Tell Me Why

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  • Taylor Swift co-wrote this with her frequent collaborator Liz Rose. The singer told The Associated Press that this was inspired by her frustration at a boy that she liked acting up. She explained: "I walked into Liz's house, and I said, 'I can't believe what's going on right now, I've gotta tell you about this.' I told her all about it. She goes, 'If you could say everything you were thinking to him right now, what would you start with?'"
    Swift began venting: "I would say to him, 'I'm sick and tired of your attitude, I feel like I don't even know you' ... and I just started rambling, and she was writing down everything that I was saying, and so, we turned it into a song."
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Comments: 6

  • Samantha from Boone, IaThis song makes me think of my Dad, he is mean to me and deserves this song screamed in his face. I'm gunna go learn it on the guitar now :-)
  • Alex from Nashville, Tni love this song it is so good after what happened to her
  • Emily from Around Chicago, IlIn the booklet that comes w/the CD, there are hidden messages in the lyrics. You take all the capital letters and put them in order to spell a phrase. Tell Me Why's message is: GUESS I WAS FOOLED BY YOUR SMILE.
  • Hope from Naperville, Ilthis was the last song on fearless that i listened to. its exactly how i felt at that exact was like 'dont you realize i have feelings?! are you trying to hurt me?!
  • Emily from Around Chicago, IlThe 1st thing that came to my mind was cruel people, not just boyfriends (or girlfriends, i suppose)
  • Jake from Groveland, FlEXACTLY! All I wanted to know from my x girlfriend was why...why did you do this to me? How can you be so cruel and ruin someone's perfect day? What kind of person ARE you!?
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