Mean (3:57)

Cover of Speak Now (Deluxe Edition)

From Speak Now (Deluxe Edition) and 2 other releases

“Mean” is a song by American country pop singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, taken from her third studio album, Speak Now (2010). The song, written by Swift and produced by Nathan Chapman and Swift, was first released as a promotional single for the album on October 17, 2010, by Big Machine Records. The song was later released as an official single on March 7, 2011.

This song is rumored to be directed at blogger Bob Lefsetz, although nothing was officially confirmed. In addition, it also verses about the harsh criticism Taylor has received since her performance at the 52nd Annual Grammy awards, with Stevie Nicks, considered by many subpar.

Taylor Swift also explains the story behind “Mean” on her official website:
“The song “Mean” is about, well, when you do what I do, which is you put yourself out there for a lot of people to say whatever they want about it, there are a million different opinions from a million different people.

I get it that not everyone is going to like everything that you do, and I get that no matter what, you’re going to be criticized for something. But I also get that there are different kinds of ways to criticize someone. There is constructive criticism. There’s professional criticism. And then, there’s just being mean. There’s a line that you cross when you just start to attack everything about a person, and there’s one guy who just crossed the line over and over again. Just being mean, and saying things that would ruin my day.

This happens…no matter what you do, no matter how old you are, no matter what your job is, no matter what your place is in life.

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You, with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me
You, have knocked me off my feet again,
Got me feeling like a nothing

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  • ollgwalker

    I wish she would write and sing more songs like this. Pure country. [6]

    17 Feb 5:40am Reply
  • Lucky_star69

    I wish she would write and sing more songs like this. Pure country. [5]

    3 Jan 4:47am Reply
  • teresitaayyo

    All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life <33333333 [59]

    12 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pedro_4x4

    I wish she would write and sing more songs like this. Pure country. [4]

    2 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Auroralight13

    I wish she would write and sing more songs like this. Pure country. [3]

    20 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ma-ma-marry-

    i just wanna feel ok again

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Parabellum13x

    I'm pretty sure this is the closest we'll ever get to hearing Swift say "go fuck yourself".

    29 Jul 2014 Reply
  • CuTeJuLy

    I wish she would write and sing more songs like this. Pure country. [2]

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • littlefenty

    All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life <33333333 [58]

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • selene_101

    I just want to feel ok again...go Taylor!! :-)

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • AndersonLima17

    I wish she would write and sing more songs like this. Pure country.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Auroralight13

    All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life <33333333 [57]

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • BellaLuvs1D4evr

    I love this song! All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life <33333333 [56] This guy was SUCH a jerk.

    26 Oct 2013 Reply
  • CuTeJuLy

    All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life <33333333 [55]

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • flavor_country

    "All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life" lol this lyric

    23 Aug 2013 Reply
  • bianca_lg_xx

    love the lyrics in this song <3

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • xrvolume

    Great!

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • AkeriAizawa

    All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic, and alone in life <33333333 [53]

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • FoxieMoxie9

    I love this song.

    4 Apr 2013 Reply
  • hollyheer

    Why you gotta be so mean?

    5 Mar 2013 Reply
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