Taylor Swift at ACM Awards 2020: Betty lyrics and meaning behind the song

TAYLOR Swift made her a triumphant return to the stage at the Academy of Country Music Awards 2020.

The superstar singer sang Betty, from her Folklore album, and of course the song is packed full of lots of hidden meanings.

 

What is the meaning behind Taylor Swift's song Betty?

On Taylor's 2020 album Folklore, there are a collection of three songs that refer to a teenage love triangle.

These three love songs explore the love triangle from all three people's perspectives at different times in their lives.

The first two songs in the trio are Cardigan and August.

Betty is the third song to complete the triangle, and the lyrics are from the perspective of James – a 17-year-old boy who cheated on the title character Betty with another girl.

In the song we learn how this blows up when ensues the teenagers all return to school.

James tries to apologise to Betty by using his immaturity as an excuse for his behaviour towards her, and for cheating.

Taylor went into more detail about the track on Country Radio, and said: "James has lost the love of his life basically and doesn’t understand how to get it back.

"I think we all have these situations in our lives where we learn to really, really give a heartfelt apology for the first time.

"Everybody makes mistakes, everybody really messes up sometimes, and this is a song that I wrote from the perspective of a 17-year-old boy.

"I’ve always loved that in music you can kinda slip into different identities and you can sing from other people’s perspectives.

"So that’s what I did on this one. I named all the characters in this story after my friends' kids."

What are the lyrics to Taylor Swift's Betty?

[Verse 1]
Betty, I won't make assumptions
About why you switched your homeroom, but
I think it's 'cause of me
Betty, one time I was riding on my skateboard
When I passed your house
It's like I couldn't breathe

[Pre-Chorus]
You heard the rumors from Inez
You can't believe a word she says
Most times, but this time it was true
The worst thing that I ever did
Was what I did to you

[Chorus]
But if I just showed up at your party
Would you have me? Would you want me?
Would you tell me to go fuck myself
Or lead me to the garden?
In the garden, would you trust me
If I told you it was just a summer thing?
I'm only seventeen, I don't know anything
But I know I miss you

[Verse 2]
Betty, I know where it all went wrong
Your favorite song was playing
From the far side of the gym
I was nowhere to be found
I hate the crowds, you know that
Plus, I saw you dance with him

[Pre-Chorus]
You heard the rumors from Inez
You can't believe a word she says
Most times, but this time it was true
The worst thing that I ever did
Was what I did to you

[Chorus]
But if I just showed up at your party
Would you have me? Would you want me?
Would you tell me to go fuck myself
Or lead me to the garden?
In the garden, would you trust me
If I told you it was just a summer thing?
I'm only seventeen, I don't know anything
But I know I miss you

[Bridge]
I was walking home on broken cobblestones
Just thinking of you when she pulled up like
A figment of my worst intentions
She said "James, get in, let's drive"
Those days turned into nights
Slept next to her, but
I dreamt of you all summer long

[Verse 3]
Betty, I'm here on your doorstep
And I planned it out for weeks now
But it's finally sinkin' in
Betty, right now is the last time
I can dream about what happens when
You see my face again

[Pre-Chorus]
The only thing I wanna do
Is make it up to you
So I showed up at your party
Yeah, I showed up at your party

[Chorus]
Yeah, I showed up at your party
Will you have me? Will you love me?
Will you kiss me on the porch
In front of all your stupid friends?
If you kiss me, will it be just like I dreamed it?
Will it patch your broken wings?
I'm only seventeen, I don't know anything
But I know I miss you

[Outro]
Standing in your cardigan
Kissin' in my car again
Stopped at a streetlight
You know I miss you

You can watch the official video to Taylor Swift's Betty at the top of this article.

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