You Belong With Me

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

“You Belong With Me” is a song on Taylor’s second studio album, “Fearless” (2008). Being one of her signature songs, she tells the story of a boy who is too wrapped up in an unhappy relationship to see how much another girl likes him. The re-recording of the song, “You Belong With Me (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on April 9, 2021 on the album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”

Taylor was inspired to write “You Belong with Me” after overhearing a male friend of hers arguing with his girlfriend through a phone call; she continued to develop a story line afterward. The song contains many pop music elements. Taylor said the following about the track on a page on Big Machine Records’ website, which has since been removed:

“I had overheard a friend of mine talking to his girlfriend and he was completely on the defensive, saying [things like] ‘I love you more than anything! Baby, I’m so sorry.’ She was just yelling at him! I felt so bad for him at that moment. So I came up with the first line ‘you’re on the phone with your girlfriend, she’s upset, she’s going off about something that you said,’ and I ran that into the storyline that I’m in love with him and he should be with me instead of her.” — Taylor Swift

Liz Rose has said that “You Belong With Me” was written at the very end of the recording sessions for “Fearless”:

“Taylor said, ‘I’m finishing the record on Monday. Let’s write an uptempo song.’ We wrote ‘You Belong With Me’ in one or two hours. It’s amazing to go back to the work tape and listen to it, because you wouldn’t believe the nuances that show up in the album version, too. When she’s writing something, she’s already producing in her head. She hears it all.” — Liz Rose

COMMERCIAL SUCCESS AND AWARD RECOGNITION
The song received nominations for the GRAMMY Awards for “Song of the Year”, “Record of the Year”, and “Best Female Pop Vocal Performance”. “You Belong with Me” enjoyed commercial success as well; in the United States, the song became Taylor’s highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 at the time, at No. 2. It managed to gain the largest crossover radio audience since Faith Hill’s “Breathe” did in 2000.

The video won the MTV Video Music Award for “Best Female Video” at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but during Taylor’s acceptance speech, rapper Kanye West interrupted, protesting in support of Beyoncé. The incident caused a reaction in the media, with many coming to Taylor’s defense. It was also the origin of a more than decade long feud between West and Taylor.

MUSIC VIDEO
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Roman White. The video features Taylor portraying two characters, a nerd (the protagonist and narrator) and a popular girl (the antagonist and girlfriend), while American actor Lucas Till portrayed the male lead. The video’s plot centers on the protagonist secretively loving the male lead, although he has a girlfriend.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You’re on the phone
With your girlfriend
She’s upset
She’s going off about
Something that you said
‘Cause she doesn’t get your humor
Like I do

I’m in the room
It’s a typical Tuesday night
I’m listening to the kind of music
She doesn’t like
And she’ll never know your story
Like I do

[Pre-chorus 1]
But she wears short skirts
I wear t-shirts
She’s cheer captain
And I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day
When you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for
Has been here the whole time

[Chorus]
If you could see
That I’m the one
Who understands you
Been here all along
So why can’t you see?
You belong with me
You belong with me

[Verse 2]
Walking the streets
With you and your worn-out jeans
I can’t help thinking
This is how it ought to be
Laughing on a park bench
Thinking to myself
Hey, isn’t this easy?

And you’ve got a smile
That could light up this whole town
I haven’t seen it in awhile
Since she brought you down
You say you’re fine
I know you better than that
Hey whatcha doing
With a girl like that?

[Pre-chorus 2]
She wears high heels
I wear sneakers
She’s cheer captain
I’m on the bleachers
Dreaming about the day
When you wake up and find
That what you’re looking for
Has been here the whole time

[Chorus]
If you could see
That I’m the one
Who understands you
Been here all along
So why can’t you see?
You belong with me

Standing by and
Waiting at your back door
All this time
How could you not know, baby?
You belong with me
You belong with me

[Bridge]
Oh, I remember
You driving to my house
In the middle of the night
I’m the one who makes you laugh
When you know you’re about to cry
I know your favorite songs
And you tell me about your dreams
Think I know where you belong
Think I know it’s with me

Can’t you see
That I’m the one who understands you?
Been here all along
So why can’t you see?
You belong with me

[Final Chorus]
Standing by and waiting at your back door
All this time how could you not know, baby?
You belong with me
You belong with me
You belong with me

[Outro]
Have you ever thought
Just maybe
You belong with me?
You belong with me

General Information
AlbumsFearless
Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008
Re-ReleasedApril 9, 2021
GenreCountry Pop
Length3:51
LabelBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Liz Rose
ProducersNathan Chapman
Taylor Swift
Single Certification
Hidden Message
Love is blind so you couldn’t see me
Music Video
Official Audio