Real Meaning Behind Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me” Song

Real Meaning Behind Taylor Swift's "I Bet You Think About Me" Song

Feature Photo: DFree / Shutterstock.com

The Real Meaning Behind Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me” Song takes a deep look into the lyrics and history of one of Taylor Swift’s most loved songs. Swifties spend a great deal of time searching out the meanings behind Taylor Swift’s songs. They are one of the most loyal and dedicated fan groups in music history.  The title of Taylor Swift’s song “I Bet You Think About Me” simply begs fans to figure out who is Taylor Swift talking about. Who is “you?” Is Taylor Swift writing about a specific person? Is it a group of people? Or, is it just a universal song meant for everyone? As many Taylor Swift fans already know, Taylor Swift targets past lovers and flings in her music. One of the greatest healers of a broken heart is the ability to write a song about the one who broke your heart. As Billy Joel once wrote,” If you said goodbye to me tonight, there would still be music left to write.”

Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me” is the ultimate “The One That Got Away,” song in reverse. The One That Got Away songs are often the most painful songs to listen to because we all have that one love that we think back and say “that’s the one I should have married.” In Taylor Swift’s song, “I Bet You Think About Me” the artist is singing that she is the one that got away, she’s the one that could have made you happy, and she’s the one that will haunt you…….for the rest of your life. It’s a complete reversal of the song genre of the one that got away.

Of course, as all Taylor Swift fans know, Taylor Swift is able to take a universal theme and make it personal. It’s what fuels the love that fans have for her. It’s the honesty in the lyrics, the fact that she is writing in the most genuine way straight from the pain of a real broken heart. All of that leads to the biggest question of them all…..who broke her heart?

Based on timing, the song’s specific lyrics, and the accompanying video, Taylor Swift wrote this song about Jake Gyllenhaal. While we don’t really like to get into too much gossip, there was a reported romance between Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal around 2010. Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal came from very different backgrounds with Taylor Swift being a country girl and Jake Gyllenhaal being from the city. These differences are defined in the song’s lyrics that talk about his city upbringing and upper-class living style compared to her country roots. It’s a battle between snobbiness and modesty,  complexity and simplicity, the old, “rich man, poor man” story that always makes good fodder for the hero being the poor soul with the beautiful heart. That genre has always worked well in the movies and it’s a slam dunk in song lyrics.

To be fair to Jake Gyllenhaal, there are always two sides to a romance and in the end, it very well could be that the song has nothing to do with him, although the song being written shorty after their entanglement points to him as the main villain in the song. Rounding all of this up was a wonderful video directed by Blake Lively that goes deeper into the meaning behind breakups and looking back at the ones that got away and why it was a mistake. The contrast between the whites and reds is used wonderfully, as well as the lighting and imagery that depicts a broken heart seeking revenge in the sweetness of ruining a wedding cake and talking to younger girls to be aware of the dangers of romance and the pain of broken hearts. That message is what so resonates with Taylor Swift fans who look up to her for advice and to dive deep into the meanings of her lyrics to songs like this one.

Real Meaning Behind Taylor Swift’s “I Bet You Think About Me” Song article published on Classic RockHistory.com© 2022

Classicrockhistory.com claims ownership of all its original content and Intellectual property under United States Copyright laws and those of all other foreign countries. No one person, business, or organization is allowed to re-publish any of our original content anywhere on the web or in print without our permission. All photos used are either public domain creative commons photos or licensed officially from Shutterstock under license with ClassicRockHistory.com.

All photo credits have been placed at the end of the article. Album Cover Photos are affiliate links and the property of Amazon and are stored on the Amazon server. Any theft of our content will be met with swift legal action against the infringing websites.

DMCA.com Protection Status

DON’T MISS A BEAT

Be the first to know when a new article is published

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Add Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Steve Miller Band's Best Song On Each Studio Album
Steve Miller Band’s Best Song On Each Studio Album
Michael Jackson's Best Song
Michael Jackson’s Best Song On Each Of His Studio Albums
Thin Lizzy's Best Songs
Thin Lizzy’s Best Song On Each Of Their Studio Albums
Best Rock Lyrics
50 Of The Best Lyrical Moments In Rock And Pop Music
Top 10 Southern Rock Live Albums Of All Time
Top 10 Southern Rock Live Albums Of All Time
Grateful Dead Albums
Top 10 Grateful Dead Albums
Seven Killer Metal Albums
Seven Killer Metal Albums You May Have Never Heard
Peter Gabriel Albums
Top 10 Peter Gabriel Albums
Trying To Make Sense Of David Lee Roth's Cover Of 867-5309/Jenny
Trying To Make Sense Of David Lee Roth’s Cover Of 867-5309/Jenny
The Rolling Stones At Metlife Stadium 2024
The Rolling Stones 24 Tour Rocks MetLife Stadium Review 5-23-24
Aaron Leigh of Y&T
2024 M3 Rock Festival Day 2 Concert Review
2024 M3 Rock Festival Day 1 Concert Review
2024 M3 Rock Festival Day 1 Concert Review
Dave Davies of The Kinks Interview
Dave Davies of The Kinks: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview
Tommy Bolan of Warlock & Doro: 15 Albums That Changed My Life
Tommy Bolan of Warlock & Doro: 15 Albums That Changed My Life
Matt Curtis of Blacktop Mojo Interview
Matt Curtis of Blacktop Mojo: The ClassicRockHistory.com Interview
Gerry McAvoy
Gerry McAvoy of The Rory Gallagher Band: 10 Albums That Changed My Life
10cc Albums
Complete List Of 10cc Albums And Songs
Survivor Albums
Complete List Of Survivor Albums And Songs
Rachel Sweet Albums
Complete List Of Rachel Sweet Albums And Discography
Steve Miller Band Albums
Complete List Of Steve Miller Band Albums And Songs
9 Bands That Never Replaced Departed Members
Music CDs Comeback
Why Music CDs Have No Chance Of Making A Comeback
Classic Rock Bands Still Together But Overdue For A New Album
Classic Rock Bands Still Together But Overdue For A New Album
When Glam Bands Went Grunge In The 1990s
When Glam Bands Went Grunge In The 1990s
Billy Idol Rebel Yell 40th Anniversary Vinyl Review
Taylor Swift Albums And Discography
Complete List Of Taylor Swift Albums And Discography
Carly Simon Hotcakes Album Review
Carly Simon’s HOTCAKES Album Still Sizzles After 50 Years
11 Tracks Of Whack Album Review
Walter Becker – 11 Tracks of Whack Album Review