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Mine is the first track and lead single of Taylor's third album Speak Now. It was released on August 4, 2010.

Meaning and Background

"It's been sort of a recent tendency. I think it's because that, for me, every really direct example of love that I've had in front of me has ended in goodbye, has ended in breakups. I think I've developed this pattern of sort of running away when it comes time to fall in love and to stay in a relationship. The song is sort of about finding the exception to that and finding someone who would make you believe in love and realise that it could work out. I'm never, ever going to go past hoping that love can work out. I'm always going to be very hopeful and blindly optimistic when it comes to love."

- Taylor about Mine[1]

Trivia

  • The song was leaked online before it's release.

Music Video

The music video was released on August 27, 2010. It's directed by Taylor and Roman White. Taylor's love interest is played by Toby Hemingway.

Storyline
The video starts with Taylor entering a coffee shop. She notices a couple arguing and gets a flashback to seeing her own parents argue when she was a child. While sitting at the table, the waiter comes to take her order. They like each other and they get into a relationship. In the next scene, they walk by the water together and have fun on the beach. They end up buying a house and moving in together. In between, there are some flashbacks of Taylor seeing her parents argue.

While on a rowboat, the guy proposes to Taylor; she happily accepts. Next scene, they get in an argument at their house. Taylor runs out crying. A flashback shows Taylor as a child also running out of the house. Her fiancé follows her and calms her down, telling her that he'll never leave her alone and reminding her of the good times. Later, they get married and have kids. They are shown happily raising two boys together. The video ends with the scene of Taylor meeting the guy at the coffee shop.

In between the scenes of Taylor and her love interest, there are shots of Taylor standing in the woods, surrounded by photos hanging on white strings.

Trivia

  • This is the first time Taylor directed a music video.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You were in college, working part-time, waiting tables
Left a small town and never looked back
I was a flight risk, with a fear of falling
Wondering why we bother with love, if it never lasts

[Pre-Chorus]
I say, "Can you believe it?"
As we're lying on the couch
The moment, I could see it
Yes, yes, I can see it now

[Chorus]
Do you remember, we were sitting there, by the water?
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine

[Verse 2]
Flash forward, and we're taking on the world together
And there's a drawer of my things at your place
You learn my secrets and figure out why I'm guarded
You say we'll never make my parents' mistakes

[Pre-Chorus]
But we got bills to pay
We got nothing figured out
When it was hard to take
Yes, yes
This is what I thought about:

[Chorus]
Do you remember, we were sitting there, by the water?
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine
Do you remember all the city lights on the water?
You saw me start to believe for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine

[Bridge]
And I remember that fight, 2:30 AM
As everything was slipping right out of our hands
I ran out, crying, and you followed me out into the street
Braced myself for the goodbye
'Cause that's all I've ever known
Then, you took me by surprise
You said, "I'll never leave you alone."

[Chorus]
You said, "I remember how we felt, sitting by the water
And every time I look at you, it's like the first time
I fell in love with a careless man's careful daughter
She is the best thing that's ever been mine"
Hold on, make it last
Hold on, never turn back
You made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter
You are the best thing that's ever been mine

[Outro]
Yeah, yeah
Do you believe it? (hold on)
We're gonna make it now (hold on)
And I can see it
Yeah, yeah
I can see it now (see it now)


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2011 Billboard Music Awards Top Country Song Nominated
BMI Country Awards BMI Award Won
CMT Music Awards Video of the Year Won
Female Video of the Year Nominated
Best Web Video of the Year Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Female Video Nominated
Best Pop Video Nominated
Much Music Video Awards Most Watched Video of the Year Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Love Song Nominated
2011 BMI Pop Awards BMI Award Won

Videos

References

  1. Taylor Swift confirms new single details (digitalspy.com) - https://www.digitalspy.com/music/a247848/taylor-swift-confirms-new-single-details/
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