Taylor Swift is a talented singer and a PROLIFIC (very productive) song writer. “You Belong with Me” is one of her most popular songs. Thus far it has sold almost 4 million copies and is the 3rd best selling country single of all time. The song chronicles Taylor’s UNREQUITED (unreciprocated) crush on a really cute guy. Here is an SAT translation that will help you understand the song’s true meaning. Be prepared for a surprise appearance by L-Kriegs (aka Grand Master Larry). And don’t forget the surprising role this song and its video played in Taylor’s career.

You’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset
She’s going off about something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor like I do.

Lucas is on the phone arguing with his girlfriend. They have
a TUMULTUOUS (noisy and disorderly) relationship that is filled
with unnecessary drama. As usual, she MISCONSTRUES (misunderstands)
something Lucas said triggering yet another pointless argument.
Taylor yearns to be with Lucas because she understands his
sense of humor.

I’m in the room, it’s a typical Tuesday night
I’m listening to the kind of music she doesn’t like
And she’ll never know your story like I do.

Taylor is alone in her room on yet another HUMDRUM
(ordinary) weekday night. Taylor and Lucas share a
PREDILECTION (preference) for the same music. She knows
Lucas but he remains OBLIVIOUS (unaware) to their true
AFFINITY (natural attraction).

But she wears short skirts. I wear T-shirts.
She’s Cheer Captain and I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time.

There is a reason why Lucas is OBLIVIOUS (unaware) to
Taylor. Her rival is a BEGUILING (deceptively charming)
Cheer Captain who wears short skirts. In contrast, Taylor
is a socially awkward nerd who wears T-shirts and sits in the
bleachers. Taylor vainly hopes that Lucas will wake up and
realize that the two girls are in fact POLAR (diametrical) opposites.
But winning Lucas over appears to be an INSURMOUNTABLE
(can’t be overcome) goal.

If you could see that I’m the one who understands you
Been here all along, so why can’t you see?
You belong with me, you belong with me.

Taylor is increasingly DISPIRITED (discouraged and
dejected). She wants Lucas to wake up and see that they
belong together. Unfortunately, all of her hopes appear to
be FUTILE (doomed to failure). It looks like her feelings
for Lucas will be UNREQUITED (not reciprocated).

Walking the streets with you and your worn-out jeans
I can’t help thinking this is how it ought to be
Laughing on a park bench, thinking to myself
Hey, isn’t this easy?

Taylor and Lucas share a MUNDANE (everyday) but
meaningful moment together. Taylor feels briefly
EXHILARATED (excited and happily refreshed) because
being with Lucas feels so natural. But their moment
together is FLEETING (brief) when Taylor’s NEMESIS
(rival) arrives in a sports car and drives away with Lucas.

And you’ve got a smile that could light up this whole town
I haven’t seen it in a while since she brought you down
You say you’re fine. I know you better than that
Hey, what ya doing with a girl like that?

Taylor is CAPTIVATED (very attracted) by Lucas’s RADIANT
(glowing) smile and VIVACIOUS (full of life) personality.
Taylor is becoming increasingly EXASPERATED (frustrated).
She wants to know what Lucas sees in “a girl like that.”

She wears high heels, I wear sneakers
She’s Cheer Captain and I’m on the bleachers.

Of course Taylor already knows the answer. Her NEMESIS
(rival) is her ANTITHESIS (opposite). She is a VOLUPTUOUS
(very sensual) girl who wears high heels. In contrast, poor
Taylor wears sneakers and sits in the bleachers.

Dreaming about the day when you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for has been here the whole time.
If you could see that I’m the one who understands you
Been here all along so why can’t you see?
You belong with me?

Taylor desperately wants Lucas to wake up and have
an EPIPHANY (sudden realization) that he and Taylor are
meant to be. But Lucas remains blinded by the BEGUILING
Cheer Captain’s SUPERFICIAL (shallow) looks.

It is obvious that things are not going well for Taylor.
She needs some SAGE (wise) advice from (who else?)
L-Kriegs (aka Grand Master Larry):

Taylor I don’t mean to REPROACH (scold)
But I think you need a new approach.
So stop being so SELF-EFFACING (overly modest and
lacking self-confidence).
It’s time for new personal spacing.
So be assertive and remember:

She has EXORBITANT (extravagant) taste
You never let things go to waste.
She’s FICKLE (capricious) and says things to INFLAME (arouse)
You’re always there to cheer his name.
She shows nothing but DISDAIN (contempt)
And you are never a pain.
She’s vain and INANE (empty and foolish)
You’re sometimes ARCANE (deep and obscure)
But that’s ’cause you have a brain!

Will Taylor follow L-Kriegs’ advice? Will Lucas
finally realize that he and Taylor are meant to be?
Stay tuned for the surprise ending to the song and
to the surprise consequences of its video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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