Here’s what Taylor said about “Sad Beautiful Tragic” before she premiered the new song at her show in St. Paul/Minneapolis.
“This is a song about, you know, how just because something is over doesn’t mean that it wasn’t incredibly beautiful. ‘Cause another lesson I’ve learned is that not all stories have a happy ending and you have to learn how to deal with that. And this is a song about a story that didn’t end so happily, but it was still supposed to happen. This is called ‘Sad, Beautiful, Tragic.’”