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Taylor Swift opens up about 'Speak Now'

Taylor Swift has been very open about the fact that her new album "Speak Now" is quite confessional, and now she's opening up to Rolling Stone about the back stories behind some of the songs. "Innocent," written after the VMA incident with Kanye West, for example, didn't come to Swift quickly. "Some songs take 30 minutes to write, and some take six months, which was the case with 'Innocent.' Wh
Taylor Swift performs on the TODAY show on Tuesday in New York.
Taylor Swift performs on the TODAY show on Tuesday in New York.Brendan McDermid/Reuters file

Taylor Swift has been very open about the fact that her new album "Speak Now" is quite confessional, and now she's opening up to Rolling Stone about the back stories behind some of the songs. "Innocent," written after the VMA incident with Kanye West, for example, didn't come to Swift quickly. "Some songs take 30 minutes to write, and some take six months, which was the case with 'Innocent.' When things affect me intensely and really hit me hard, it can take a while to figure out what I think about it and what to say about it." As for rumors that she and Kanye reconciled backstage at this year's VMAs, Swift just said, "It's a long story." As for "Mean," Swift told Rolling Stone that it's about one of her critics, "a writer who kept going off on me, blasting me," she said. "There's a place for constructive criticism, but then there's a line that gets crossed. Every time I'd read something new, it would just level me, and my only way of handling it was to write a song about it." Related:Taylor Swift's life and career slideshow

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