Tell Me Why

Fearless (2008) | Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Tell Me Why” is a song on Taylor’s second studio album, “Fearless” (2008), that was inspired by her frustration at a boy that she liked acting up. The re-recording of the song, “Tell Me Why (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on April 9, 2021 on the album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”

Taylor co-wrote the song with her frequent collaborator Liz Rose and produced it together with Nathan Chapman. She explained:

“I walked into Liz’s house, and I said, ‘I can’t believe what’s going on right now, I’ve gotta tell you about this.’ I told her all about it. She goes, ‘If you could say everything you were thinking to him right now, what would you start with?’ I would say to him, ‘I’m sick and tired of your attitude, I feel like I don’t even know you’…and I just started rambling, and she was writing down everything that I was saying, and so, we turned it into a song.” — Taylor Swift

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I took a chance, I took a shot
And you might think I’m bulletproof, but I’m not
You took a swing, I took it hard
And down here from the ground I see who you are

[Chorus]
I’m sick and tired of your attitude
I’m feeling like I don’t know you
You tell me that you love me then you cut me down
And I need you like a heartbeat
But you know you got a mean streak
Makes me run for cover when you’re around
And here’s to you and your temper
Yes, I remember what you said last night
And I know that you see what you’re doing to me
Tell me why

[Verse 2]
You could write a book on how to ruin someone’s perfect day
Well I get so confused and frustrated
Forget what I’m trying to say, oh

[Chorus]
I’m sick and tired of your reasons
I got no one to believe in
You tell me that you want me, then push me around
And I need you like a heartbeat
But you know you got a mean streak
Makes me run for cover when you’re around
And here’s to you and your temper
Yes, I remember what you said last night
And I know that you see what you’re doing to me
Tell me why

[Bridge]
Why, do you have to make me feel small
So you can feel whole inside
Why, do you have to put down my dreams
So you’re the only thing on my mind

[Chorus]
Well I’m sick and tired of your attitude
I’m feeling like I don’t know you
You tell me that you want me then cut me down
I’m sick and tired of your reasons
I’ve got no one to believe in
You ask me for my love then you push me around
Here’s to you and your temper
Yes, I remember what you said last night
And I know that you see what you’re doing to me
Tell me why
Why, tell me why

[Outro]
I take a step back, let you go
I told you I’m not bulletproof
Now you know

General Information
AlbumsFearless
Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008
Re-ReleasedApril 9, 2021
GenreCountry
Length3:20
LabelBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Liz Rose
Hidden Message
Guess I was fooled by your smile
Official Audio