Swift All Too Well

Swift All Too Well

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  • He kept the scarf...
  • "All Too Well" by Taylor Swift
  • At the beginning of the song, Swift takes us back to the past with a flashback of herself when she visited her former partner's home. However, she is seen here thinking about a scarf. Swift states, "Left my scarf there at your sister's house / And you still got it in your drawer even now" (3-4).
  • Tone: nostalgic and bitter.
  • Swift references a moment in which her ex-boyfriend and herself are in a car, "On that little town street / You almost ran the red 'cause you were looking over at me" (13-14). 
  • Theme: your past actions may haunt you.
  • In the second chorus, Swift has a flashback to, "'Cause there we are again / In the middle of the night / We dance around the kitchen in the refrigerator light" (24-25). The flashbacks in the song, including this one, begin to lead up to the moment where Swift's boyfriend breaks up with her.
  • Mood: reminiscent.
  • This scene describes the bridge of the song in which Swift sings, "Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise / So casually cruel in the name of being honest" (30-31), where Swift describes her former partner breaking up with her. 
  • During the third verse, Swift implies a heavy loneliness as she adjusts to the absence of her ex-boyfriend, specifically in the lines, "After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own / Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone" (36-37).
  • This scene depicts Swift's former partner reminiscing about the past as well as his own actions in solemn retrospect as he keeps the scarf that she "left [at his] sister's house" (3). Swift explains, "But you keep my old scarf from that very first week / 'Cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me / You can't get rid of it, 'cause you remember it all too well, yeah" (38-40).  Swift refers to how the memories of them together are too raw and painful for even her ex-boyfriend, who broke her heart.
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