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Welcome Distraction

Unreleased | 2004

“Welcome Distraction” is one of Taylor’s many unreleased songs. She sings about not wanting to get involved in a serious relationship, but evidently falling for a guy that she can’t stay away from.

Background and Lyrical Theme

“Welcome Distraction” was likely written when Taylor was working for Sony. It was used for her demo CD from 2004-2005. She wrote the song about a guy she really liked at the time, even though she didn’t want to admit initially. The lyrics were probably inspired by Taylor’s first boyfriend, Drew.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I got a little thing I call self control
‘Cause I get a little crazy when I let too much go
Love’s a little messy and you are too
Right now I’m scared of both of you
I laugh and I play and I wasn’t gonna stray
Swore I’d never let a man in my way
You’re the last thing I needed today

[Chorus]
And I don’t know where I lost control
And couldn’t take it any longer
Must have been somewhere between
Your smile and the way you say my name
I can’t win, so I give in
The more I fight it just get’s stronger
You’re an inconvenient kind of satisfaction
Welcome distraction, welcome distraction

[Verse 2]
Gone and spilled my coffee, tryna get to the phone
‘Cause it might be you, you just never know
Can’t talk to my friends without you coming up
It’s even kind of cute, the way you cuss
I wrote your name down a hundred thousand times
‘Cause it looks so good right next to mine
You’re the last thing I needed tonight

[Chorus]
And I don’t know where I lost control
And couldn’t take it any longer
Must have been somewhere between
Your smile and the way you say my name
I can’t win, so I give in
The more I fight it just get’s stronger
You’re an inconvenient kind of satisfaction
Welcome distraction, welcome distraction

[Bridge]
I’m acting like a girl
With nothing to lose
When did I stop caring
About anything but you

[Chorus]
And I don’t know where I lost control
And couldn’t take it any longer
Must have been somewhere between
Your smile and the way you say my name
I can’t win, so I give in
The more I fight it just get’s stronger
You’re an inconvenient kind of satisfaction
Welcome distraction, welcome distraction

General Information
StatusUnreleased
Leaked2004
Written2004
GenreCountry
Length3:27
SongwriterTaylor Swift
Leaked Demo Audio