Artist: Taylor Swift
Album: Speak Now
Released: November 15, 2010
Genre: Country Pop
Label: Big Machine
SongWriter(s): Taylor Swift
Producer: Nathan Chapman, Taylor Swift
"Back to December" is a country pop song with a length of four minutes and 55 seconds. Bill Lamb from About.com commented that "'Back To December' musically has a bit more of a rock feel than the previously released songs" and Stephen M. Deusner from The 9513 called the song "an elegant ballad full of orchestral swells, solemn guitars, and pleading lyrics". It is set in common time and has a ballad tempo of 72 beats per minute. It is written in the key of D major, and Swift's vocals span more than one octave, from the note of F♯3 to A4. It follows the chord progression of D–Bm7–G-D. Randy Lewis from Los Angeles Times commented that "Back to December" is one of two songs where Swift has first incorporated an orchestra on record (the other being "Haunted").
The song's narrative is in first person, and depicts Swift apologizing to a young man whose heart she broke. Lyrically, it is about somebody who was incredible and perfect to her in a relationship. However, she was really careless with him, hence the break-up. Therefore, the lyrics are the words that she would say to him that he deserves to hear. Mandi Bierly from Entertainment Weekly describes the song as "a melancholy mea culpa with the kind of driving chorus and age-appropriate yet universal honesty", adding that "in the tune [...] she says she’s sorry for the last time he saw her ('You gave me roses, and I left them there to die') and that she wishes she realized what she had ('I’d go back to December, turn around, and change my own mind/I go back to December all the time').
Leah Greenblatt from Entertainment Weekly ranked these couplets from the song; ("Your guard is up and I know why, because the last time you saw me is still burned in the back of your mind / You gave me roses and I left them there to die"), at number two out of ten best couplets from Speak Now sheet.
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