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For the lyrics see Picture to Burn (lyrics)

"Picture to Burn" is the title of a single co-written and recorded by American country pop artist Taylor Swift. Released in January 29, 2008[1] as the fourth single and the second track from Swift's self-titled debut album, it is also that album's fourth consecutive Top Ten hit, having reached a peak of #3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

The song is part of the tracklist for Now That's What I Call Country.

Content

The lyrics describe Taylor's dissatisfaction with her ex-boyfriend (whom she describes as "just another picture to burn"), and her plans to seek revenge on him.[2] Before performing this song, Swift says, "I always try to tell the audience that I really do try to be a nice person... but if you break my heart, hurt my feelings, or are really mean to me, I'm going to write a song about you. Haha. This song is the perfect example." The song is written in the key of G major, set in common time. The chord progression throughout the entire song except the bridge is G-Am-C-D.

Track listing

Promotional US CD Single

  1. "Picture to Burn" (Radio Edit) - 2:55
  2. "Picture to Burn" (Album Version) - 2:57
  3. "I'm Only Me When I'm with You" - 3:36

Hidden message

Hidden message: Date nice boys.

This song is about cheating, which makes this hidden message's message very easy to understand.

Music video

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Swift in the music video.

As in Swift's other videos for single releases, "Picture to Burn"'s music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy.[3] The music video starts off with Swift and a friend (played by her real life best friend Abigail Anderson)[4] looking at a picture of Swift and her ex-boyfriend, before sitting in their Ford Mustang and spying on him and his new girlfriend. Swift begins daydreaming about trashing her ex-boyfriend's house, then burns the picture. In an interview with CMT, Swift stated, "The storyline of the video is, if you break up with me, my band will ransack your house."[4] (The video uses the radio edit version of the song.)

Chart performance

Chart (2008–2009) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 3
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 28
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 49
Canadian Radio & Records Country Singles 1
Canadian Hot 100 48

Awards and nominations

“Picture to Burn” received three awards from three nominations.

Year Organization Award Result
2008 SESAC Nashville Music Awards Country Performance Activity Awards Won
2009 BMI Country Awards Publisher of the Year Won
Award Winning Songs Won

Appearances in other media

The song, along with Love Story and You Belong with Me, are featured in the video game Band Hero.

References

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