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Babe is a song from the Sugarland that features Taylor Swift. It was released on April 20, 2018. The song was written for Taylor's fourth studio album Red, but didn't make the cut.

Meaning and Background

"She reached out. We have obviously known each other for many years. When she was just getting started, we had just had our first little EP out called Premium Quality Tunes, and she still has a copy of it that we signed for her, whenever we played a couple shows together. And she was excited we were getting back together and reached out, and said, 'Hey, I have a song.' And that is a short list, ladies and gentleman, of people to whom she has said, 'Hey, I have a song. Wanna sing it?' So we said yes. We've never really put a song by anybody else on any of our records, so we weren't really used to sorting through that, and we didn't want to mess it up. So we didn't tell anybody about it, until we got finished. And she liked it, thank God. It is a good song."

- Sugarland about Babe[1]

Trivia

Music Video

The video was released on June 9, 2018. It was directed by Anthony Mandler.

Storyline
The video starts with Jennifer saying goodbye to her husband as he leaves for work. She enters her house and looks sad, as she knows her husband is cheating with his collegue. At work, the husband and a red-haired Taylor smile at each other. Taylor and the husband meet up at his office. It's clear that they are having a romantic affair. Jennifer arrives at her husband's job, the workers giving each other looks as they know what's going on between her husband and Taylor. Jennifer enters her husband's office and sees Taylor leave. Later, Taylor and the husband are having fun at a party. However, he's later seen leaving an upset looking Taylor in the kitchen. She smashes a glass and sits on the kitchen floor, crying. Meanwhile, Jennifer finds love letters from Taylor. As the husband returns home, Jennifer has thrown out his clothes, locked the door and taken off her ring.

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Sugarland]
What a shame
Didn't wanna be the one that got away, yeah
Big mistake, broke the sweetest promise
That you never should have made

[Pre-Chorus: Sugarland]
I'm here on the kitchen floor
You call, but I won't hear it
You said "No one else," how could you do this, babe?

[Chorus: Sugarland & Taylor Swift]
You really blew this, babe
We ain't gettin' through this one, babe
This is the last time I'll ever call you, babe
This is the last time, this is the last time
This is the last time, I'll ever call you "babe"

[Verse 2: Sugarland]
What a waste
Takin' down the pictures and the plans we made, yeah
And it's strange how your face doesn't look so innocent
Your secret has its consequence and that's on you, babe

[Pre-Chorus: Sugarland]
I break down every time you call
We're a wreck, you're the wreckin' ball
We said, "No one else", how could you do this, babe?

[Chorus: Sugarland & Taylor Swift]
You really blew this, babe
We ain't gettin' through this one, babe
This is the last time I'll ever call you, babe
This is the last time, this is the last time
This is the last time

[Bridge: Sugarland & Taylor Swift]
Since you admitted it (oh), I keep picturin' (oh)
Her lips on your neck (oh), I can't unsee it (oh)
I hate that because of you (oh), I can't love you, babe
What a shame, didn't want to be the one that got away
How could you do this, babe?

[Chorus: Sugarland & Taylor Swift]
You really blew this, babe
We ain't gettin' through this one, babe
How could you do this, babe?
This is the last time, this is the last time
This is the last time I'll ever call you, babe

[Outro: Sugarland & Taylor Swift]
How could you do this, babe?
I'm here on the kitchen floor, you call but I won't hear it
You said "No one else," we ain't gettin' through this one, babe
I break down every time you call, this is the last time
We're a wreck, you're the wreckin' ball
This is the last time
You said "No one else"
This is the last time I'll ever call you "babe"


Videos

References

  1. Sugarland Reveal How a Taylor Swift Song Landed on Their Upcoming 'Bigger' Album (popculture.com) - https://popculture.com/country-music/news/sugarland-bigger-taylor-swift-song-babe/