Sad Beautiful Tragic

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"Sad Beautiful Tragic"
Song by Taylor Swift from the album Red
Released October 22, 2012 (2012-10-22)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011; Blackbird Studios (Nashville, Tennessee)
Genre Country, country folk
Length 4:44
Label Big Machine
Writer Taylor Swift
Producer Nathan Chapman, Swift

"Sad Beautiful Tragic" is a song by American country singer Taylor Swift, the twelfth track on her fourth studio album Red (2012). It was written by Swift, and production of the song was handled by Swift and Nathan Chapman.

Background and content[edit]

"Sad Beautiful Tragic" is a song written and sung by Taylor Swift for her fourth studio album. Swift spoke of the song, saying that it was "reflecting on something that was lost"[1] It is a country song, with strong country folk influence. Swift and Chapman used the original demo because of the rawness the track had when they first recorded it. The song is led by acoustic guitar, and also has electric guitar, ukulele, bass, and keyboards in it. It is in the key of G major, and Swift's vocals span from E3 to D4.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

The song received generally positive reviews. Billboard Magazine compared it Swift's to 2010 song, "Last Kiss", praising the somber tone of the song.[3] Taste of Country praised the lyricism displayed in the song, saying that Swift sings with a "newfound sense of patience and maturity."[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Upon the release of Red, the song peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and at number 92 on the Canadian Hot 100.


Chart (2012) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 92
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 37


  1. ^ "Taylor Swift - 'RED' Track By Track". Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sad Beautiful Tragic". Retrieved 28 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Taylor Swift, 'Red': Track-By-Track Review". Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Taylor Swift, ‘Red’ – Album Review". Retrieved April 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Taylor Swift.
  6. ^ "Taylor Swift Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Taylor Swift.