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"You almost ran the red, 'cause you were lookin' over at me."
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"All the different emotions that are written about on this album are all pretty much about the kind of tumultuous, crazy, insane, intense, semi-toxic relationships that I've experienced in the last two years. All those emotions—spanning from intense love, intense frustration, jealousy, confusion, all of that—in my mind, all those emotions are red."
Taylor Swift

Red is the fourth studio album by American Singer-Songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released on October 22, 2012.

The album marks the real beginning of Swift's shift away from her country roots toward more mainstream pop. It straddles genres—twangy enough to be played on the country station, and rock enough to fill stadiums, yet streamlined and upbeat enough to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and make Swift the first female artist with two albums which sold over a million copies in the first week.

Lyrically, Red explores Swift's usual themes of love, heartbreak, and living life to the fullest. Those emotions, as Swift explained in a live chat and in the liner notes, as well as in the title track, manifested for her in a bright, multifaceted red.

A re-recording of the album, Red (Taylor's Version), was released on November 12, 2021 as the second in Swift's series of re-recorded albums produced as a counter measure to Scooter Braun's purchase of the masters to her first six albums and his later subsequent sale of them to Shamrock Holdings under the conditions that he and his company Ithaca Holdings will continue to profit off of them.

The song "All Too Well" and its accompanying short film have their own page.

Not to be confused with the King Crimson album.

Preceded by Speak Now, succeeded by 1989.


  1. "State of Grace" (4:55)
  2. "Red" (3:43)
  3. "Treacherous" (4:02)
  4. "I Knew You Were Trouble" (3:39)
  5. "All Too Well" (5:29)
  6. "22" (3:52)
  7. "I Almost Do" (4:04)
  8. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (3:13)
  9. "Stay Stay Stay" (3:25)
  10. "The Last Time" (featuring Gary Lightbody) (4:59)
  11. "Holy Ground" (3:22)
  12. "Sad Beautiful Tragic" (4:44)
  13. "The Lucky One" (4:00)
  14. "Everything Has Changed" (featuring Ed Sheeran) (4:05)
  15. "Starlight" (3:40)
  16. "Begin Again" (3:57)
  17. "The Moment I Knew" (Bonus Track) (4:45)
  18. "Come Back...Be Here" (Bonus Track) (3:43)
  19. "Girl at Home" (Bonus Track) (3:40)
  20. "State of Grace" (Acoustic Version) (5:21)
  21. "Ronan" (4:24)
  22. "Better Man" (From The Vault) (4:57)
  23. "Nothing New" (featuring Phoebe Bridgers) (From The Vault) (4:18)
  24. "Babe" (From The Vault) (3:44)
  25. "Message in a Bottle" (From The Vault) (3:45)
  26. "I Bet You Think About Me" (featuring Chris Stapleton) (From The Vault) (4:45)
  27. "Forever Winter" (From The Vault) (4:23)
  28. "Run" (featuring Ed Sheeran) (From The Vault) (4:00)
  29. "The Very First Night" (From The Vault) (3:20)
  30. "All Too Well" (10 Minute Version) (From The Vault) (10:13)
  31. "Eyes Open" (Bonus track) (4:30)
  32. "Safe & Sound" (Bonus track) (4:01)

"I knew you were troper when you walked in":

