Should've Said No

Album: Taylor Swift (2006)
Charted: 33


  • This cheating number was one of three tracks on the album that Swift wrote on her own. The teenage Country star penned this song a week before her final recording.
  • This comes from an unfortunate chapter in Swift's life. She explained: "I wrote this song by myself, and it literally took me just 20 minutes to write before we recorded it. I was living every line in this song at the time. I wrote this song about a guy who cheated on me who shouldn't have."
  • Swift compared this to another of her songs that concerns a relationship which went wrong: "Picture To Burn." Says Swift: "'Picture To Burn' has an 'angry and I'm-done-with-him attitude,' while 'Should've Said No' is "more of a moral statement. It's an 'I love you, we were awesome and great together, but you messed this up and I would still be with you' kinda thing. You said yes, and you should've said no."
  • When this song reached the Top 10 of the Hot Country Songs in July 2008, Taylor Swift became the first solo female artist to score five top 10 hits from a debut album since the album chart was first published in 1964. Her previous four chart entries had been "Tim McGraw," "Teardrops on My Guitar," "Our Song" and "Picture To Burn."

Comments: 8

  • Alisa from Canis, Australiai sing this song every day
  • Ashleigh from ?????, MoBeen there. I totally get what she's saying. I agree with all three of you.
  • Anita from Citrus Heights, Calol. ya i agree w/ kaitlyn and hope! haha..wat a jerk of that dude. =. . .but yet good for taylor cuz she gets to let it all out, and shes hecka popular now, hes probably not even w/ that other girl. hes missing out!! haha..
  • Hope from Naperville, Ilkatie---haha that is really cool that its the guys name! and i agree with kaitlyn!
  • Kaitlyn from Grovedale, AbI like this song because taylor wrote a song that her ex will have to hear everyday and hate himself for it
  • Stephanie from Nashville, TnI like taylor Swift. I can relate to her songs, espicially this one and Picture to Burn.
  • Jenn from Buffalo, NyI absolutely love Taylor Swift, she is awesome, and an inspiration to all young aspiring singers. I hope she continues to entertain the millions that know and love her music! Go Taylor!!
  • Katie from Los Banos, CaThe hidden message in the lyrics for this song on her CD is "Sam Sam Sam Sam Sam"
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