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"I Heart ?" (pronounced "I Heart Question Mark") is a song by Taylor Swift included as a digital bonus track on her first album, and later reappearing as the sixth track on her EP, Beautiful Eyes, a Walmart exclusive release.

Background

Swift originally wrote "I Heart ?" in 2003, when she was 13 years old,[1] 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 her first album.[2] A later recording of the song appeared as a digital download bonus track for Taylor Swift, when purchased at Best Buy during the album's first week of release.[3][4]

"I Heart ?" was later released as a promotional single on June 23, 2008, with the intent of keeping her fans tied over until the release of her second full-length album, Fearless. As a result, the single was not heavily promoted.[5]

Lyrically, the song is about a recent break up that Swift is not sure why it happened, and does not know who to love, which is why she has the "question mark."

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, 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

[Pre-Chorus]
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
Wish you could only see
I've got an "I heart question mark"
Written on the back of my hand

[Bridge]
And when you're home 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]
Wake up and smell the breakup
Realize that we won't make up
It didn't go the way you planned
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

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

Artwork

References

  1. "Headlines: Wal-Mart 'Eyes' New Taylor Swift Project." Great American Country, 15 July 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  2. "Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift (2004, CD)." Discogs, 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  3. "Taylor Swift - Taylor Swift (2006, CD)." Discogs, 2020. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  4. "Taylor Swift (Best Buy Exclusive)." Swift Discs, 9 August 2016. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
  5. "Promotional Single." Taylor Swift - Switzerland, 2014-2019. Retrieved 9 February 2020.
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