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Single | Feat. Chris Stapleton | RED (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“I Bet You Think About Me” is a country ballad performed by Taylor featuring Chris Stapleton that appears on RED (Taylor’s Version) [2021], Taylor’s second re-recorded album. She wrote the song with Lori McKenna and produced it with frequent collaborator Aaron Dessner. It is driven by a harmonica and has lyrics making fun of an ex-boyfriend’s upper-class lifestyle.

Background

Taylor released her fourth studio album, RED, on October 22, 2012, through Big Machine Records. It combines country and pop with many genres, which at the time prompted media debate over her status as a country artist. The album was a critical success, ranking at No. 99 on Rolling Stone‘s 2020 revision of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” By June 2021, it had sold over seven million copies in the United States.

Taylor signed with Republic Records after her contract with Big Machine expired in 2018; her contract with the label granted her rights to the master recordings of her music going forward. In 2019, Big Machine CEO Scott Borchetta sold the label, as well as the master recordings of Taylor’s first six studio albums, to businessman Scooter Braun, to the horror of Taylor who wasn’t informed about the deal until it was announced to the world. She has stated multiple times that Braun and several of his clients have repeatedly tried to sabotage her career. That’s why she decided to re-record her Big Machine albums, starting in November 2020, as a means to own her life’s work. The first re-recorded album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version), the re-recording of her 2008 album, was released on April 9, 2021. Seven months later Taylor released her second re-recorded album, RED (Taylor’s Version), the re-recording of the 2012 album, on November 12, 2021. In addition to the original RED tracks, the record features nine unreleased “From The Vault” tracks — including “I Bet You Think About Me”—that Taylor had written but never released for RED.

Lyrical Theme and Composition

“I Bet You Think About Me” is a fairly humorous – but also very pointed and sarcastic – dismantling of one of Taylor’s ex-boyfriends where she laments the personality of an obvious elitist. There’s a cool indie music line that hearkens back to a verse from “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Taylor wrote the song with country singer-songwriter Lori McKenna in summer 2011. She told a radio station in November 2021:

«The song 'I Bet You Think About Me' is a song I wrote with Lori McKenna who is one of my favorite singer-songwriters ever. I'd always wanted to work with her. I wrote this with her when I was at her house when I was playing Foxborough Stadium on the 'Speak Now Tour.' We wanted this song to be a comedic, tongue-in-cheek, funny, not-caring-what-anyone-thinks-about-you sort of breakup song. Because there are a lot of different types of heartbreak songs on RED, some of them are very sincere, some of them very stoic and heartbreaking, and sad. We wanted this to be more like, 'I don't care about anything!' And we wanted to kind of make people laugh at it, we wanted it to be sort of a drinking song. I think that's what it ended up being.»

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Country superstar Chris Stapleton is the featured guest artist on the song. He told ET Canada: “They called and I answered. Those are calls you pick up and say, ‘What shall I do? Okay, cool!’ That’s how that goes.”

Music Video

A music video for “I Bet You Think About Me” premiered on YouTube on November 15, 2021. Taylor and one of her closest friends, American actress Blake Lively, wrote the treatment for the video, and the latter directed it in her directorial debut. Actor Miles Teller appears in the video.

Critical Reception

Chris Willman writing for Variety gave “I Bet You Think About Me” a five-out-of-five rating. He praised the track for its rowdier country production compared to what “Swift was pulling off at the time” and the sharp lyrics. Jessica Nicholson from Billboard complimented Stapleton’s “burnished, bluesy vocal” which together with Taylor’s delivery brought forth a “well-crafted” song. In USA Today, Melissa Ruggieri wrote that although Stapleton’s “whiskey-hued vocals are the beautiful sandpaper to Swift’s sleek voice – the tune should be remembered for some of Swift’s snarkiest lyrics.”

Commercial Performance

“I Bet You Think About Me” was serviced to American country radio formats on November 15, 2021, by Republic Records and MCA Nashville as a single from RED (Taylor’s Version).

Lyrics

[Verse 1: Taylor Swift]
3 AM and I’m still awake, I’ll bet you’re just fine
Fast asleep in your city that’s better than mine
And the girl in your bed has a fine pedigree
And I’ll bet your friends tell you she’s better than me, huh

[Verse 2: Taylor Swift]
Well, I tried to fit in with your upper-crust circles
Yeah, they let me sit in back when we were in love
Oh, they sit around talkin’ about the meaning of life
And the book that just saved ’em that I hadn’t heard of

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift]
But now that we’re done and it’s over
I bet you couldn’t believe
When you realized I’m harder to forget than I was to leave
And I bet you think about me

[Verse 3: Taylor Swift]
You grew up in a silver-spoon gated community
Glamorous, shiny, bright Beverly Hills
I was raised on a farm, no, it wasn’t a mansion
Just livin’ room dancin’ and kitchen table bills

[Verse 4: Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton]
But you know what they say, you can’t help who you fall for
And you and I fell like an early spring snow
But reality crept in, you said we’re too different
You laughed at my dreams, rolled your eyes at my jokes

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift]
Mr. Superior Thinkin’
Do you have all the space that you need?
I don’t have to be your shrink to know that you’ll never be happy
And I bet you think about me

[Post-Chorus: Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton]
I bet you think about me
Yes, I bet you think about me

[Bridge: Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift]
Oh, block it all out
The voices so loud, sayin’
“Why did you let her go?”
Does it make you feel sad
That the love that you’re lookin’ for
Is the love that you had?

[Verse 5: Taylor Swift]
Now you’re out in the world, searchin’ for your soul
Scared not to be hip, scared to get old
Chasing make-believe status, last time you felt free
Was when none of that shit mattered ’cause you were with me

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton, Taylor Swift]
But now that we’re done and it’s over
I bet it’s hard to believe
That it turned out I’m harder to forget than I was to leave
And, yeah, I bet you think about me

[Post-Chorus: Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton]
I bet you think about me
Yes, I bet you think about me

[Outro: Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift & Chris Stapleton]
I bet you think about me when you’re out
At your cool indie music concerts every week
I bet you think about me in your house
With your organic shoes and your million-dollar couch
I bet you think about me when you say
“Oh my god, she’s insane, she wrote a song about me”
I bet you think about me

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General Information
AlbumRED (Taylor’s Version)
FeatureChris Stapleton
ReleasedNovember 12, 2021
Recorded2021
WrittenJune 2011
GenreCountry
Length4:45
LabelRepublic Records
MCA Nashville
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Lori McKenna
ProducersAaron Dessner
Taylor Swift
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Music Video
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