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Better Off

Unreleased | 2005

“Better Off” is one of Taylor’s many unreleased songs. It was co-written by Robert Ellis Orrall, who was one of her frequent collaborators up until the release of her debut studio album, Taylor Swift, in 2006. She describes being in a relationship with a boy her friends don’t approve of.
The leaked version of “Better Off” is a studio demo cut. In the lyrics, Taylor sings about wanting to be with a boy who her friends don’t approve of. In the end, she doesn’t listen to them and finds happiness with the boy she loves.

In January 2023, “Better Off” was added to Taylor’s Sony registry.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I live down the street in a broken down house
And a car up on blocks in the driveway
The moment we meet, there was never a doubt
That we won’t forget this Sunday
It starts with a smile, and we walk a few miles
And it all leads to this
Our first kiss

[Chorus]
All my friends are saying
Girl, what are you thinking?
You’re better off
You’re better off without him
Find yourself another
Girl, that boy is trouble
You’re better off, you’re better off
They can talk forever, they just don’t know better

[Verse 2]
We drive around town in a rusty old truck
Somehow it feels like we’re flying
Don’t want to come down
But they make it so tough
Cause everyone we know is trying
To push us apart, hide it down in our hearts
And they get what they want cause you’re gone

[Chorus]
All my friends are saying
Girl, why are you crying?
You’re better off, you’re better off without him
Find yourself another
Girl, that boy is trouble
You’re better off, you’re better off
They can talk forever, they just don’t know better

[Bridge]
You come to my door
In the pouring rain
We know what we don’t have to say
You hand me a rose and a note that says
We don’t have to do things their way

[Chorus]
All my friends are saying
Girl, what are you thinking?
You’re better off, you’re better off without him
Find yourself another
Girl, that boy is trouble
You’re better off, you’re better off
Well, they can talk forever, they just don’t know better

General Information
StatusUnreleased
Leaked2009
Written2004-2009
GenreCountry
Length3:20
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Robert Ellis Orrall