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Teardrops on My Guitar is the third track and second single of Taylor's debut album Taylor Swift. It was released on October 24, 2006 and became a single on February 19, 2007.

Meaning and Background

"I used to have a huge crush on this guy, who would sit there every day talking to me about... another girl: how beautiful she was, how nice and smart and perfect she was. And I sat there and listened, never meaning it any of the times I said 'Oh, I'm so happy for you.' I guess this is a good example of how I let my feelings out in songs, and sometimes no other way. And I've never been afraid of using names. I love this song because of its honesty and vulnerability. To this day, they are still together and he has no idea about this song."

- Taylor about Teardrops on My Guitar[1]

The guy she sings about is Drew Hardwick, who was a classmate of hers.

Trivia

Music Video

The music video was released on February 19, 2007. It's directed by Trey Fanjoy. Taylor's love interest is played by Tyler Hilton.

Storyline
The video starts in a high school with Taylor and a guy having a conversation at their lockers. He asks her if she's gonna come to the game on Friday and Taylor replies "Well, I was thinking about it. Why?". He tells her that he was just asking and reveals that he met a girl that he's gonna tell her about later. Taylor looks sad as the guy revealed he met a girl. In the next scene, Taylor is lying on her bed with her guitar, singing the song. It plays between the scenes of Taylor and the guy. The video transitions to Taylor and the guy talking and laughing in the school library and them getting told to be quiet by a librarian. Next, they're in science class. Taylor messes up and spills substance because she was looking at the guy. They clean it up together. In the school's hallway, Taylor sees the guy. However, he walks right past her towards his girlfriend. As they kiss, Taylor walks away.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Drew looks at me
I fake a smile so he won't see
That I want and I'm needing
Everything that we should be

[Pre-Chorus]
I'll bet she's beautiful, that girl he talks about
And she's got everything that I have to live without

[Verse 2]
Drew talks to me
I laugh 'cause it's so damn funny
That I can't even see
Anyone when he's with me

[Pre-Chorus]
He says he's so in love, he's finally got it right
I wonder if he knows he's all I think about at night

[Chorus]
He's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
The only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star
He's the song in the car
I keep singing, don't know why I do

[Verse 3]
Drew walks by me
Can't he tell that I can't breathe?
And there he goes, so perfectly
The kind of flawless I wish I could be

[Pre-Chorus]
She'd better hold him tight, give him all her love
Look in those beautiful eyes and know she's lucky 'cause

[Chorus]
He's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
The only thing that keeps me wishing on a wishing star
He's the song in the car
I keep singing, don't know why I do

[Bridge]
So I drive home alone, as I turn off the light
I'll put his picture down and maybe get some sleep tonight

[Chorus]
'Cause he's the reason for the teardrops on my guitar
The only one who’s got enough of me to break my heart
He's the song in the car
I keep singing, don't know why I do

[Outro]
He's the time taken up, but there's never enough
And he's all that I need to fall into
Drew looks at me
I fake a smile so he won't see


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2008 BMI Country Awards BMI Award Won
Song of the Year Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best New Artist Nominated
2009 BMI Pop Awards Song of the Year Won

Videos

References