“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” by Taylor Swift

“We Are Never Getting Back Together”, the narrator and her partner appear to have split and mended their relationship several times. Here, she is tired of going back and forth and refuses to heed to his requests for them to start dating again.

Taylor recalls how shaky their relationship has been and how frustrated this guy has made her by breaking up with her, and later calling her to come back. She sarcastically describes how she is going to miss their fights and his demands to cool off by listening to songs other than hers.

The singer reminds herself how she thought they were going to last, then convinces herself that their relationship is no longer worth it. In essence, she is tired of his manipulative games and wants to quit forever. Since he doesn’t always take her seriously, she repeatedly emphasizes on never getting back together to prove how she means her words.


The addressee of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is believed to be an American actor in the person of Jake Gyllenhaal. Swift and Gyllenhaal split in 2011 following a long-running shaky romantic union.

Taylor Swift vs Jake Gyllenhaal

Taylor and Hollywood actor Jake Gyllenhaal were in a brief relationship back in late 2010. As the story goes it was Jake, to the dismay of Taylor, who called it off. And his issue was that the relationship was getting too much media attention for his liking, considering that at the time Swift had already established herself as an A-lister and all.

Well as is her modus operandi, Taylor then proceeded to drop about a track – or two or three – about the relationship. The main one that is recognized as being such is called “All Too Well” (2012). And it is not really a diss per se. Rather Taylor presents the situation as an ideal romance, i.e. she indeed being in love, that basically the addressee, her ex, spoils. And it has also been theorized that a couple of other tracks of Taylor Swift’s “Red” album are about Gyllenhaal. And whereas the title of one of them, “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together”, definitely sounds like a diss, it can be said conclusively that in analyzing the songs she is in fact heartbroken yet not necessarily interested in getting back with her ex.

But even after all of that, Gyllenhaal has remained infamously reluctant in terms of divulging information concerning his relationship with Swift, even when pressed by the media.

“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” Facts

Writing: Taylor in collaboration with Max Martin and Shellback
Production: Max and Shellback
Album: Swift’s 2012 country-pop album “Red”
Release: August of 2012

Was this a Taylor Swift single?

Yes. It was actually Red‘s lead single.

Achievements of “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”

This is actually one of Swift’s highest charting tracks. It topped the charts in New Zealand, America and Canada. In addition to this, it was also peaked in the top 10 section of in the official singles charts of the following places:

  • Australia (3)
  • Hungary (9)
  • Ireland (4)
  • Israel (2)
  • Japan (2)
  • Norway (6)
  • Spain (9)
  • United Kingdom (4)
  • Venezuela (6)

In 2013, Taylor received a Grammy Nomination in the “Record of the Year” category with this song. However, Gotye and Kimbra’s “Somebody That I Used to Know” eventually beat it win said Grammy.

Aside being a major critical success, it was also very commercially successful. For example, to date, this hit has sold over 7 million units, making it one of the world’s most successful singles ever dropped.

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