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Last Kiss

Speak Now (2010)

“Last Kiss” is an emotional ballad on Taylor’s third studio album, Speak Now (2010). She describes her feelings surrounding her breakup with Joe Jonas in 2008 and reflects on their time together. She never thought their relationship would end.

Background and Lyrical Theme

The secret message for “Last Kiss” is “Forever and always”, which is a callback to the song “Forever & Always” that Taylor wrote about her breakup with Joe a few days after he ended the relationship. She put that song on her second album, “Fearless” (2008). While “Forever & Always” focuses on the angry and confused emotions she felt when he left her, “Last Kiss” highlights the sort of melancholic, nostalgic sadness that follows. Taylor explained the meaning of the song in a since-deleted post on her website:

«The song ‘Last Kiss’ is sort of like a letter to somebody. You say all of these desperate, hopeless feelings that you have after a breakup. Going through a breakup you feel all of these different things. You feel anger, and you feel confusion, and frustration. Then there is the absolute sadness. The sadness of losing this person, losing all the memories and the hopes you had for the future. There are times when you have this moment of truth where you just admit to yourself that you miss all these things. When I was in one of those moments I wrote this song.»

Taylor Swift
The song has a 27 second intro, which could possibly reflect the 27 second break up phone call she had with Joe Jonas. “That July 9th” is also a reference to a day in 2008 when Taylor went to Dallas, Texas, to visit him. She saw his band The Jonas Brothers perform that night.

Taylor was asked during an interview with Jam! Music if she worries about revealing too much in her songs. She replied: “Throughout all of the changes that have happened in my life, one of the priorities I’ve had is to never change the way I write songs and the reasons I write songs. I write songs to help me understand life a little more. I write songs to get past things that cause me pain. And I write songs because sometimes life makes more sense to me when it’s being sung in a chorus, and when I can write it in a verse.”

Last Kiss Day

In the Taylor Fandom, July 9th is known as “Last Kiss Day”. It is tradition to listen to the song at 1:58am.

Live Performance

Taylor performed “Last Kiss” every night on her “Speak Now World Tour” (2011-2012). She used a rare, deep blue Taylor Living Jewels Koi Guitar which was a gift from Bob Taylor (owner and co-founder of Taylor Guitars) to Taylor.

Critical Reception

“Last Kiss” received critical acclaim from music critics, many calling it a highlight on the album. Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone praised the song, saying: “Toward the end of Speak Now, when you’re already wrung out from sad songs and begging for mercy, this six-minute quasi-doo-wop ballad creeps up on you to inflict more punishment. One of those flawless Nathan Chapman productions – so sparse, so delicate, flattering every tremor of her voice.”

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I still remember the look on your face
Lit through the darkness at 1:58
The words that you whispered for just us to know
You told me you loved me
So why did you go away?
Away

[Verse 2]
I do recall now the smell of the rain
Fresh on the pavement, I ran off the plane
That July 9th, the beat of your heart
It jumps through your shirt
I can still feel your arms

[Chorus]
But now I’ll go
Sit on the floor, wearing your clothes
All that I know is I don’t know how to be something you miss
I never thought we’d have a last kiss
Never imagined we’d end like this
Your name, forever the name on my lips

[Verse 3]
I do remember the swing of your step
The life of the party, you’re showing off again
And I roll my eyes and then you pull me in
I’m not much for dancing, but for you I did

[Verse 4]
Because I love your handshake, meeting my father
I love how you walk with your hands in your pockets
How you kissed me when I was in the middle of saying something
There’s not a day I don’t miss those rude interruptions

[Chorus]
And I’ll go
Sit on the floor, wearing your clothes
All that I know is I don’t know how to be something you miss
Never thought we’d have a last kiss
Never imagined we’d end like this
Your name, forever the name on my lips

[Bridge 1]
So I’ll watch your life in pictures like I used to watch you sleep
And I feel you forget me like I used to feel you breathe
And I keep up with our old friends just to ask them how you are
Hope it’s nice where you are

[Bridge 2]
And I hope the sun shines and it’s a beautiful day
And something reminds you, you wish you had stayed
You can plan for a change in the weather and time
But I never planned on you changing your mind

[Chorus]
So I’ll go
Sit on the floor, wearing your clothes
All that I know is I don’t know how to be something you miss
Never thought we’d have a last kiss
Never imagined we’d end like this
Your name, forever the name on my lips

[Outro]
Just like our last kiss
Forever the name on my lips
Forever the name on my lips
Just like our last

General Information
ArtistTaylor Swift
AlbumSpeak Now
ReleasedOctober 25, 2010
Recorded2009–2010
StudioBlackbird (Nashville)
Aimeeland (Nashville)
Starstruck (Nashville)
GenreCountry Pop
Length6:09
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducersNathan Chapman
Taylor Swift
SPEAK NOW CHRONOLOGY
HauntedLast KissLong Live
Hidden Message
Forever and always
Song Artwork
Live Performance
Official Audio
Official Live Version