  • 13 Is Unlucky: Zig-zagged. The thirteenth track on the album is called "The Lucky One," and 13 is what Swift has often stated to be her favorite or lucky number, but as the song progresses it becomes clear that the protagonist is not as lucky as she seemed at first. However, by the end, Swift has decided that she was lucky after all, in that she made the choice to escape the spotlight and retire.
    Let me tell you now, you're the lucky one
  • Air Quotes: Taylor does these in the music video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together":
    We hadn't seen each other in a month
    When you said you needed "space." (What?)
  • Album Closure: The final track is is "Begin Again," a soft, tentative song about moving on after the kind of tempestuous relationship the greater album is preoccupied with.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: "Red," "Treacherous", and "I Knew You Were Trouble" are all about doomed romances with "bad boys" she just can't resist.
    • "I Knew You Were Trouble" is a deconstruction: at first, she liked how her bad boy didn't care, until she realized he didn't care about her as well.
      I knew you were trouble when you walked in
      So shame on me now
      Flew me to places I'd never been
      Now I'm lying on the cold hard ground
    • This (possibly sarcastic) line in "22":
      You look like bad news
      I've gotta have you
  • All Just a Dream: The final moments of the "I Bet You Think About Me" video reveals nothing beyond the very opening scene actually happened. Taylor didn't show up to crash the wedding or wreak havoc or dance with the groom... the he's just wishing she would.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Ending the album with a song called "Begin Again" carries this connotation.
  • Arc Number: 22. The bonus version has 22 tracks, a song called "22" appears on it, and it was released when she was 22 years old on October 22.
  • Anti-Love Song:
    • "I Almost Do" opens with the singer lovingly fantasizing about what her lover is doing after a hard day of work... before revealed that they broke up and she was trying so hard to not call them because their relationship has left too many scars on both sides. The aforementioned opening lyrics are repeated at the end, implying that she still thinks about them.
    • "The Moment I Knew" opens with the singer fantasizing about how happy she would be when her lover shows up as an event important to her. However, as the song goes on, she realizes that her lover won't show up and the title is referred to her knowing her lover is not right for her.
    • "The Last Time" opens with the male singer going to the female singer's house and showing up at her door, with lyrics setting up as an intimate meeting only to reveal that the reason he is going there to beg her for forgiveness.
  • Audience Participation Song: "I Knew You Were Trouble" became this in concert; in live recordings, you can hardly hear Taylor's voice over the roar of "Trouble, trouble, trouble!"
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The central character of "The Lucky One" seeks fame and fortune, only to learn it's not all that it's cracked up to be.
  • A Birthday, Not a Break: "The Moment I Knew" takes place on the narrator's birthday, when she's Stood Up by her boyfriend and he fails to show up at her party despite promising he'd be there. She tries to put on a brave face for her friends and family, but ends up breaking down crying in the bathroom, as this is what makes her realize she and her boyfriend won't be able to salvage their relationship.
    Standing there in my party dress,
    in red lipstick
    with no one to impress.
    And they're all standing around me singing,
    "Happy birthday to you!"
    But there was one thing missing,
    and that was the moment I knew.
  • Bittersweet Ending: "The Lucky One" ends with the central character leaving public life after realizing Celebrity Is Overrated, having been subject to humiliation and exploitation. However, it's clear this choice was probably for the best, and she's doing better now. Taylor, now famous herself, seems to consider following in her footsteps, or at least expresses that she completely understands why she made the choice she did.
    They still tell the legend of how you disappeared
    How you took the money and your dignity
    And got the hell out
  • Breakout Character: "All Too Well" being absolutely being beloved by fans surprised Taylor due to how long and sad it is. Fast forward to the re-release, it is the only other song beside "State of Grace" to have two versions in the album, and the second version is 10 minutes long.
  • Break-Up Song: Much of the album. If it's not a Love Nostalgia Song, it's this.
    • "I Knew You Were Trouble," about the end of a relationship she claims to have known was doomed all along.
    • "I Almost Do," where the singer reminisces about a recent ex-lover she can barely keep herself from calling.
    • "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," a poppy declaration to her on-again off-again boyfriend that this time it's, like, for real.
    • "Sad Beautiful Tragic" is a melancholy ballad to a lost love.
    • "Begin Again" is set between relationships—she favorably contrasts her new love interest with the man she has recently broken up with.
