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Diary of Me

Unreleased | 2004

“Diary of Me” is one of Taylor’s many unreleased songs. It was recorded before the release of her debut album, Taylor Swift (2006), and actually wasn’t written by Taylor. It might as well could have been, though. It refers to songwriting as her literal diary, readable to anyone who listens.

Background and Lyrical Theme

The song was written by Nicholas Brophy and Julie Vassar. Taylor co-wrote the unreleased song “Permanent Marker” with Brophy. He asked her to record vocals for “Diary of Me.” A fan on Tumblr messaged him about it and he confirmed it. That’s probably why the song was never seriously considered for any album of Taylor’s — because she didn’t write it.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I’m a laid back
T-shirt, blue jean, mood ring, kinda girl
Hey, yeah, what’s the word on you?
Lay low
I’m a mission rebel, angel devil
Little left of the middle
Sometimes I get temperamental

[Chorus]
But here I am, an open book
Turn the page, it’s all the rage
Get a look on the inside
Oh, what you get is what you see
Baby, you hold the key
To the diary of me

[Verse 2]
I’m poetry
Complicated, simply stated
Hey yeah, baby, how about you?
I was born free
I’m a cell phone hippie
Are you with me?
When I mess up, I don’t get up
I just get down, yeah

[Chorus]
But here I am, an open book
Turn the page, it’s all the rage
Get a look on the inside
Oh, what you get is what you see
Baby, you hold the key
To the diary of me

[Bridge]
It’s raining on Sunday
There’s nothin’ on TV
Yesterday was lonely
You’re the only one who gets me
My mind is like an island
Drifting through the ocean
I can’t stop thinkin’ about you
I bet you’re thinkin’ of me too

[Chorus]
Well, here I am, an open book
Turn the page, it’s all the rage
Get a look on the inside
Oh, what you get is what you see
Baby, you hold the key
To the diary of me
Yeah, here I am, an open book
Turn the page, it’s all the rage
Get a look on the inside
Oh, what you get is what you see
Baby, you hold the key
To the diary of me

General Information
StatusUnreleased
Leaked2004
Written2004-2005
GenreCountry
Length3:03
SongwritersNicholas Brophy
Julie Vassar
Taylor & Nicholas Brophy
Leaked Demo Audio