The Best Day

Fearless (2008) | Fearless (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“The Best Day” is a love letter Taylor wrote to her mother, Andrea Swift. It was a Christmas gift for her put into a video format with photos and videos from Taylor’s childhood. The song first appeared on her second studio album “Fearless” (2008). The re-recording of the song, “The Best Day (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on April 9, 2021 on the album “Fearless (Taylor’s Version).”

Taylor told CMT Radio the story of this song, which she wrote out on the road and kept as a secret from her mom until Christmas:

“In the first verse, I was talking about being five years old, so as a writer, it was really fun to go back to that place of the way that I used to talk when I was five. I wrote the song from that perspective, and I starting thinking, ‘What would I be thinking if I was five and I was remembering this?’ And it goes, ‘I’m five years old/It’s getting cold and I’ve got my big coat on.’ It had language like that — that makes me really think back to that time. I actually wrote that song without telling my mom and recorded it without telling my mom. Complete secret session. Then I got the track back and synced up all these home videos of me when I was a little kid and made this video and played it for my mom on Christmas and said, ‘Merry Christmas!’ She had no idea that it was me singing for the first half of the song. And then she just broke down crying when she realized I had done this whole thing to surprise her. It was a really cool moment.” — Taylor Swift

In an interview with Taste of Country, Taylor talked about how special her mom is to her:

“She would just take me on these adventures and we would drive around and go to towns we’d never seen before. Those adventures and those days of just running away from my problems — you’re not supposed to run away from your problems, but when you’re 13 and your friends won’t talk to you and they move when you sit down at the lunch table, and your mom lets you run from those problems, I think it’s a good thing…my mom was my escape in a lot of ways.” — Taylor Swift

Taylor had to drop the touching song from her “Fearless Tour” setlist as her mother burst into tears backstage every time she heard it. Andrea explained, “She had to drop it from the set because I kept breaking down.” However, when Taylor has a show on Mother’s Day she always performs “The Best Day”.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I’m five years old
It’s getting cold, I’ve got my big coat on
I hear your laugh and look up smiling at you
I run and run
Past the pumpkin patch and the tractor rides
Look now, the sky is gold
I hug your legs and fall asleep on the way home

[Chorus 1]
I don’t know why all the trees change in the fall
But I know you’re not scared of anything at all
Don’t know if Snow White’s house is near or far away
But I know I had the best day with you today

[Verse 2]
I’m thirteen now
And don’t know how my friends could be so mean
I come home crying and you hold me tight and grab the keys
And we drive and drive until we find a town far enough away
And we talk and window shop ’till I forgotten all their names

[Chorus 2]
I don’t know who I’m gonna talk to now at school
But I know I’m laughing on the car ride home with you
Don’t know how long it’s gonna take to feel okay
But I know I had the best day with you today

[Bridge]
I have an excellent father
His strength is making me stronger
God smiles on my little brother
Inside and out he’s better than I am
I grew up in a pretty house
And I’ve got space to run and hide
And I had the best days with you

[Verse 3]
There is a video I found
From back when I was three
You set up a paint set in the kitchen and you’re talking to me
It’s the age of princesses and pirate ships and the seven dwarfs
And Daddy’s smart
And you’re the prettiest lady in the whole wide world

[Chorus 3]
And now I know why the all the trees change in the fall
I know you were on my side, even when I was wrong
And I love you for giving me your eyes
Staying back and watching me shine
And, I didn’t know if you knew
So I’m taking this chance to say
That I had the best day with you today

General Information
AlbumsFearless
Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
ReleasedNovember 11, 2008
Re-ReleasedApril 9, 2021
GenreCountry
Length4:07
LabelBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
Single Certification
Hidden Message
God bless Andrea Swift
Music Video
Official Audio