    • "The Last Time" is a duet between both parties of the failed relationship, both missing the other, but knowing deep down that it's not going to work out. She wants to just call it quits, while he insists on still trying.
      Taylor: This is the last time you tell me I've got it wrong
      Gary: This is the last time I say it's been you all along
      Taylor: This is the last time I let you in my door
      Gary: This is the last time, I won't hurt you anymore
    • Narrowly averted in "Stay Stay Stay," where the singer expects her boyfriend to leave her—but then he doesn't.
      I'm pretty sure we almost broke up last night
      I threw my phone across the room, at you
      I was expecting some dramatic turn away
      But you stayed
    • "Better Man" is a sad lament about how the narrator still loves her ex but knows she needs to break up with him because he was not a good person or boyfriend.
    • "Babe" is about the narrator's anger at her ex for cheating on her.
    • "I Bet You Think About Me" is a song where the narrator laments on how much of a pretentious ass her ex was and bets that he is still thinking about her even now.
  • Caged Bird Metaphor: In the photo accompanying "I Knew You Were Trouble" in the lyric booklet, a birdcage can be seen hanging behind Swift, where she stands at a window, looking over her shoulder as though afraid of whatever (or whoever) she's caged in with.
  • Celebrity Is Overrated: The central theme of "The Lucky One." A young woman moves to the big city, becomes famous, and realizes it just leads to people treating her like a commodity to be bought and sold, not a human being. She ends up taking her money, buying land somewhere, and disappearing from public life. Taylor, after experiencing fame for herself, thinks she made the right call in the long run.
    It took some time
    But I understand it now
  • City Shout Outs: A variation. When performing "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" during the international leg of the Eras Tour, the last "like ever" in the bridge (which is shouted by one of Taylor's backup dancers) is changed to an equivalent phrase in the local language or dialect of the city Taylor is performing in.
  • Colorful Song: In "Red," she describes her many feelings as colors.
    Loving him is like trying to change your mind once you're already flying through the free fall
    Like the colors in autumn, so bright just before they lose it all
    Losing him was blue like I'd never known
    Missing him was dark grey all alone
    Forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you never met
    But loving him was red
  • Color Motif: The titular color is referenced in several places.
    • The cover accents her bright-red lips.
    • In the Title Track, "Loving him was red."
    • "All Too Well" mentions her ex's cheeks turning red with embarrassment while looking at an Embarrassing Old Photo. It also includes the iconic line:
      'Cause there we are again on that little town street
      You almost ran the red 'cause you were looking over at me
    • In the music video for "I Bet You Think About Me" she shows up at her ex-boyfriend's wedding in a bright red dress.
  • Crying at Your Birthday Party: "The Moment I Knew" is about the time her then-boyfriend didn't show up to her birthday party, leading to her crying in the bathroom. The same scene is also captured in the 10-minute version of "All Too Well".
  • Cue the Sun: Implied by one of the last lines of "Everything Has Changed," which is about the joy of starting a new relationship and getting a really good feeling about it.
    All I know is pouring rain,
    and everything has changed.
  • Dance of Romance: Taylor and her ex-boyfriend share one in the music video for "I Bet You Think About Me." It's an Imagine Spot; he's getting married to somebody else. Interestingly, he's the one imagining it.
  • Darker and Edgier: It's hard to believe in the wake of reputation, but Red was considered to be this at the time of its release. Its focus on Break-Up Songs and tragic endings may have contributed to this impression.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: The singer of "Stay, Stay, Stay" mentions throwing her phone at her boyfriend during an argument. This is played as cute and funny, with the next verse recalling that the boyfriend made a joke about it, putting on a football helmet to finish the argument.
  • Driving Song: "Red," "All Too Well," and "Treacherous" all use driving as a metaphor for freedom and passion.
    Loving him is like driving a new Maserati
    Down a dead-end street
    Faster than the wind, passionate as sin
    Ending so suddenly
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Most of the album is about heartache and past relationships, but the final track, "Begin Again," shows the narrator finally moving on from a bad relationship, and feeling hopeful about a new one.
    I've been spending the last eight months
    thinking all love ever does
    is break and burn and end
    But on a Wednesday
    in a cafe
    I watched it begin again.
  • Easter Egg: Like her previous albums, Red's liner notes are in all lowercase—with ostensibly random letters capitalized. These letters spell out secret messages, such as "Hyannisport" in "Everything Has Changed".
  • End of an Age: Red effectively served as the coda to the country phase of Taylor Swift's career, with only two of the seven singles ("Red" and "Begin Again") even being released to country radio. Fittingly, the last song, "Begin Again," has the most overtly country sound, being a primarily acoustic ballad with prominent mandolin and steel guitar.
