Taylor Swift is well-known (and well-loved) for writing autobiographical hits and pouring her heart into her music. Over the years, she’s written numerous songs about her personal experiences, relationships, and flings.
Here are two potential Taylor Swift songs about Cory Monteith.
“Mine” by Taylor Swift
Song Year: 2010
“Mine,” from Swift’s iconic album Speak Now, is an upbeat love song about Swift’s tendency to want to leave a relationship thinking love is hopeless, then discovering that you can make love work.
This is especially depicted towards the end of the song, where she illustrates fighting with her partner and running away, expecting that to be the end of it.
However, in the story, the partner runs out after her, embraces her, and tells her that he’ll never leave. He’s in it for the long haul.
To be clear, Swift and Monteith never had that type of relationship, and Monteith stated on a talk show that they were just friends.
However, Swift has a wonderful imagination, and they both made remarks that suggested they might’ve tried having a relationship if it weren’t for the time demands of their life. Plus, Swift had recently ended a previous relationship (with John Mayer), so she wasn’t ready for a new one.
The reason people think “Mine” is about the late Cory Monteith, who was a star on the hit show Glee, is for the following reasons:
- The track was released a few months after they met.
- Swift stated that it was about her tendency to run from a good love opportunity, which she might’ve been doing with Cory.
- Cory’s mom shared on the Instagram page she runs for Cory a photo of Taylor and Cory together, with “Mine” playing in the background. If there wasn’t anything there, why would she share that, and why would she choose the song “Mine”?
- Some fans say that because Swift wrote the song about a guy she briefly dated and used her imagination to depict what that relationship could’ve been, Cory could fit the bill.
All in all, she began hanging out with Cory after her relationship with John Mayer ended, so it makes sense that she wasn’t ready for a new one.
However, that doesn’t mean she didn’t see how much of a wonderful person he was or didn’t imagine what it might’ve been like if she had the time and emotional capacity to start a new relationship.
It’s easy to believe that her friendship or (speculated) short fling with Cory might’ve made her feel like believing in love again.
“Begin Again” by Taylor Swift
Song Year: 2012
In the album Red, Swift chronicles the stages of love, heartbreak, and moving on. The time she met Cory Monteith was after one of those heartbreaks with John Mayer and before she eventually started dating Jake Gyllenhaal.
Given that, this is another song that fans speculate could’ve been inspired by meeting Cory Monteith, in that he might’ve helped her see how you can find love again amid a heartbreak.
Even if she didn’t fall in love with him, just having a crush or a fling with him could’ve made her feel open to love again, which is what “Begin Again” is all about.
It resonates with those who have experienced the pain of a failed relationship but found hope in starting anew, especially from just meeting someone new and inspiring.
Furthermore, many of the qualities she describes in this date also describe how people perceived Monteith. Laughing like a kid and thinking she’s funny.
The man Swift depicts in the story behind “Begin Again” also loves music and movies, with lyrics describing how many James Taylor records they both have and how he loves watching movies with his family.
This can be seen as a reference to Cory Monteith, an excellent singer who presumably loved music and movies as he was the star of Glee, a show about performing musicals in a high school.
Taylor Swift hasn’t said that “Begin Again” or “Mine” are about Cory Monteith or anyone else. However, she’s known for never confirming or denying any fan speculations about any songs, no matter how clear or obvious the connection is.
Part of the fun of being a Taylor Swift fan, or a “Swiftie,” is figuring out which songs relate to which aspects, partners, and moments in her life. She is a “Mastermind” when it comes to leaving easter eggs for her fans to figure out and discuss.
Best Taylor Swift Songs About Cory Monteith, Final Thoughts
The two potential Taylor Swift songs about Cory Monteith are “Mine” and “Begin Again,” although neither of them is directly confirmed.
Either way, Cory Monteith was a wonderful artist and seemed to be a wonderful man based on those who knew him and had spoken highly about him.
So, it’s easy to imagine how songs about believing in love because of a good man could be about Cory.