There has been widespread speculation in the media that “Back To December,” the second single of Taylor Swift’s triple platinum Speak Now album, is about her failed relationship with Twilight hunk Taylor Lautner. Regardless of that rumor’s veracity, it’s pretty clear from both the song and the new video — directed by Yoann Lemoine, who also shot Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” — that Taylor is super bummed about something.
The song, which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 100, is almost certainly the most maudlin of Swift’s young career, and the video does everything it can to match that sensibility. It begins with a chisel-cheeked young man wandering around the desolate, snow covered grounds of his high school in a depressed state; he sits on the bleachers with his head in his hands and mournfully kicks at the snow. He’s so depressed, in fact, that he forgets to wear a hat. That’s a surefire way to catch a cold, mister!