  • Face on the Cover: Swift appears with her face half shrouded in shadow by a wide-brimmed hat, her bright red lips emerging below.
  • Fight Fur Your Right to Party: Swift's apartment is inexplicably invaded by a cadre of people dressed as woodland creatures in the video for "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
  • Flat "What": In "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together":
    When you said you needed space (What?)
  • Flipping the Bird: Among Taylor's antics in the video for "I Bet You Think About Me" is teaching a group of little girls how to do this, and flipping one right at her ex-boyfriend.
  • The Four Chords of Pop: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" uses IV-I-V-vi.
  • Genre-Busting: The album is notoriously difficult to classify: it's neither straight country nor straight pop, and it incorporates elements of Arena Rock, bubblegum, Britpop, and dubstep on various tracks.
  • Gloomy Gray: In "Red", the loneliness and depression of missing is dark gray.
  • Growing Up Sucks: "Nothing New" has the narrators admitting they've lost some of their confidence with age, and they fear that getting older will cause their audience to abandon them for the inevitable younger, newer, shinier girl who comes along to replace them.
    I wake up in the middle of the night,
    and I can feel time moving.
    How can a person know everything at eighteen,
    and nothing at twenty-two?
    And will you still want me
    when I'm nothing new?
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Taylor in the music video for "I Bet You Think About Me," crashing her ex's wedding, destroying the cake, roasting him in front of everyone, teaching a group of little girls how to flip the bird, and overall making the event a tribute to her own heartbreak. All Played for Laughs, both due to how over-the-top her antics are, and because of the final reveal that none of it is really happening.
  • Imagine Spot: The entire music video for "I Bet You Think About Me" is this for the ex, who's about to marry someone else. He imagines Taylor crashing the wedding and wrecking it, before she changes into a wedding gown and dances with him.
  • Intercourse with You:
    • "Treacherous," which was her sexiest song until "Dress" came along.
      I'll do anything you say
      if you say it with your hands
    • "State of Grace":
      We are alone, just you and me
      Up in your room and our slates are clean
      Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Played with in the Break-Up Song "All Too Well."
    Maybe we got lost in translation, maybe I asked for too much
    But maybe this thing was a masterpiece 'til you tore it all up
  • The Last Title: "The Last Time."
  • Let's Duet:
    • "The Last Time" is a duet between her and Gary Lightbody.
    • "Everything Has Changed" is one between her and Ed Sheeran.
  • Living Emotional Crutch: The narrator of "Forever Winter" has a close friend who's heavily implied to be suicidal, and the chorus has her essentially offering to be a crutch for him; "I'll be summer sun for you forever" if it'll keep him alive. The next line, "Forever winter if you go" implies he's also this to her, to some extent.
  • Love Is Like Religion:
    • In the opening track, "State of Grace", she compares the short time she spent with her lover to a state of grace, though she admits in the bridge that "you were never a saint."
    • The similar "Holy Ground":
      And darling, it was good
      Never looking down
      And right there where we stood
      Was holy ground
  • Love Nostalgia Song:
    • "Red":
      Remembering him comes in flashbacks and echoes
      Tell myself it's time now, gotta let go
      But moving on from him is impossible
      When I still see it all in my head
      In burning red
    • In "Holy Ground," the singer looks back at an old relationship that ended sadly but was good while it lasted.
      I guess we fell apart in the usual way
      And the story's got dust on every page
      But sometimes I wonder how you think about it now
      And I see your face in every crowd
    • "The Very First Night" is about the narrator wishing she could go back to the titular "very first night" that she and her former love interest met.
  • Love Hurts: This trope is a staple of Taylor's discography, but Red is basically Love Hurts: The Album. But it's played with, as there are also tracks describing how love can be wonderful, exhilarating, and life-changing (for better or worse).
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "Forever Winter" is an up-beat and fast tempo pop track accompanied by bright horn... overlayed with lyrics about the narrator discovering her subject has prolonged depression and begging desperately for them not to "go", even go so far as offering to be their Living Emotional Crutch. The song is also widely speculated to be inspired by one of Taylor's friend's death by overdose.
  • Massive Numbered Siblings: The narrator of "Starlight" fancifully suggests she and her boyfriend could have ten children together (possibly a nod to the Inspired by… element of the song, Bobby and Ethel Kennedy, who had 11 children).
