updated 11/08/2012 AT 2:40 PM ET
•originally published 11/09/2012 AT 8:00 AM ET
Taylor Swift’s new album may be a red-hot success, but its songs reflect plenty of heartache and sorrow.
In fact, the singer says Red’s title track is about “this relationship that I had that was, like, the worst thing ever and the best thing ever at the same time.”
“I was writing this song and I was thinking about correlating the colors to the different feelings I went through,” she reveals during a performance at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, Calif., for an episode of VH1 Storytellers. (Watch a clip below!)
And red turns out to be one complicated color.