They’re Never Ever Getting Back Together – and Taylor Swift Is Never Ever Growing Up

Taylor Swift wants her ex to know that they are never, ever, ever getting back together.

Never. Ever. Well, at least not until it’s time for her to pen a new tune about yet another failed relationship. Maybe then she’ll give this dude another chance – you never know what new twist on her love story she’ll come up with next. Doesn’t this all sound a bit familiar?

That pretty much sums up my thoughts on T-Swift’s new single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” What a brilliantly poignant, poetic title, right? When I first read the name of the song on Twitter, I was sure it was someone’s joke. I would almost say she is parodying herself, but I doubt we could give her that much credit. Of course she’s going to write about a breakup, because what else is the girl going to do? But at least give us some nuance. Nope. These lyrics have no more artistry than a text message, or a note stuffed into a seventh-grader’s locker.

I remember when we broke up the first time
Seeing this is it, I’ve had enough, ’cause like
We haven’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

Speaking of exes and texts, isn’t that how Jake Gyllenhaal supposedly ended his brief tryst with our perpetually heartsick heroine? That makes me wonder: Who’s the lucky – or not so lucky – guy to be so prominently featured on a single this time around? Tay has left us guessing on that one. Is it Jake? She was said to have been penning a ditty about that blue-eyed beauty who broke her heart. Taylor Lautner? We’ve already heard her “Back to December” ballad for Mr. Lautner, and he’s totally old news by now.

But does it really matter who it’s about? Taylor’s basically been churning out the same song again and again, with a blank space for insert ex-boyfriend here and a new hairstyle and wispy dress for the next music video. She’s mentioned in recent interviews that we can expect something different from her new album, Red, dropping Oct. 22, but so far it sounds like more of the same. I used to think that we were forever and We are never getting back together – lyrics straight out of the new single – sound a lot like the words to “Picture to Burn,” without the fun pyromaniac imagery.

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with writing about relationships. I’d say somewhere around 90 percent of the music industry makes its profits off the idea of finding love, making love or losing love. But Taylor’s coming up on the ripe old age of 23, and despite her numerous alleged experiences with love, she exudes the emotional maturity of an angsty 14-year-old. Believe me – I was that angsty teen, and I know what it’s like. Some commentators look at her discography and ask why she has such bad luck in relationships, but I listen to her lyrics and wonder when she’s going to stop being such a drama queen.

Is T-Swift ever going to grow up? Perhaps we could ask her to take on some new life experiences, since so far she hasn’t learned how to write about anything except her own love life. Maybe she could shed her precious virginity, have a drunken one-night stand, stay up past her bedtime, or at least try to do something fun and interesting.

Then again, Tay’s childish persona is part of her appeal. And we wouldn’t want her to go off the deep end. It wouldn’t hurt her to be more of a Katy Perry or a Kelly Clarkson, but we don’t want to risk her ending up a Lindsay Lohan or B. Spears. Taylor’s quaint innocence reminds me of my younger self – a time now far in the past when I still believed that fairytale-princess true love could exist. You have to give the gal props for that, at least. As much as she’s been burned by love, she still seems to be holding out hope for her happy ending. And I wouldn’t want to take that away from her.

(Photo: Taylor Swift)

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    • Amy

      I approve everything in this article. Taylor Swift is annoying as all hell.

    • Harley

      I agree with Amy and Allison. This song is just bad. Poorly written and sung. I’m tired of her crying about her relationships—she’s probably the crazy one.

      • Jenni

        She did JUST BUY A HOUSE next to her 18-year-old boyfriend. So it’s fair to say she might have some relationship issues.

      • Amy

        Maybe she could write about mortgages?
        Truth be told, I’m sure she is a nice person and I get that people genuinely seem to find her talented and I really do not get any sort of sick satisfaction by disparaing her… but there is just nothing in her repertoire that appeals to me. Her voice makes my skin crawl and the content of her songs makes me want to bash my head into a 2×4.

    • katyclark13

      Yes, she writes about love & relationships & breakups & yes she is coming up to ‘the ripe old age of 23′ are you trying to say you were never in love at 22?
      She has been named as one of the worlds greatest songwriters, won numerous awards for her songwriting and your questioning her ‘growing up’? What happened to being in love whatever age you are?
      Taylor is a phenomena to ALL age ranges, and if you agree to the whole ‘all she writes about it love’ clearly you haven’t listened to enough of her music, try listening to Mean or Long Live & then rethink.
      People need to stop being so critical & judgmental.

      • Me

        Really, a bunch of five year olds and industry types whose rear ends depend on the $$ she brings in conveniently named her “The Greatest Songwriter of All Time” and you find this convincing?