  • The Mistress: Defied in "Girl at Home," where the narrator rejects a guy specifically because he already has a girlfriend. She then gives him a "The Reason You Suck" Speech, telling him that, even though she doesn't know his girlfriend, she still would never put another woman through that, having been cheated on herself, and that she finds his behavior gross and deciedly unattractive.
  • Mood Whiplash: The heartbreaking, slow-building Love Nostalgia Song "All Too Well," noted for its complex lyrics and emotional intensity, is immediately followed by the fun, poppy, upbeat party song "22." It's almost like she's saying, "Right, well, that got really sad, sorry about that!" and is trying to lighten the mood.
  • New Sound Album: Red shifts from the intricate nouveau-country of Speak Now to a peculiar blend of pop, rock, and country.
  • Obsession Song: "Treacherous" veers into this in its bridge:
    Two headlights shine through the sleepless night
    And I will get you, get you alone
    Your name has echoed through my mind
    And I just think you should, think you should know
    That nothing safe is worth the drive
    And I will follow you, follow you home
  • Ode to Youth:
    • "22," an upbeat dance number about making the most of youth.
      We're happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time
      It's miserable and magical, oh, yeah ...
      I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22 ...
      Everything will be alright if we just keep dancing like we're
      22, 22
    • While predominantly a love song, "Starlight" has a similar theme.
      We were 17 and crazy, running wild, wild
    • "Nothing New" is a dark twist, with the narrators all too aware that they're not getting any younger, and that this could easily cause them to lose the adoration and attention of the public, who will move on the next young newcomer.
      I know someday I'm gonna meet her, it's a fever dream
      The kind of radiance you only have at seventeen
      She'll know the way, and then she'll say she got the map from me
      I'll say I'm happy for her, then I'll cry myself to sleep
  • The One That Got Away: Inevitably comes up, being an album so strongly about love affairs that didn't work out.
    • In "Red," the narrator finds moving on from her ex impossible and still misses him very deeply.
    • The narrator of "I Almost Do" admits she still wants to get back together with her ex, but knows it's a bad idea, so she doesn't respond to his attempts at contact.
    • "Come Back...Be Here" is about the narrator's wish that her ex would do just that.
    • In "Babe," the narrator says she didn't want to be the one that got away for her boyfriend, but he blew it when he cheated on her.
    • "I Bet You Think About Me" has the narrator teasing her ex and saying she'll always be this for him. The music video takes it further, showing him still daydreaming about her on his wedding day to another woman.
    • Deconstructed in "Better Man". The narrator sometime wishes she is still with the man... but just an idealized version of him, as her real former lover was ultimately disappointing and hurtful.
  • One-Word Title: Just Red.
  • Please, Don't Leave Me: The bridge of "Forever Winter" has the narrator asking her depressed friend not to "go."
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together":
    When you...said What."
  • Rearrange the Song: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"—the pop version made the album, while the country version was a radio-only release.
    • "Girl at Home" is radically different between the original deluxe version of Red and the re-release; being an underproduced country pop demo in the former and a brashy electropop number in the latter. Word of God is that Taylor was rushed by her then-label into adding more country songs to the album that the song wasn't even finished; the re-release was how she wanted it to sound from the very beginning.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: "Girl at Home" is one directed at a man trying to cheat on his girlfriend.
    Call a cab, lose my number
    You're about to lose your girl
    Call a cab, lose my number
    Let's consider this lesson learned
  • Relationship Revolving Door: "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was inspired by Taylor's relationship when she and her boyfriend broke up and reunited several times.
    I say, "I hate you," we break up, you call me, "I love you"
  • Rock Star Song: "The Lucky One" is about either a singer or an actress. It follows her as she moves to Los Angeles and rises to fame and fortune, only to discover that Celebrity Is Overrated.
    Now, it’s big black cars and Riviera views
    And your lover in the foyer doesn’t even know you
    And your secrets end up splashed on the news front page
  • Sarcasm Mode: All over the place in "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together."
    I'm really gonna miss you picking fights
    And me, falling for it, screaming that I'm right
    And you would hide away and find your peace of mind
    With some indie record that's much cooler than mine.
  • Second-Person Narration: Most of "The Lucky One" is sung by Taylor to the unnamed woman the song is about. In the final verse it switches to first person.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • During the "cool kids" verse in "22", you can clearly hear the voice of someone saying, "Who's Taylor Swift anyway? Ew!"
    • Used more to highlight her ex's disrespect, but still played for laughs in "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together":
