"Back to December" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Melancholy song about love, regret, and forgiveness.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 40 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Song about regret, remorse, and seeking forgiveness from a past love. "This is me swallowing my pride, standing in front of you saying I'm sorry for that night."


Positive Role Models & Representations

Song's about realizing mistakes, "swallowing pride," and 'fessing up when you've hurt someone who didn't deserve it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this song is rumored to be about a former flame of Ms. Swift, possibly Taylor Lautner (aka "Jacob") from the Twilight Saga. The two dated one December...hmmm. It's a sweet but melancholy song about love, regret, and forgiveness. Swift has said that the song is indeed about a past boyfriend that she feels deserves an apology. The song is free of sexual references and profanity. However, because the song is about a relationship and remorse, it's best for tweens and teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 15, 2012

A disgrace to Taylor Swift.

I love Taylor Swift,but this song sucks because it is really sad and slow.Sure it has no cuss words in it but don't make it slow! Also MusicCritic100 quit... Continue reading
Adult Written byhelenmirrenrox June 1, 2011


A nice love song. Some kids may not understand, but clean
Teen, 13 years old Written byteen1237948 December 3, 2017


I really like this song. Sometimes I listen to it when I'm sad.
Kid, 11 years old February 22, 2015

Amazing as usual

I love her music so I like this song.Just keep in mind the video shows Taylor in the bathtub but of course no nudity

What's the story?

BACK TO DECEMBER is the fourth single from Taylor Swift's third studio album, Speak Now. Unlike other singles from the album, this song lets Swift embrace her melancholy side; full of regret and remorse, she asks an ex for forgiveness. It's apparently her attempt to make amends for a real-life heartbreak. Like all the songs on Speak Now, this song is penned by the country sweetheart, and shows a vulnerable, pensive side that makes her even more endearing and relatable.

Is it any good?

Although many of Taylor Swift's songs are about teenage daydreams, this song is based on a real-life experience (per her own words) about breaking up and regret. After running into an old flame and realizing her mistake, Swift opines sadly, "This is me swallowing my pride, standing in front of you saying I'm sorry for that night." The lyrics are sweet, smart, and sorrowful, but it's a song that will resonate most with those who have had the experience of feeling heartbroken.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about regret and forgiveness. Have you ever hurt someone? How did you deal with it? Did you "swallow your pride" and ask that person to forgive you? Has someone ever hurt you? Did you forgive them?

  • This song is supposedly about a real former flame of Taylor Swift. Knowing that she has been linked to other teen celebrities and heartthrobs like Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner, does this make you want to buy the song more?

  • Taylor Swift has been very successful. What do you like about her music?

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