Taylor Swift closes the book on a failed relationship in 'The Story of Us,' a new song from her 2010 release 'Speak Now.'
Swift explains her optimism at the start: "I used to think someday we'd tell the story of us / How we met and the sparks flew instantly / And people would say 'They're the lucky ones.'"
Things fall apart, though, leaving the 21-year-old singer to dream about what might have been. "A simple complication, miscommunications lead to fall out / So many things that I wish you knew / So many walls up I can't break through."
With a vibrant beat, electric guitars and a fast-paced chorus, the song edges closer to the pop side of country-pop, despite its downcast lyrics and final declaration that "the story of us is a tragedy now."
Swift has said the song is a true story about seeing an ex-boyfriend at an awards show and experiencing the heartbreak of being unable to talk to him because the two were not speaking at the time.
At this weekend's ACM Awards, where Swift walked away with the prestigious Entertainer of the Year prize, host Reba McEntire joked, "Don't make jokes about Taylor Swift. If you make her mad, she'll write a song about you."
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