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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 Release

Taylor penned “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” when she was fifteen and trying to get discovered by record labels. Her co-writer Robert Ellis Orrall confirmed via Instagram that they wrote the song on January 21, 2004, along with “A Place In This World” and Taylor’s unreleased track “What Do You Say.”  “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” was released on the deluxe edition of her debubt album Taylor Swift, as well as her EP Beautiful Eyes (2008).

Lyrical Theme

The lyrics of “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” describe how Taylor feels pressured to act a certain way around other people to gain acceptance from them, especially in regards to her career. But when she’s with her friends and family, she feels like she can be herself.

Music Video

Taylor edited the music video for the song herself, on her Macbook. It features homemade videos of Taylor, Abigail and some other friends of hers, as well as her family. It is laid-back and shows a more family-oriented side of Taylor. The video was released on March 3, 2008, and was later uploaded to Taylor’s YouTube channel on June 16, 2009. When introducing the song and video on her TV channel Taylor Swift NOW in 2016, Taylor said:

«The 'I'm Only Me When I'm With You' was something I edited on my laptop. And it was just footage I had from being on the road, when I was like 16 or 17. We were all travelling on one bus. Like the whole band, me, my mom. It was a huge moment when we upgraded to two buses, and we had a girl's bus and a guy's bus. For a long time, it was just like, people cram together on this bus. It was hilarious, and fun, and a lot of those moments are captured in this video, which was just stuff that I had filmed on my camera. So, it's funny to go back and look at it. I never feel like I wasn't allowed to be a teenager just because I was in this business. Like, I definitely still got to have that.»

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Live Performances

In total, Taylor has performed “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” more than 100 times. She regularly sang it in promotion of her debut album when she was a tour opening act for many country music superstars. It even served as the first song of her set. Later, the song was also added to the encore of her first headlining tour, the “Fearless Tour” (2009-2010). During the performance, she invited her own opening acts (most often the band Gloriana) up on stage to sing the song with her.

Taylor most recently performed “I’m Only Me When I’m With You” on October 26, 2018, as an acoustic surprise song during her “reputation Stadium Tour” concert in Melbourne, Australia. When introducing the song, she said:

«So the song that I have decided to play tonight is one that you guys were requesting online. And I have not played this in forever. There are a lot of people in this room who were not born when this song came out. So, for anyone who does know it, you're gonna have to scream even louder, okay? I wrote this song when I was 13 years old. And it was a bonus track on my first album.»

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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
And 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
WrittenJanuary 21, 2004
GenreCountry
Length3:33
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Robert Ellis Orrall
Angelo Petraglia
ProducerNathan Chapman
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