White Horse Lyrics
Musician Taylor Swift is known for writing songs that describe life's significant moments—as demonstrated by the lyrics to "White Horse" off the album "Fearless." Released in November 2008, "Fearless" was Swift's second studio album and debuted at number one on several of Billboard's top lists.
"Fearless" later won Grammy Awards for Album of the Year and Best Country Album. "White Horse" wasn't initially slated to be included on "Fearless." But when producers of the ABC-TV show "Grey's Anatomy" expressed interest in using the song to underscore the show, Swift and her team accelerated plans for recording it. The lyrics of "White Horse," Swift says, tells the story of a breakup. Here are a few of the best "White Horse" lyrics, interspersed with observations provided by Swift about the song.
- "Say you're sorry/ that face of an angel/ comes out just when you need it to." This is the opening "White Horse" lyric, a song that Swift says chronicles "the most heart-breaking part of a break-up."
- "I'm not a princess, this ain't a fairy tale." This "White Horse" lyric strikes right at the theme of the song, which Swift says is about "that moment when you realize all the dreams you had, all the visions you had about being with this person, all that disappears."
- "I was a dreamer before you went and let me down / Now it's too late for you and your white horse / to come around." The song, Swift says in interviews, is also about what happens after recognizing the relationship is over. "Everything after that moment is moving on," she said. This "White Horse" lyric gives the origin and context to the song's name.
- "Baby I was naive/ got lost in your eyes / And never really had a chance / I had so many dreams about you and me." Still, the song ultimately comes down to "that initial moment of 'wow. It's over,'" Swift says in interviews. In this "White Horse" lyric, the dreams have finally ended.
- "Happy endings, now I know I'm not a princess/ this ain't a fairy tale / I'm not the one you'll sweep off her feet.'' The lyrics of "White Horse" were well received by reviewers. "Swift effectively uses the standard imagery of the prince on a white horse, and there’s just something about the fairy tale not coming true that makes it feel a little more country and a lot more relevant than 'Love Story,' " writes reviewer Kevin John Coyne on the web site Country Universe.