"Mine" (CD single)



An older, wiser (yet still clean) take on romance.
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Positive messages

Though the messages here are less rosy and more grown up than in her previous songs, the overall tone -- that a good relationship can withstand the tough times -- is a positive one.

Positive role models

Despite becoming one of the biggest young singing stars on the planet, Taylor Swift has maintained her sweet, upbeat, positive lifestyle.

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One suggestive line: "There's a drawer of my things at your place."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this single includes no profanity or direct references to adult themes like sex and substance use. That said, it's a more realistic take on romantic relationships than we've seen from Taylor Swift in the past, reflecting the star's own growing maturity. There's one suggestive line: "There's a drawer of my things at your place."

What's the story?

At long last, Taylor Swift fans can feast their ears on a new song, "MINE," from the uber-star's forthcoming second album, Speak Now. The tune finds Taylor once again talking about her favorite topic -- love -- only with a decidedly more mature, realistic perspective. The lyrics chronicle the progression of a new relationship from its first carefree days ("We were sitting there by the water / You put your arm around me for the first time") to years later, when the reality of things like paying the bills sets in. While optimism still wins out with Taylor in the end ("I ran out crying and you followed me out into the street / Braced myself for the goodbye ... and you took me by surprise, you said 'I'll never leave you alone'"), this is not the fairy-tale take on romance that we've seen in previous Swift songs. It's still OK for tweens, though parents should be aware that one line -- "There's a drawer of my things at your place" -- refer to a romantic sleep-over.

Is it any good?


From a musical standpoint, "Mine" is no earth-shattering feat of creativity from Taylor Swift. That said, it reveals the same rolling, carefree ease that have made past Swift songs so appealing, with another twangy pop-country hook that stays with you after the song's over. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the reality of romantic relationships: sometimes they're wonderful, sometimes they're challenging. How do you know the difference between a "normal" issue between two people, and one that reflects a fundamental problem?

  • What are five things two people in a relationship can do to keep the lines of communication open between them?

Music details

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:August 10, 2010
Label:Big Machine Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 14 years old Written byBoredAmbipom999 April 30, 2011

Great song! Taylor outdone herself again!

I love this song. It's a reminder of a good relationship. And Common Sense Parent, just because you hate Taylor Swift doesn't mean this song is inappropriate, this is perfectly fine. You say that Ke$ha has much more appropriate songs only because you like her alcohol-filled songs, Ke$ha is way worse than Taylor Swift. Stop saying something is inappropriate just because you don't happen to like it, even if there's nothing wrong! Don't say a song is appropriate just because you like the song, even though it's not appropriate at all!
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Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old March 20, 2015

This song is fine!

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old February 1, 2015

Great song!

All though there is one line that might worry parents(which I doubt) there is nothing to worry about.
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Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex


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