        Also, if you add up all her silly songs you will easily find that boodle-hoodle-I-got-broken-up-with is the overwhelming theme, closely followed by (and intertwined with) her everlasting victimhood. And that this is what she goes out to promote her albums with as her career lives or dies on speculation of her romantic heartache.

        It’s great that the two counter examples you provide are about being the prom king and queen (OMG!) and yes, how everyone is so “Mean” to Princess Victim.

      • T

        “Long Live” is about her band, and the night she won her Album of the Year Grammy (a win she shared with them). It’s not about a prom.

      • Ashbash

        Thank you so much for pointing that out. I’m just laughing because half of these hate-filled people have nothing better to do with their time than to criticize someone who’s only doing what she loves. At least know what you’re talking about before you comment and do your research. Taylor can write a song with simple, less articulate words and subject matter if she damn well pleases. Listen to ‘Dear John’, ‘Last Kiss’, and countless other songs and come back and tell me if you seriously think she doesn’t have mature capabilities. Those songs would give Adele’s writing a run for its money.

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    • Mary

      I love how Taylor is famous for her angry songs about douchey exes but when people put her down, they completely forget all the songs that 1. deal with the sweet side of a relationship or crush (Tim McGraw, Stay Beautiful, Our Song, Fearless, Enchanted, etc) or 2. don’t have anything to do with romantic relationships (Change, The Best Day, Mean, Long Live, Never Grow Up, etc). Yes, Taylor needs to find ways to mature her writing, but her critics need to stop conveniently ignoring the rest of her work. Funny how Katy Perry, Pink, Kelly Clarkson and several other female stars write about bad relationships but Taylor’s the only one that catches crap for it.

      • Jenni

        I think you make a good point. But this is the first song off her album that she chose to promote.

      • Steph

        Even then, Mean was really childish.

    • MsBorgia

      I heard this song on someone’s Tumblr and I swear to god I thought it was a parody…

    • Jon

      wait, taylor is a virgin?

    • lizzy

      She’s dating a Kennedy….is that a healthy choice for any woman?

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    • Rachel

      Taylor knows her audience. She knows that she writes simple songs that young girls can relate to. That’s where she makes her money and she’s smart enough to know that she needs to continue to be relateable to that age group. Adele is wonderful and amazing, but what 13 year old can relate to setting fire to the rain or rolling in the deep? If Taylor Swift grows up she stops making as much money. She knows that. Maybe she would be just as successful, but she’s afraid to try.

    • Kelsey

      Since I heard this song I’ve been huddled up in a corner listening to “Tim McGraw” and “Picture to Burn” on repeat to mourn the loss of the last bit of country in Taylor Swift

      • hihi90

        I know, right?!

    • Mo

      This is just very stupid. First of all, can u all write a song? i mean, just a song for children, a very simple one? most of us can’t. For Taylor, she wrote 4 albums + many unreleased songs. She plays many instrument and sings beautifully. She’s a sweet and kind hearted gorgeous young lady. She just being herself, and sharing her story to us through singing and song writing. So, just enjoy her music?

    • john

      now many boy songs break-up or love songs..Drew, Tim Mcgraw boy(who was 18 when she was 14), joe jonas, enchanted guy(owl city singer), hey stephen(love and theft singer), sparks fly(jake owen), John Mayer, Jake, and countless others…she is boy crazy and going off the deep end with buying a house near conor her 18 year old boyfriend.

    • john

      now many boy songs break-up or love songs..Drew, Tim Mcgraw boy(who was 18 when she was 14), joe jonas, enchanted guy(owl city singer), hey stephen(love and theft singer), sparks fly(jake owen), John Mayer, Jake, and countless others…she is boy crazy and going off the deep end with buying a house near conor her 18 year old boyfriend.

    • hihi90

      but I listen to her lyrics and wonder when she’s going to stop being such a drama queen.

      YES eactly, me too!!

    • asdfghjkl

      i have a friend who’s a songwriter and many of her songs that she’s written about her family members or friends sound like love songs to someone who doesn’t know the back story.
      also bear in mind that for her last album she wrote about 36 songs and the RECORD COMPANY chose which 14 went on the album. they know how to get THEIR money, and that’s what this is about. it’s a fun and catchy song that is great to listen to on the highway with your windows down on a road trip.

    • http://twitter.com/SNSDYurifan1995 Denise

      well,there is no excuse to say she is young and makes mistakes now isn’t it?

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Regina-Callahan/100000170196949 Regina Callahan

      I doubt she is still a virgin…do you think John Mayer and Jake G stuck around for the coffee dates? I think her new song is about John Mayer drunk dialing her when he finds himself with out a woman for the night and she falls for it each time and he laughs at her the next day.