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Taylor Swift, ‘Red’ – Lyrics Uncovered

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It’s not often that she does a deep dive into the meaning behind her songs, but when it came to Taylor Swift‘s ‘Red’ lyrics, which were written by the songstress herself, she was an open book.

While preparing for her appearance on VH1′s ‘Storytellers,’ Swift talked about the title track for her 2012 album and inspiration for her 2013 Red Tour. She admitted that when she sat down to write some lines, she was trying to sort through some intense feelings. After trying to color code her feelings, the now 23-year-old singer decided that her mixed bag of emotions was ultimately ‘Red.’

“I was writing this song, and I was thinking about correlating the colors to different feelings I was going through,” Swift says of her ‘Red’ lyrics (quote via NY Daily News).

Although the ‘Begin Again’ hitmaker didn’t dish about which relationship she sings about in the song, she admitted that this particular romantic tryst was simultaneously one of the best and worst things that have ever happened to her.

“Red is such an interesting color to me because you have the great part of red,” she explains. “Like, the red emotions that are like daring and bold and passion and love and affection.”

On the flip side, the color red can also indicate a whole host of negative feelings.

“And then on the other side of the spectrum you have jealousy and anger and frustration and ‘you didn’t call me back’ and ‘I need space,’” she adds.

Since she didn’t want to rely solely on one color to paint a portrait of her feelings, Swift added other colors to her lyrical palette. “Losing him was blue like I’d never known / Missing him was dark grey all along / Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met / But loving him was red,” she sings in the colorful ‘Red’ lyrics which make up the chorus.

At the 2013 CMT Music Awards, the popular entertainer donned a long red and black dress to perform ‘Red’ live in anticipation of the single’s official release to radio on June 24. Time will tell if the song is another radio gold hit from Ms. Swift, but we think that the poetic ‘Red’ lyrics and vibrant instrumentation will take it straight to the top of the charts.

Listen to Taylor Swift, 'Red'

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