I Heart ?

Taylor Swift (2006) | Beautiful Eyes EP (2008)

“I Heart ?” (pronounced “I Heart Question Mark”) is Taylor’s first promotional single. It was first made available as an exclusive download for copies of her debut album, Taylor Swift (2006), purchased at Best Buy during the first week of release. The song was later officially released on June 23, 2008, as a song from her second EP, Beautiful Eyes. Little is known about “I Heart ?” since it was not heavily promoted.

Background and Lyrical Theme

Taylor originally wrote “I Heart ?” in 2003, when she was 13 years old, but the first recording of the track appeared on one of her demo albums in 2004, along with two other songs, “Your Face,” and “The Outside,” the latter of which would later go on to the standard edition of her first album, Taylor Swift. Lyrically, “I Heart ?” speaks off a recent break up. It seems to have been unexpected, so the question mark could stand for Taylor’s lingering love. She isn’t sure why the breakup happened, so she is angry and frustrated.

Release

A recording of the song first appeared as a digital download bonus track for Taylor Swift, when purchased at Best Buy during the album’s first week of release. “I Heart ?” was later released as a promotional single on June 23, 2008, as part of her Beautiful Eyes EP, with the intent of keeping her fans tied over until the release of her second full-length album, Fearless (2008). As a result, the single was not heavily promoted.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Wish I had concentrated
They said love was complicated
But it’s something I just fell into
And it was overrated
But just look what I’ve created
I came out alive but I’m black and blue

[Pre-Chorus]
Before you ask me if I’m alright
Think about what I had to do (Oh, yeah)

[Chorus]
Wake up and smell the breakup
Fix my heart, put on my makeup
Another mess I didn’t plan
And I’ll bet you thought you’d beat me
Wish you could only see
I’ve got an I heart question mark
Written on the back of my hand

[Verse 2]
I’d be fine if you just walked by
But you had to talk about why you were wrong and I was right
But I can’t believe you made me sit at home and cry like a baby
Wait right by the phone every night
And now you ask about you and I, there’s no you and I
Remember what you put me through
I had to

[Chorus]
Wake up and smell the breakup
Fix my heart put on my makeup
Another mess I didn’t plan
And I’ll bet you thought you’d beat me
I wish you’d could only see
I got an I heart question mark
Written on the back of my hand

[Bridge]
And when you’re home all alone at night
You’ll still wonder why you took everything I had, oh baby
I haven’t thought about you and I, there’s no you and I
And I know someday you will

[Chorus Variation]
Wake up and smell the breakup
Realize that we won’t make-up
It didn’t go the way you planed
And you’ll know you didn’t beat me
When you look down and see
I’ve got an I heart question mark
Written on the back of my hand
Written on the back of my hand

[Outro]
An I heart question mark, yeah
Written on the back of my hand

General Information
AlbumsTaylor Swift
Beautiful Eyes EP
ReleasedOctober 26, 2006
Written2003
StudioThe Tracking Room (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length3:17
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducerRobert Ellis Orrall
BEAUTIFUL EYES CHRONOLOGY
A Perfectly Good HeartI Heart ?
Song Artwork
Official Audio