“This Is Me Trying” by Taylor Swift

“This Is Me Trying” could be yet another relationship-based track which captures feelings of regret and an attempt to mend a broken relationship. It could also be centered on the singer’s career and reflections on her past decisions.

You can view the lyrics, alternate interprations and sheet music for Taylor Swift's This Is Me Trying at Lyrics.org.

As the song begins, the singer talks about having difficulty adapting to the change that has probably taken place in her relationship or career. Although she regrets leaving, she wonders if the person she left behind still cares about her. These lines could also be a reference to Taylor’s hiatus from music in 2016 where she tried to get away from all the noise about her in the media. She hints that negative speculations rife in the media triggered anxiety issues where she felt like giving up on her limelight lifestyle.

In the second verse, she recalls how much she was full of potential, admired for being ahead of her colleagues and later ironically being criticized for not being mature enough. She further suggests that although she is addressing her issues by being open about it or worse speaking to someone she shouldn’t be talking to, it’s better than resolving to alcohol.

The singer admits her mistakes in the subsequent verses and pleads to restore the relationship because at the end of the day, she still misses and cares about this person. She makes the other party aware that she is trying her best to be better and to repair their broken bond, thus should be given some credit.

“This Is Me Trying” is about admitting one’s flaws and mistakes while making real efforts to make things right.

“This Is Me Trying” Information

Writing and Production: Taylor and Jack Antonoff
Track’s Album: Taylor’s bestselling 2020 album entitled “Folklore”
Date of Release: 24th of July, 2020 (through Republic Records)

Was this a single?

No. Republic Records released only 3 singles to market Taylor’s “Folklore”. Said singles are listed below:

8 Responses

  1. Meow Swiftie13 says:

    I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This definitely sounds like an accurate definition.

  2. Jen says:

    Pouring out my heart to a stranger
    But I didn’t pour the whiskey – please explain if you know what this means?

    • Anonymous says:

      It sounds like she could be at a bar confiding in the bartender about all of her problems, but she didn’t have a drink. Taylor said in the Disney+ Folklore sessions that she really got thinking about the point of view of an addict for this song. Even though the addict is still struggling every day to remain sober, they are trying and that’s what matters.

    • Thea says:

      The song is about people who are fighting battles in silence, such as alcoholism or mental health issues. This line refers to how the narrator might have told a stranger about all their issues (which isn’t usually something fun/good to do), but at least they didn’t pour the whiskey. The narrator talked about their problems instead of drinking them away.

  3. Beth says:

    “It’s hard to be anywhere these days when all I want is you
    You’re a flashback in a film reel on the one screen in my town”
    Can someone explain to me this part? Because the question that keeps repeating in my mind is “Who is this person that she wants?” “Who is the flashback in a film reel […]?” She is talking about her boyfriend? her family? Some friend? Herself??

    • Anonymous says:

      maybe the person she’s referring to is the person she left behind. you know, she’s having flashbacks of their memories or the person itself

    • kei says:

      maybe the person she left behind. we don’t have a specific person. that’s just what i think. or maybe, it is herself, her old self.

  4. Seah says:

    Someone told me that this song resembles me. Idk why but I felt sad

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