"I Knew You Were Trouble" (CD Single)

Music review by
Stephanie Bruzzese, Common Sense Media
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Love is painful in clean yet emotional track.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

A positive message about owning up to a bad choice you've made, even when you knew better to begin with.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The track is about taking personal responsibility for an action instead of looking to place blame elsewhere.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "I Knew You Were Trouble" is one of Taylor Swift's less sunny tunes, with all of the lyrics focused on feeling terrible about being dumped by a notorious lady-killer. While the track lacks profanity and graphic adult content, lines like "I'm lying on the cold hard ground" and "I'm drowning" reveal the painful side of breakups.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
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Adult Written byMusic/Movies March 5, 2013

Clean track, mature theme

Taylor's song is very clean with a message about taking blame for your mistake. The track has no sex, violence or language in it. It is a little mature bec... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 15, 2016


Swift sort of says here, this guy is trouble, and i knew that, so she let's her emotions out, saying how this guy made her feel, how he hurt her, and that... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old January 1, 2014

I knew you were trouble (IKYWT)

Though I am a huge "swiftie" This song isn't very appropiate for kids. Its about Taylor going for "the bad guy" and she had the feeling... Continue reading

What's the story?

"I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE" is a track from the fourth full-length album, Red, by country superstar Taylor Swift. Once again, Swift sings about romantic rejection, belting out some of her strongest lines yet about a rogue ladies' man she decides to date against her better judgment.

Is it any good?

More pop-flavored than some of the country singles ("Red") from this album, "I Knew You Were Trouble" has a rapid-fire hook that quickly gets under your skin. And Swift's stronger-than-usual vocals demonstrate again that she's at her best when she's fired up.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about breakups. What can you do when you're feeling down after a romantic disappointment? Who can you talk to about your feelings?

  • Have you ever liked someone you knew wasn't good for you? What did you do about it? Did you learn any lessons from the experience?

  • Why do you think Taylor Swift is so focused on relationships? What else could she sing about?

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