Well I couldn't find much on Taylor's inspiration for the song but as you go through the lyrics, this one is pretty obvious as far as the message goes. Click here for the lyrics. Now I actually cried when I first heard this song. The emotion of the lyrics and the music itself is really intense and powerful. You can really feel her heartache- her longing. How she misses this person and how she wishes she could just be in their arms again but she can't bring herself to tell him this. It's heart-wrenching. And she can't stop thinking about him and she hopes that he still thinks about her. I think we all secretly wonder sometimes if that recent ex still wonders how you are doing, or cares for that matter. And then there's a point (and this may be a long way off) where you just stop wondering. You stop caring about whether or not they care. And they'll try and talk to you and of course pull the "we can still be friends" line- but how often does that really happen? Most of us girls try to be friends with our exes but for the most part, when you really loved them, it just hurts. And it's just like Taylor says here. It doesn't occur to them that we will always be scared that they will leave again even as friends. And all we want is for them to "take us back".
Love to all,
-Autumn the Music Girl