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this is me trying is the ninth track of Taylor Swift's eight album folklore. It was released on July 24, 2020.

Meaning and Background

This song is about people who are suffering from addiction or mental illness who have an everyday struggle. Besides fighting everyday, nobody gives them credit for it and their best isn't good enough. Somebody like that must want everyone to know how hard it is for them, but you only know for yourself that you're trying your best.

The first verse is about someone who's in a life crisis, who has been trying and failing and it has been ruining relationships, they keep dissapointing everyone. They have driven to a cliff and could end it all, but chose to drive back home. Not driving off the cliff is the act of trying.

The second verse is about someone who felt like they had a lot of potential, but lost in life. They start drinking, but try not to every second.

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I've been having a hard time adjusting
I had the shiniest wheels, now they're rusting
I didn't know if you'd care if I came back
I have a lot of regrets about that
Pulled the car off the road to the lookout
Could've followed my fears all the way down
And maybe I don't quite know what to say
But I'm here in your doorway

[Chorus]
I just wanted you to know that this is me trying
I just wanted you to know that this is me trying

[Verse 2]
They told me all of my cages were mental
So I got wasted like all my potential
And my words shoot to kill when I'm mad
I have a lot of regrets about that
I was so ahead of the curve, the curve became a sphere
Fell behind all my classmates and I ended up here
Pouring out my heart to a stranger
But I didn't pour the whiskey

[Chorus]
I just wanted you to know that this is me trying
I just wanted you to know that this is me trying

[Post-Chorus]
At least I'm trying

[Bridge]
And it's hard to be at a party when I feel like an open wound
It's hard to be anywhere these days when all I want is you
You're a flashback in a film reel on the one screen in my town

[Chorus]
And I just wanted you to know that this is me trying
(And maybe I don't quite know what to say)
I just wanted you to know that this is me trying

[Outro]
At least I'm trying


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