I Knew You Were Trouble is the fourth track and third single of Taylor's fourth album Red. It was released on October 9, 2012. It became a single on November 27, 2012.
Meaning and Background
After Taylor performed this song at the Brit Awards, she was asked if it was difficult to perform. Taylor replied: “Well, it’s not hard to access that emotion when the person the song is directed at is standing by the side of the stage watching.”, indicating that she wrote the song about Harry Styles.
The music video was released on December 13, 2012. It's directed by Anthony Mandler.
The music video starts with Taylor lying on the ground in a dessert, surrounded by trash. Taylor has pink-tipped hair and dark make-up. Short flashbacks of Taylor and her ex-boyfriend play as there's a voice-over that says:
"I think, I think when it's all over it just comes back in flashes you know. It's like a kaleidoscope of memories, but it just all comes back. But he never does. I think part of me knew the second I saw him that this would happen. It's not really anything he said or anything he did. It was the feeling that came along with it. And crazy thing is, I don't know if I'm ever going to feel that way again, but I don't know if I should. I knew his world moved too fast and burned too bright, but I just thought, How could the devil be pulling me towards someone who looks so much like and angel when he smiles at you? Maybe he knew that when he saw me. I guess I just lost my balance. I think that the worst part of it all wasn't losing him, it was losing me."
When the video starts, Taylor meets a guy. They get into a relationship and are having a good time together as they go on dates, drive, dance together, get tattoos and the guys gives Taylor a necklace. However, their relationship takes a turn for the worse. Police arrive while they're kissing in his car, he gets into a fight with some guys at a bar (which Taylor tries to stop) and at a concert Taylor sees him kissing other girls. The last scene shows Taylor dropping the necklace the guy gave her and a voice-over saying:
"I don't know if you know who you are until you lose who you are."
Awards & Nominations
|2013||MTV Video Music Awards||Video of the Year||Won|
|MTV Video Music Awards||Best Female Video||Won|
|Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards||Aussie's Fave Song||Nominated|
|Radio Disney Music Awards||Song of the Year||Won|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Single by a Female Artist||Nominated|
|YouTube Music Awards||Response of the Year||Nominated|
|2014||ASCAP Pop Music Awards||Most Performed Song||Won|
|BMI Pop Awards||BMI Award||Won|
|Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Song||Nominated|
- Don’t mess with Taylor Swift | The Times - https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dont-mess-with-taylor-swift-32xldnzlzpm/