What Sugarland + Taylor Swift’s “Babe” Music Video Tells Us About Cheating

It sure has been an exciting time as Sugarland just released their come back album Bigger which includes their lead single “Babe” written by Taylor Swift circa 2012. Bigger is currently at #2 on iTunes Country Charts and #5 overall! The newly released music video for “Babe” is at #1 all genres!



“Babe” is still climbing the charts at #27 at Country Radio and the music video will surely give it an extra push! Swift wrote the treatment (concept) of the music video and Sugarland loved it! The video was shot last month on the set of the show Mad Men.

“She actually reached out to us and said, ‘I’ve got a great idea for the video,’ and she wrote the treatment. And we looked at it and said, ‘Oh my gosh, this is awesome.’ She loves this song. She loves our recording of it. She’s been such a champion of ours, not only for many, many years, but also where this project is concerned. She’s just super excited that we’re doing it.

In the video, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland plays the unsuspecting wife, who’s husband (Brandon Routh) has an affair with his co-worker (Taylor Swift). Kristian Bush of Sugarland, can be seeing in various roles throughout the video.


Yes, the video has been described as “steamy” and Swift’s character is sexy and flirty, but don’t let the glamour of the video, take away from its lyrics and point. This is a song about being cheated on and the emotional turmoil that takes on a person.


Nettles character seems strong and confident as she walks away from a marriage,


and Swift’s character shows the sadness and pain of being left. That is what cheating does to a person. It’s never clean and easy. It’s easy to get caught up on the music and production and how even though the song talks about something so devastating, the song is one you could play on repeat and not get tired of. But that doesn’t take away from the truth of the lyrics and the pain of the situation.


What a waste
Taking down the pictures and the plans we made, yeah
And it’s strange how your face doesn’t look so innocent
Your secret has its consequence and that’s on you, babe
I break down every time you call
We’re a wreck, you’re the wrecking ball
We said no one else, how could you do this, babe?
You really blew this, babe
We ain’t getting through this one, babe
This is the last time I’ll ever call you, babe
This is the last time, this is the last time
This is the last time

“Babe” was originally written for Swift’s album Red but it didn’t make the final tracklist. We do see similiar themes from the Red Era, and even the lyrics tie in with others on the album. She’s on the kitchen floor and holding a crumbled up piece of paper, remind anyone else of “All Too Well”?


There is real heartbreak and even though Swift is playing the character of the other woman, I think in these moment’s, she’s also playing herself and the emotions she went through when she was cheated on. Unable to move, function, or get off the couch. Your self-worth is questioned, you constantly have to worry about being cheated on again. It’s anguish and it isn’t pretty.
In the end, hopefully we can find the strength to walk away from that turmoil and find our self-worth, because we are worth more than someone who doesn’t cherish what we have to offer and takes that for granted.

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