Taylor Swift NPR interview: There’s one song on the new album called ‘The Last Time,’ which you sing with Gary Lightbody of the band Snow Patrol, that’s particularly heartbreaking. Where does that come from? You have this bright, upbeat personality and this charisma that’s been written about so much, and yet there’s a lot of pain in what you write about.
The idea was based on this experience I had with someone who was kind of this unreliable guy. You never know when he’s going to leave, you never know when he’s going to come back, but he always does come back. My visual for this song is, there’s a guy on his knees sitting on the ground outside of a door. And on the other side of the door is his girlfriend, who he keeps on leaving, and he keeps coming back to her, but then he leaves again.
He’s saying, ‘This is the last time I’m going to do this to you.’ And she’s saying, ‘This is the last time I’m asking you this: Don’t do this again.’ And she’s wondering whether to let him in, and he just wants her to give him another chance, but she doesn’t know if he’s going to break her heart again. It’s a really fragile emotion you’re dealing with when you want to love someone, but you don’t know if it’s smart to.
Read the full interview at OceanUp.com.