You should've been there
Should've burst through the door
With that "Baby, I'm right here" smile
And it would've felt like
A million little shining stars had just aligned
And I would've been so happy

Christmas lights glisten
I've got my eye on the door
Just waiting for you to walk in
But the time is ticking
People ask me how I've been
As I comb back through my memory
How you said you'd be here
You said you'd be here

And it was like slow motion
Standing there in my party dress
In red lipstick
With no one to impress
And they're all laughing
As I'm looking around the room
But there was one thing missing
And that was the moment I knew

And the hours pass by
Now I just wanna be alone
But your close friends always seem to know
When there's something really wrong
So they follow me down the hall
And there in the bathroom
I try not to fall apart
And the sinking feeling starts
As I say hopelessly
"He said he'd be here"

And it was like slow motion
Standing there in my party dress
In red lipstick
With no one to impress
And they're all laughing
And asking me about you
But there was one thing missing (missing, missing)
And that was the moment I knew

What do you say, when tears are streaming down your face
In front of everyone you know?
And what do you do when the one who means the most to you
Is the one who didn't show?

You should've been here
And I would've been so happy

And it was like slow motion
Standing there in my party dress
In red lipstick
With no one to impress
And they're all standing around me singing
"Happy birthday to you"
But there was one thing missing
And that was the moment I knew
Ooh, I knew
Ooh

You called me later
And said, "I'm sorry, I didn't make it"
And I said, "I'm sorry too"
And that was the moment I knew


Lyrics submitted by AllTooWell

"The Moment I Knew" as written by Taylor Swift

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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  • +1
    General CommentThis is another great song. If I remember correctly, someone posted that this song is about JG not showing up for her birthday, and that was the "moment she knew" their relationship was over. Sad.
    beacheson November 01, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationVery different one the many I think, but when I hear this song I imagine a girl who's wondering where her boy friends is(of course) because it is really unlike him to not show up when he says he will. All her friends and family think she has picked another dud until the phone rings and he was killed trying to stop a mugging. the versus are her at the party and as the chorus goes I see them flip to him fighting. after he stabbed and left to die, he calls her to tell her "I'm sorry I didn't make it" and she knows from his tone then he dies.

    Really depressing, I know.
    Lamnadon November 17, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI did this to a girl once sort of. This was back before everyone had cell phones. We were dating, we hooked up, and she called and left a message on my answering machine on a Sunday inviting me to her birthday party the next Friday. I missed the message because I had left Sunday morning for a week long out of state business trip. I got back the next Saturday and got the message, and realizing that I missed her birthday, I just felt awful. I never called her back to apologize, I just kind moved on. This song makes me think about her and regret not checking my messages that week.
    eddiecon May 02, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about Jake Gyllenhal. I heard that Taylor lost her virginity to him because she really loved him and was even thinking that she would end up marrying him one day. She had a huge birthday party in Tennessee and Jake was supposed to fly in and celebrate it with her, but he couldn't make it, and Taylor was heartbroken because he was the only person that she really wanted to see there because he was the one who meant the most to her and the fact that he wasn't there really crushed her and she spent a majority of the evening crying in the bathroom.
    GoddessofLoveon May 13, 2014   Link

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