Taylor Swift explains the story behind "The Story of Us" on her official website:
"The "Story of Us" is a song that I wrote about an awkward situation where, well… Let me just preface by saying that I have happened to run into exes in strange places lately. This is about one of those situations where the strange place that I ran into him was an awards show.
I was seated a couple of seats away from him and there was so much that needed to be said, and neither one of us was willing to say it. .