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Sweet Tea and God's Graces

Unreleased | 2004

“Sweet Tea and God’s Graces” is one of Taylor’s many unreleased songs. Written by her in her teen years, the song was written when she was still new to the singer-songwriter scene in Nashville.

Background and Lyrical Theme

“Sweet Tea and God’s Graces” describes the innocence and discovery of an early romantic relationship. It was track four on Taylor’s demo CD from 2004-2005.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Tire swings, summer dreams, honeysuckle on the breeze
Wilson County creek
Laying in the green grass, I was watching clouds pass
Baby, you were watching me
Cold barns, truck beds, everything you said
Slowly educating me
I never had a lesson so sweet

[Chorus]
You can get high on a first kiss
You can get by with sweet tea and God’s graces
You can love like a sinner and lose like a winner
Nothing’s shatterproof
You can crash and burn and come back someone new
And that’s what I learned from you

[Verse 2]
Autumn rain, window pane, looking how the leaves change
Just like the two of us
Still got your laugh, your ghost, your jacket
Guess I loved you way too much
But I’m a little smarter, my heart’s a little harder
But it’s still soft enough to cry
Cause I remember those times
I remember

[Chorus]
You can get high on a first kiss
You can get by with sweet tea and God’s graces
You can love like a sinner and lose like a winner
Nothing’s shatterproof
You can crash and burn and come back someone new
And that’s what I learned from you

[Bridge]
Saw you just the other day
All that I could think to say was
“Hey, how have you been?”
You caught me with that old smile
Said, “It’s really been a while
And I still think about back when”

[Chorus]
We used to get high on the first kiss
We could get by with sweet tea and Jesus
And you can love like a sinner and lose like a winner
Nothing’s shatterproof
You can crash and burn and now I’m someone new
And that’s what I learned from you

[Outro]
Oh, that’s what I learned from you
That’s what I learned from you, oh you, oh
That’s what I learned from you, oh yeah

General Information
StatusUnreleased
Leaked2004
Written2004-2005
GenreCountry
Length3:35
SongwriterTaylor Swift