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"The Story of Us" (CD Single)



Ballad about post-relationship awkwardness; fine for tweens.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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

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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.

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.

Families can talk 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

Artist:Taylor Swift
Release date:October 25, 2010
Label:Big Machine Records
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Kid, 11 years old February 22, 2015


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 mature kids should handle it.
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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.
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 endophains rushing! Whats not to like?! I think this song is WAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYY better than Back To December! That song was so terrible I just wanted to lay down! The rythm of that song was so horrid,the fact that I had a fever when I first listened to that song,it made me feel MORE sick to my stomach! At least THIS song has a better rythm! The lyrics are also amazing!