I listen to a lot of music.  As much as I love melodies, harmonies and rhythm (as a former dancer, that’s a whole lot), when I listen to music, I listen to the words.  Frequently, it happens that I’ll be listening to music and pacing around wherever I am and I’ll come across a song that I wish I’d written.  That song tends to then go on repeat for the next few weeks or months.  Recently, I’ve been listening to SHeDAISY (a long-time favorite), Michelle Branch (another long-time favorite) and Taylor Swift a lot.  Some songs I just relate to incredibly, and some get me green with writers’ envy.  The song I currently wish I wrote is called ‘Mine’ by Taylor Swift.

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“Oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh

You were in college, working part-time, waiting tables

Left a small town and never looked back

I was a flight risk, afraid of fallin’

Wondering why we bother with love, if it never lasts

I say, “Can you believe it?”

As we’re lyin’ on the couch

The moment, I can see it

Yes, yes, I can see it now

Do you remember, we were sittin’ there, by the water?

You put your arm around me for the fist time

You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter

You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Flash forward, and we’re takin’ on the world together

And there’s a drawer of my things at your place

You learn my secrets and figure out why I’m guarded

You say we’ll never make my parents’ mistakes

But we got bills to pay

We got nothin’ figured out

When it was hard to take

Yes, yes

This is what I thought about:

Do you remember, we were sittin’ there, by the water?

You put your arm around me for the fist time

You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter

You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Do you remember all the city lights on the water?

You saw me start to believe for the first time

You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter

You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Oh, oh, oh, oh

And I remember that fight, two-thirty AM

You said everything was slipping right out of our hands

I ran out, crying, and you followed me out into the street

Braced myself for the goodbye, cause that’s all I’ve ever known

Then, you took me by surprise

You said, “I’ll never leave you alone.”

You said, “I remember how we felt, sitting by the water.

And every time I look at you, it’s like the first time.

I fell in love with a careless man’s careful daughter.

She is the best thing that’s ever been mine.”

You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter

You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Do you believe it?

We’re gonna make it now

And I can see it

I can see it now”

So, on that note, I’m going to go back to procrastinating.

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