"The Story of Us" (CD Single)

Music review by
Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Ballad about post-relationship awkwardness; fine for tweens.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Talks about the awkward encounters that happen between two people when a relationship ends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Be the bigger person, show maturity, and don't pull a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde when a relationship ends with someone.

Violence
Sex
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this single is about the awkward encounters that happen between two people after their relationship comes to an end, and is supposedly based on a true life encounter between Swift and her ex-beau Joe Jonas. There's no anger or vengeful feelings here; there's no inappropriate content. Because it is about a relationship, though, the song is best for tweens and up.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTimTheTVGuy December 5, 2012

Keep up the great work Taylor Swift!

One of the best songs ever.Great lyrics,awesome music,amazing rythm,ect.Taylor Swift is AWESOME.
Adult Written byAl Jackson April 25, 2012

Rock On Taylor!

Out of all of Taylors songs this is the best.The rythm and lyrics are great!
Kid, 11 years old February 22, 2015

Amazing!!!!

I lovve Taylor Swift she makes songs with meaning and makes great videos.In the story of us is a song about a relationship but there is absolute no heavy sex so... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBigbillyboy August 31, 2012

LOVE LOVE LOVE this song!!!

As a hardcore Taylor Swift fan,this is my FAVORITE Taylor Swift song! The Story of Us is so catchy,and I love the rock n roll music in the song! It gets my endo... Continue reading

What's the story?

THE STORY OF US is a big country-power-pop ballad about the uneasy, awkward encounters between two people after their relationship is over. It's an apparent true life account of such an encounter between Taylor Swift and her former JoBro beau, Joe Jonas. This single is one of several autobiographical tracks on Swifts third album, Speak Now.

Is it any good?

Taylor Swift has come into her own on Speak Now, showing her strength for songwriting, musicality, and getting the last word, having penned every song on this album single-handedly. "The Story of Us" is an upbeat, guitar-driven ballad with Swift in genuine confusion singing, "Now I'm standing alone in a crowded room and we're not speaking. And I'm dying to know is it killing you like it's killing me?... And the story of us looks a lot like a tragedy now." It's an easy favorite because it's relatable, catchy-pop, and of course, about Joe Jonas.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the fact that this song is about a real-life former boyfriend, Disney hottie Joe Jonas. Does that make you want to listen to this music more or less?

  • What do you think about the way that Taylor Swift's music is so

  • autobiographical and obvious in who she sings about? Is that fair? Does

  • it make her music more appealing?

  • This song has a more pop sound than most country songs. Do you think

  • it's okay for musicians to blend their styles into one or more genres?

  • Do you think it makes them more appealing? Do you like Swift's music

  • because it's country, pop, or because of the lyrics and the stories she

  • tells?

Music details

For kids who love country and pop

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