Song of the Day #1,621: ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ – Taylor Swift

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Red, Taylor Swift’s chart-topping follow-up to Speak Now, is generally disappointing for reasons I can’t put my finger on.

I think it boils down to Swift’s worldview having a shelf life. She certainly has a gift for melody and she can turn a phrase, but I hear far too much of her in every song she writes, and frankly I’m a little tired of spending that much time with her.

Swift will take the next step in her evolution as an artist when she discovers that her songs can serve as something other than diary entries. As an example, one of the most effective tracks she’s recorded is ‘Safe & Sound,’ her contribution to the Hunger Games soundtrack.

Red contains 16 navel-gazing tracks, some very good and some less so. My favorite is ‘I Knew You Were Trouble,’ in which Swift manages to marry jaunty pop verses with a dubstep chorus in spectacular fashion. It’s like a 12th birthday party at a nightclub.

Once upon time
A few mistakes ago
I was in your sights
You got me alone
You found me
You found me
You found me

I guess you didn’t care
And I guess I liked that
And when I fell hard
You took a step back
Without me, without me, without me

And he’s long gone
When he’s next to me
And I realize the blame is on me

Cause I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places i’d never been
So you put me down oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places i’d never been
Now i’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

No apologies
He’ll never see you cry
Pretend he doesn’t know
That he’s the reason why
You’re drowning, you’re drowning, you’re drowning

And I heard you moved on
From whispers on the street
A new notch in your belt
Is all I’ll ever be
And now I see, now I see, now I see
He was long gone
When he met me
And I realize the joke is on me

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places i’d never been
So you put me down oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places i’d never been
Now i’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

When your sadest fear comes creeping in
That you never loved me or her or anyone or anything
Yeah

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places i’d never been
So you put me down oh
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
So shame on me now
Flew me to places i’d never been
Now i’m lying on the cold hard ground
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble
Oh, oh, trouble, trouble, trouble

I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble
I knew you were trouble when you walked in
Trouble, trouble, trouble!

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,621: ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Andrea Katz says:

    From what I have heard, coming out of my daughter’s room, I am with you on getting tired of this navel gazing woman.By the way, she is like the speed dating of heartbreak…alright already!

  2. Dana says:

    For some reason, the YouTube clip you embedded is only showing a commercial, not the song. However, I do know the song, of course, having heard the album a few times through.

    I generally agree that Red is not as strong as previous works, including Speak Now, but I disagree as to the reason for that. Frankly, I think the album suffers from being less personal, less intimate in many ways. On many tracks, including “Trouble,” which I really don’t care for that much, it seems that Swift wants to wrap her relationship issues into a poppy tune that will play well during her stadium concerts.

    There are far better tracks on Red, in my opinion, than “Trouble,” and, as I said before, some of the best tracks are on the Target bonus material. In terms of pure pop delight, though, if I were picking a song to feature, it’s hard to go wrong with the infectious hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” or “22.”

  3. Maddie says:

    “Speak Now” remains my favorite Taylor Swift album because it is a masterful balance of quirky, fun songs and more serious, meaningful ones. Having said that, there are songs on “Red” that I find much catchier or more powerful that songs on “Speak Now.” I do find Taylor to be looking for bad relationships more, but it is because she fully admits that in songs in her album. If that doesn’t show maturity and change, i am not sure what does. I won’t be getting tired of Taylor anytime soon :P

  4. Amy says:

    I find many of the songs on this album quite good, though I tend to most admire the less “fun” tracks, such as “All Too Well ” and “Begin Again,” two intimate and heartfelt songs that go far beyond navel gazing to become universal reflections on the evolution of any relationship that ends – and the unexpected hope that there is always the possibility of a new relationship. I think Taylor is getting a bad rap from you and Andie for being young, as Carly Simon and Carole King wrote songs such as these and were lauded for their insightful and personal lyrics. I also think Clay experiences Taylor fatigue because of how much more prevalent the web makes learning about the details of a relationship. Carly was able to keep the mystery surrounding who was no vain for years.

  5. Amy says:

    So vain, that is 😏

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