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A Place In This World

Taylor Swift (2006)

“A Place In This World” is a song on Taylor’s debut studio album, Taylor Swift (2006). Taylor was thirteen when she wrote it in November 2003. During that time she was trying to get discovered in Nashville. If she had given her debut album a name, it would’ve been called A Place In This World. This was technically the working title until she requested it to be self-titled.

Background and Lyrical Theme

Taylor wrote “A Place in This World” about her dream of becoming a famous musician, knowing that it was what she wanted out of life, but was unsure whether or not her goal would be attainable. At the time, Taylor and her family still lived in Pennsylvania. She and her mom would travel back and forth between Wyomissing and Nashville, meeting with songwriters and record labels when Taylor was in middle school. The Swift family finally made a permanent move in 2004 when Taylor got offered a “Development Deal” by RCA Records. When asked about the song, she said:

«It was tough trying to find out how I was going to get where I wanted to go. I knew where I wanted to be, but I just didn’t know how to get there. I’m really happy this is on the album, because I feel like I finally figured it out.»

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Recording

Co-writer Robert Ellis Orrall revealed on his Instagram page that he originally recorded the song with Taylor, Angelo Petraglia, and Jamie Tate on January 15, 2004, along with “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” and the unreleased song “What Do You Say.” That version of “A Place In This World” appeared on one of Taylor’s demo CDs and may have been different from the one on her debut album.

During Taylor’s first year of her career, the TV station GAC filmed a documentary on Taylor and her teenage life for its series “GAC Shortcuts”. Taylor’s episode was called “Taylor Swift: A Place In This World.” A live recording of the song was released on the EP iTunes Live from SoHo (2007).

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I don’t know what I want, so don’t ask me
‘Cause I’m still tryin’ to figure it out,
Don’t know what’s down this road, I’m just walkin’
Tryin’ to see through the rain comin’ down
Even though I’m not the only one who feels
The way I do

[Chorus]
I’m alone, on my own, and that’s all I know
I’ll be strong, I’ll be wrong, oh but life goes on
Oh, I’m just a girl
Tryin’ to find a place in this world

[Verse 2]
Got the radio on, my old blue jeans
And I’m wearin’ my heart on my sleeve
Feelin’ lucky today, got the sunshine
Could you tell me what more do I need
And tomorrow’s just a mystery, oh yeah
But that’s okay

[Chorus]
I’m alone, on my own
And that’s all I know
I’ll be strong, I’ll be wrong
Oh but life goes on
Oh, I’m just a girl
Tryin’ to find a place in this world

[Bridge]
Maybe I’m just a girl on a mission
But I’m ready to fly

[Chorus]
I’m alone, on my own
And that’s all I know
Oh, I’ll be strong, I’ll be wrong
Oh but life goes on

Oh, I’m alone, on my own
And that’s all I know
Oh, I’m just a girl
Tryin’ to find a place in this world

[Outro]
Oh, I’m just a girl
Oh, I’m just a girl, oh oh
Oh, I’m just a girl

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General Information
AlbumTaylor Swift
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
Recorded2006
StudioThe Castles Studios-A (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length3:22
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Robert Ellis Orrall
Angelo Petraglia
ProducerNathan Chapman
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