Taylor Swift – The Last Time Lyrics | Genius Lyrics
[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody]
And right before your eyes
I'm aching, run fast
Nowhere to hide
Just you and me


[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody]
This is the last time I'm asking you this
Put my name at the top of your list
This is the last time I'm asking you why
You break my heart in the blink of an eye (Eye, eye)

[Guitar Solo]

[Bridge: Taylor Swift and Gary Lightbody]
This is the last time you tell me I've got it wrong
This is the last time I say it's been you all along
This is the last time I let you in my door
This is the last time, I won't hurt you anymore
Oh-ho, oh-ho, oh-ho, oh-ho
Oh-ho, oh-ho, oh-ho, oh-ho


[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Gary Lightbody]
This is the last time I'm asking you this
Put my name at the top of your list
This is the last time I'm asking you why
You break my heart in the blink of an eye
[Outro: Taylor Swift, Gary Lightbody, Both]
This is the last time I'm asking you this
(This is the last time I'm asking you this)
Put my name at the top of your list
(Put my name at the top of your list)
This is the last time I'm asking you why
(This is the last time I'm asking you why)
You break my heart in the blink of an eye
(You break my heart)
This is the last time I'm asking you, last time I'm asking you
Last time I'm asking you this
This is the last time I'm asking you, last time I'm asking you
Last time I'm asking you this
This is the last time I'm asking you, last time I'm asking you
Last time I'm asking you this
This is the last time I'm asking you, last time I'm asking you
Last time I'm asking you this

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This is the album version of this song, for the VEVO version click here.

This song ties into the theme of what happens throughout a relationship similar to one in songs like “I Almost Do” or “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”. This relationship has been very on and off and as WANEGBT says in a funny, mocking way, this song sincerely and rawly states – this is the last time. Taylor has finally had enough of this relationship, the uncertainty, and the hurt.

In the hidden message of this track in the album cover Swift wrote: “LA on Break”. This seems to hint that this person may have broken up with her while he was in LA on his break. Perhaps in Hollywood on a break from acting. This may be pointing at Taylor’s ex, actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The pair broke up after he did not pitch to her birthday, as he was in LA to promote his movie Love and Other Drugs. This was detailed in her track “The Moment I Knew”.

This song also features Gary Lightbody from the band Snow Patrol.

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Taylor told NPR:

The idea was based on this experience I had with someone who was kind of this unreliable guy. You never know when he’s going to leave, you never know when he’s going to come back, but he always does come back. My visual for this song is, there’s a guy on his knees sitting on the ground outside of a door. And on the other side of the door is his girlfriend, who he keeps on leaving — and he keeps coming back to her, but then he leaves again. He’s saying, ‘This is the last time I’m going to do this to you.’ And she’s saying, ‘This is the last time I’m asking you this: Don’t do this again.’ And she’s wondering whether to let him in, and he just wants her to give him another chance, but she doesn’t know if he’s going to break her heart again. It’s a really fragile emotion you’re dealing with when you want to love someone, but you don’t know if it’s smart to.

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What has Gary Lightbody said about the song?
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According to Gary Lightbody in 2018:

It was so fast. She works really fast. She’s extraordinary. We actually did that song, wrote it and recorded it in a day. And that was the version of it on the record, which is very rare. Normally you write and record something with somebody and then down the line they’ll record it, if you’re lucky. With her, the whole thing was done in nine hours. I hope we can do it again sometime!

Credits
Orchestra Fixer
Eric Gorfain
Conducting
Owen Pallett
Orchestration
Owen Pallett
Programming
Jacknife Lee
Keyboards
Jacknife Lee
Production Coordinator
JoAnn Tominaga
Mixing Assistant
Matty Green
Recording Assistant
Chris Owens
Recorded At
The Garage (Topanga Cyn, CA) and The Village (Los Angeles, CA)
Release Date
October 22, 2012
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Rodgie

The air guitar was like “BOOM”

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SongBreakDown

This is The Last Time is about a guy continuously breaking up with Taylor, who then keeps coming back when she’s badly been hurt by him. The song is strongly linked to “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in the music video, the guy continuously comes to Taylor’s door, and Taylor rolls her eyes and tells him to go away. It’s a reference to Jake always coming back after he dumps her and her no longer taking his excuses.

Taylor sings in the song that she has a few wishes for the guy… One being for him to stop hurting her, and to prioritize her.

“This is the last time I’m asking you this” is her also saying this is the last time she’s giving Jake a chance cause she can’t stand being hurt anymore.

+17

The emotional and beautiful prequel to Exile

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elonmalone13

this song is underrated af, but on the other hand this whole album is underrated af!!!

+9

This song is so sad

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nelsius

this song is a bop

+5

why does this feel like more country version of “we don’t talk anymore”

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Rodj

This is probably the reason why we don’t have “Babe” in the album.