo me, this song is about loss, and not being able to move on because you remember it all. Taylor said about this song, "I think the reason why loss is so sad, is because it was all once so good.", and that just sums it up for me. Everything about this song is remembering the story right from the very beginning, when everything seemed so perfect and right, to the very end where you break up and things break down.
    13Loveon February 23, 2013   Link
  • +5
    My OpinionThis song is very interesting. I've been listening to it for a while and it deeply moved me. I was maybe feeling some sort of sympathy for her but then I realized that the reason why she is seemingly so angry (and vindictive) is because she was hurt that bad. I can feel the hurt in this song but she is hiding behind her anger. I wonder if she was hurt that badly by Gyllenhaal, or perhaps in reality she really hurt herself due to her high expectations. Had she been more honest with her hurt feelings, then perhaps she wouldn't have been feeling so angry.
    Eatcarpeton March 03, 2013   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think this song is about a breakup that she just can’t seem to forget.
    Their story starts at the beginning of October/November when it is in the transition from autumn to winter. She visits his house one day and it feels like home to her. She can be herself with him and the two of them are like best friends as they sing/dance in the car without a care in the world.
    This is obviously a memory from the distant past as the relationship is no more now, but she can still remember it clearly. She knows that as time goes on she should simply forget and move on like in all relationships but she can’t. So she acts like everything is okay but it really isn’t.
    She does everything she can to forget the memories. She manages to forget all the bad things in the relationship, leaving her with only the good memories. However, in the back of her mind she still knows what really happened and she “remembers it all too well”
    He breaks up with her unexpectedly and although he is being honest it has come out of the blue to her and he has said it as though it was not that big of deal. He was blunt as he phoned her to breakup.
    Time goes slowly as depression hits her. She no longer knows who she is and she is left to find it on her own. As they both grow up and become adults, he holds on to her scarf that she left behind as it is his only memory left of her after he sent all her things back. He keeps it as a reminder of what he had and what he lost as she was the real thing, and the closest thing to love he would ever find. And he is left to feel guilt and heartache as he too is haunted by the memories; he remembers everything “all too well”
    Ireland812on October 23, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentHer new CD is absolutely amazing.
    This song, however, is one of the few that is making me actually buy the album, which I hardly ever do.
    Every part of it describes my ex. From the very first verse. Everything in this song literally happened, except it wasn't a scarf that he kept. It's one of my favorite shirts. After spending almost 9 years together, my entire preteen and teenage years, I doubt that I'll ever forget it.
    jollyjayon October 23, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIn addition to the lyrics, which are good, this music is good. Whoever is playing the guitar, bass, and drums knows what they are doing. Nothing better than hearing actual decent rock music backed up by an awesome vocalist.

    ok that sounded pretty gay and im a guy but this album rocks my socks
    Berflackon November 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe first song that Swift wrote for Red, she penned the tune in 2011 with Liz Rose, one of her co-writers on her first three albums. The heart-wrenching break-up tune came after a six-month writing block that followed a particularly painful ending of a relationship. "There's a kind of bad that gets so overpowering you can't even write about it," she told USA Today of that time. "When you feel pain that is so far past dysfunctional, that leaves you with so many emotions that you can't filter them down to simple emotions to write about, that's when you know you really need to get out."

    Swift was asked by The Daily Beast if she ever felt guilty regarding writing about an ex. She replied: "I take these songs and these people who inspire these songs on a case-by-case basis. If there were someone who was a good person, I'm not going to write something bad about them. But if they handle a situation in a way that really messed up my life for a while, that's what I'm going to write about. For me, I've never changed the reason I write a song. Songs for me are like a message in a bottle. You send them out to the world and maybe the person who you feel that way about will hear about it someday."

    Taylor is a noted fan of singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson of "Come On Get Higher" and "Run" fame, to the extent that she has been known to perform with the lyrics of his song "Modern Love" written on her arm. Fans have pointed out the similarity between a lyric in this song ("And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to"), and a line from Nathanson's 2003 tune "I Saw," ("And I'll forget about you long enough to forget why I need to").

    Maybe Taylor wanted to pay homage to Nathanson or it may be simply unconscious plagiarism on her part. However, Nathanson seems to believe it to be plagiarism. According to the Gawker site, he posted a tweet after the rumors first surfaced that was subsequently deleted, in which he wrote, "She's definitely a fan, and now she's a thief."
    musicrocks13on November 11, 2012   Link

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