When Part I ended Taylor was becoming increasingly frustrated
and DEJECTED (downcast, dispirited). Her pleas fell on deaf
ears as Lucas remained ENAMORED (infatuated) with the
beautiful but BEGUILING (deceptively charming) Cheer
Captain. Fortunately, L-Kriegs stepped in and rapped out some
SAGE (wise) advice. In a series of PITHY (short but full of
meaning) verses, L-Kriegs EXHORTED (urged) Taylor to be
less DIFFIDENT (shy and lacking confidence) and more
assertive. Let’s see what happened!
Standing by and waiting at your back door
All the time how could you not know?
Baby, you belong with me, you belong with me!
It looks like L-Krieg’s advice is working. Taylor is now much
more forceful. She ADAMANTLY (unyieldingly) insists,
“You belong with me, you belong with me.” But
will Lucas listen?
Oh, I remember you driving to my house in the middle of the night
I’m the one who makes you laugh when you know you’re ‘bout to cry
And I know your favorite songs and you tell me ‘bout your dreams
Think I know where you belong, think I know it’s with me.
The Cheer Captain is VOLUPTUOUS (very sensual) but she is also a SUPERFICIAL (shallow) and CAPRICIOUS (very fickle) space cadet. Short skirts and high heels can only go so far. In contrast, Taylor is far more sensitive and PERSPICACIOUS (perceptive and insightful) person than the Cheer Captain. She truly understands Lucas. She knows how to make him laugh and how to share his dreams. It is INDISPUTABLE (irrefutable). Lucas and Taylor belong together.
Can’t you see that I’m the one who understands you?
Been here all along so why can’t you see?
You belong with me.
Have you ever thought just maybe
You belong with me?
You belong with me!
Taylor once again REITERATES (repeats) her message that Lucas belongs with her. But will Lucas finally wake up and realize that Taylor is his soul mate? Yes! In the video Lucas goes to the prom and ignores the Cheer Captain. He then proclaims his feelings for Taylor. True love triumphs – yea!
The story of “You Belong with Me” does not end at the prom. Lucas and Taylor were attracted to each other and began to date. However, their romance proved to be brief and they became good friends. Lucas later dated Miley Cyrus. He now says that Taylor is a better kisser than Miley. Interestingly, Lucas turned out to be an ANOMALY in Taylor’s dating universe. He is the only guy that Taylor has dated and not written a song about. (For example, “Last Kiss” is about Joe Jonas, “Back to December” is about Taylor Lautner, “Dear John” is about John Mayer, “The Last Time” is about Jake Gyllenhaal, “Begin Again” is about Conor Kennedy and “I Knew You Were Trouble” is about Harry Styles.)
But wait! There’s more… much more! Taylor’s “You Belong with Me” video won the 2009 MTV Music Award for Best Female Video. But during Taylor’s acceptance speech rapper Kanye West (now the father of North West) suddenly appeared on stage, seized the microphone from Taylor’s hand and told the stunned singer, “Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you finish, but Beyonce’ had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time!” He then handed the microphone back to the now speechless Taylor.
Public reaction was Swift (ha ha). Both fans and celebrities CASTIGATED (harshly criticized) Kanye for his BOORISH (rude and uncouth) behavior. Although Taylor did manage to maintain her EQUANIMITY (composure) she was later seen “hysterically crying” off stage.
The Kanye-Taylor MTV incident has now become an iconic moment that is often PARODIED (a funny imitation). For example, Jay-Z PARODIED the event when accepting the award for Video of the Year at the 2012 BET Awards for Otis. He interrupted Kanye during his portion of their joint acceptance speech by saying, “Excuse me Kanye, I’mma let you continue but –“. Kanye then QUIPPED (wittily replied), “I was trying to defend your girl, man!”