      And you would hide away and find your peace of mind
      With some indie record that's much cooler than mine
  • Self-Referential Track Placement: Track #13 is titled "The Lucky One," in reference to the 13 Is Unlucky trope. (13 is Swift's personal lucky number, and the track explores the idea of luck and who's really lucky in the end.)
  • Shout-Out: It has been suggested that the album's one-word color title was an homage to Joni Mitchell's most popular album, Blue (Joni Mitchell Album). (Swift has stated her admiration for Mitchell on multiple occasions.)
  • Silly Love Songs: While this album is most famous for its breakup songs, it does have a couple of these.
    • "State of Grace" opens the album by reflecting on the most positive aspects of a relationship that will eventually end (and she will have plenty of less positive things to say about in the rest of the album).
    • "Treacherous" is a song about a "treacherous" love that once thrilled the narrator.
    • "Everything Has Changed" is a purely happy and optimistic song about meeting someone for the first time and feeling a special connection.
      Dust off your highest hopes.
    • "Starlight" is about two young lovers who meet on the boardwalk and have a carefree whirlwind romance together.
      Ooh, ooh, we could get married
      Have ten kids, and teach 'em how to dream
    • "Begin Again" is about the narrator's first date after a bad break up and how the new guy is starting to help her heal and believe in love again.
    • "Message in a Bottle" is a song about having a crush and hoping that they will feel the same way.
    • "Run" has Swift and Ed Sheeran singing about leaving town to get away from their judgmental friends and just be alone together.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: The unnamed starlet in "The Lucky One" eventually grows disillusioned with Hollywood, and decides to buy up some land and avoid the spotlight for the rest of her life.
  • Song of Many Emotions:
    • "Red" describes her many feelings as colors: red for love, dark grey for loneliness, blue for loss.
    • "22," while it's mostly a feel-good song in itself, mentions reveling in mixed emotions:
      We're happy, free, confused and lonely in the best way
      It's miserable and magical, oh yeah
  • Splash of Color:
    • Taylor's sartorial aesthetic in this era was largely blacks, whites, beiges, and, of course, a splash of red.
    • The music video for "I Bet You Think About Me" is set at a wedding, where everyone is wearing white, except the groom, who's wearing black, and his ex-girlfriend, who wears dark red. The inside of the cake and the flowers are also red, and as the video goes on, she turns everything red in her wake, symbolizing the passion and excitement that he lost along with her.
  • Stood Up: "The Moment I Knew" is about the narrator being stood up by her boyfriend at her own birthday party. This Kick the Dog moment is what makes her realize the relationship is functionally over.
  • Studio Chatter: At the end of "Stay Stay Stay", she can be heard laughing and exclaiming "It's so fun!". "Everything Has Changed" starts with guest singer Ed Sheeran asking "you good to go?". Red (Taylor's Version) goes so far as to replicate those bits of banter.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: "Forever Winter" is about the narrator's concern for a friend who's suffering from depression, and is heavily implied to be suicidal, and her pleas for him to hang on. The bridge gets even more explicit with this theme:
    If I was standin' there in your apartment
    I'd take that bomb in your head and disarm it
    I'd say I love you, even at your darkest
    And please don't go
  • Title Drop: "State of Grace" is the only song on the album not named after its hook, with the title appearing not in the chorus, but in the bridge:
    This is a state of grace
    This is the worthwhile fight
  • Title Track: The second song is called "Red."
  • Uptown Girl: Gender-flipped and deconstructed in "I Bet You Think About Me." The narrator's ex is Old Money; she grew up on a farm. She never fit in with his friends and family, and as their relationship fell apart, the differences in income and background made her feel like crap. Still, she asserts that he'll regret dumping her, since she was exciting and made him happy. The music video shows she's right, with the guy fantasizing about her showing up to ruin his wedding and sharing a dance with him.
  • Valley Girl: Parodies this inflection in "We are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
    Like, ever.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: In keeping with pattern, Red contains several of these moments.
    • "State of Grace":
      Up in your room and our slates are clean
      Just twin fire signs, four blue eyes
  • When He Smiles: Deconstructed in "I Knew You Were Trouble." The intro for the music video mentions that the bad boy love interest looks like an angel when he smiles, but he's still a devil deep down.
  • You Are Not Alone: The ending of "Forever Winter":
    He says he doesn't believe anything much he hears these days
    I say, "Believe in one thing, I won't go away"
  • You're Cute When You're Angry: One of the reasons she loves her boyfriend in "Stay Stay Stay":
    You think that it's funny when I'm mad, mad, mad


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Loving Him Was Red

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