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"I Knew You Were Trouble" (CD Single)



Love is painful in clean yet emotional track.
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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

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

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:October 9, 2012
Label:Big Machine Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old December 15, 2012

Great Song

I think that "I Knew You Were Trouble" is a great song about how good looking boys are not always good and can be trouble. This songs message is to steer clear of those types of boys.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byRosebud95 November 22, 2012

Catchy, and pretty epic song ;)

And Taylor's voice sounds really good here :D
Teen, 13 years old Written byCommonSense101 December 19, 2012

I Knew You Were Trouble 101

Although a lot different from her usual songs, I Knew You Were Trouble is a great pop song that everyone can dance and sing along to. There are no suggestive lyrics in this song, though it does show the hard side of a breakup. Don't let kids watch the music video!! LOTS of kissing, but most of the scenes are like picture they're flying by so fast!
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