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I'm Only Me When I'm With You

Bonus Track | Taylor Swift (2006)

“I’m Only Me When I’m With You” is a song on the deluxe edition of Taylor’s debut album, Taylor Swift (2006). Taylor wrote it about her and her best friend Abigail Anderson, how well they know each other and feel free to be themselves when they are together.

Background and Lyrical Theme

Taylor wrote “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” when she was fifteen and trying to get discovered by record labels. The lyrics speak volumes of how well she and Abigail know each other. The music video also features Abigail and some other friends of hers, as well as her family. It has a laid-back setting and shows a more family-oriented side of Taylor. She edited the video herself on her Macbook.

“I’m Only Me When I’m With You” was released on the deluxe edition of her album Taylor Swift as well as her EP Beautiful Eyes (2008).

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Friday night beneath the stars
In a field behind your yard
You and I are painting pictures in the sky
And sometimes we don’t say a thing
Just listen to the crickets sing
Everything I need is right here by my side
And I know everything about you
I don’t wanna live without you

[Chorus]
I’m only up when you’re not down
Don’t wanna fly if you’re still on the ground
It’s like no matter what I do
Well you drive me crazy half the time
The other half I’m only trying to let you know that what I feel is true
And I’m only me when I’m with you

[Verse 2]
Just a small town boy and girl
Living in a crazy world
Trying to figure out what is and isn’t true
And I don’t try to hide my tears
The secrets or my deepest fears
Through it all nobody gets me like you do
And you know everything about me
You say that you can’t live without me

[Chorus]
I’m only up when you’re not down
Don’t wanna fly if you’re still on the ground
It’s like no matter what I do
Well you drive me crazy half the time
The other half I’m only trying to let you know that what I feel is true
And I’m only me when I’m with you

[Bridge]
When I’m with anybody else it’s so hard to be myself
Only you can tell

[Chorus]
That I’m only up when you’re not down
Don’t wanna fly if you’re still on the ground
It’s like no matter what I do
Well you drive me crazy half the time
The other half I’m only trying to let you know that what I feel is true

[Outro]
And I’m only me, who I wanna be
Well, I’m only me when I’m with you
With you (Uh huh)
Yeah

General Information
AlbumTaylor Swift
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
Recorded2006
GenreCountry
Length3:33
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Robert Ellis Orrall
Angelo Petraglia
ProducerNathan Chapman
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