“Should’ve Said No” is the ninth track and the fifth and last single from Taylor’s 2006 self-titled debut album, Taylor Swift.
This song is about an ex-boyfriend who cheated on Taylor. Many of the lyrics are based on things she actually said to him when she confronted him about the other woman. Both “Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No” can be classified as revenge songs, but Taylor described “Should’ve Said No” as “more of a moral statement. It’s an ‘I love you, we were awesome and great together, but you messed this up and I would still be with you’ kinda thing. You said yes, and you should’ve said no.”
It’s strange to think the songs we used to sing
The smiles, the flowers, everything is gone
Yesterday I found out about you
Even now just looking at you: feels wrong
You say that you’d take it all back, given one chance
It was a moment of weakness and you said, “Yes”
Everyone knows that when you’re in a relationship with someone who you truly love, you don’t get involved with someone else. It’s a betrayal of the first person’s trust. It shatters bonds that are very hard – and in many cases, impossible – to put back together. In hindsight, cheating always seems foolish. The cheater always says that he or she didn’t mean to do what they did. If he or she could take it back, they would. The things that used to feel so right now feel so wrong. Nothing is the same anymore.
You should’ve said, “No”, you should’ve gone home
You should’ve thought twice ‘fore you let it all go
You should’ve know that word, ’bout what you did with her
Get back to me (get back to me)
And I should’ve been there, in the back of your mind
I shouldn’t be asking myself, “Why?”
You shouldn’t be begging for forgiveness at my feet
You should’ve said no, baby, and you might still have me
Relationships aren’t the only areas in life where we have moments of weakness and later regret what our responses or actions were. We’ve probably all had times when we said “yes” to someone or something, when we should have said “no.” We’ve all been tempted to do things that we know are wrong and not apart of God’s will. When we fall to these temptations, we often feel guilty afterwards from the sin we committed. We should not feel alone, however. Even Jesus the Christ was tempted when He was here on earth. But instead of saying “yes” to His temptations, He always said “no.” And He is willing and ready to help us overcome temptation too.
1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
In a moment of weakness, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Don’t stay; go home. Think twice before you act, and while you’re thinking, pray: Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. That way, you’ll never have to be begging for forgiveness, wishing you could go back and have a do-over.
I can’t resist
Before you go tell me this
Was it worth it?
Was she worth this?
No no, no, no! Doing the wrong thing is never worth it.
Read the full lyrics on Genius. Listen to the song below: