Our Song

Single | Taylor Swift (2006)

“Our Song” closes the standard edition of Taylor’s debut album, Taylor Swift (2006). She solely composed the song for the talent show during her freshman year of high school, and as a gift for her boyfriend who she did not have a song with. She later put the song on the album as she recalled its popularity with her classmates.

Background and Lyrical Theme

As with “Tim McGraw“, the writing process for “Our Song” took approximately twenty minutes. The uptempo track is mainly driven by banjo and lyrically describes a young couple who use the events in their lives in place of a regular song. In an interview, Taylor said that this song was written about the same guy she mentions in “Tim McGraw”:

«I wrote this song in my freshman year of high school, for my ninth grade talent show. So I was sitting there thinking, 'I’ve gotta write a song that’s gonna relate to everyone in the talent show, and it’s gotta be upbeat.' And at that time, I was dating a guy, and we didn’t have a song. So I went ahead and wrote us one, and I played it at the talent show at the end of the year.»

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Like she says in the lyrics, Taylor actually did write the words to the song on a napkin, according to Scott Borchetta. But she never assumed it would be a song that would be on an album someday:

«I just sat down one day with my guitar, and got in a groove, and went with it. I like to write about how music affects people, and this was fun to write because it’s about a couple who DOESN’T have a song. I like the banjo and you really can’t go wrong with banjo. I wanted it to be last on the album, because the last line of the chorus is, 'Play it again'. Let’s hope people take it as a hint to go ahead and play the album again!»

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Music Video

A music video accompanying “Our Song” was directed by Trey Fanjoy and features Taylor performing in various settings, including a front porch and a sea of roses. The video won the awards for “Video of the Year” and “Female Video of the Year” at the 2008 CMT Music Awards.

Live Performances

Taylor has performed “Our Song” at an abundance of venues, some while supporting as opening act for various country artists’ concert tours. She also performed it as part of the “Fearless Tour” (2009–10), her first headlining tour and the following “Speak Now World Tour” (2011–2012).

Critical Reception

“Our Song” received acclaim from contemporary music critics. Sean Dooley of About.com identified Taylor’s “uncanny ability, especially at such a young age, to write a compelling narrative” as the song’s highlight, referencing the opening lines. Rob Sheffield of Blender magazine described the track as a gem that hit hard. Rick Bell of Country Standard Time said Taylor Swift‘s best efforts were Taylor’s self-penned songs, including “Our Song”, which “she sings with stirring conviction. In 2008, “Our Song” was listed as a “Winning Song” by Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI). Rolling Stone ranked “Our Song” as the eighth-best female country song from the 2000s and 2010s.

Commercial Performance

Big Machine Records executives chose “Our Song” to be the third single from Taylor Swift, which Taylor was surprised yet glad about. The song’s appearance at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart became Taylor’s first ever No. 1 and made her, then 18, the youngest sole writer and singer of a number one country song.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I was riding shotgun with my hair undone
In the front seat of his car
He’s got a one-hand feel on the steering wheel
The other on my heart
I look around, turn the radio down
He says, “Baby is something wrong?”
I say, “Nothing, I was just thinking
How we don’t have a song”
And he says

[Chorus]
Our song is the slamming screen door
Sneakin’ out late, tapping on your window
When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow
‘Cause it’s late and your mama don’t know
Our song is the way you laugh
The first date: “Man, I didn’t kiss her, and I should have”
And when I got home ‘fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again

[Verse 2]
I was walking up the front porch steps
After everything that day
Had gone all wrong and been trampled on
And lost and thrown away
Got to the hallway, well on my way
To my lovin’ bed
I almost didn’t notice all the roses
And the note that said

[Chorus]
Our song is the slamming screen door
Sneakin’ out late, tapping on your window
When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow
‘Cause it’s late and your mama don’t know
Our song is the way you laugh
The first date: “Man, I didn’t kiss her, and I should have”
And when I got home ‘fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again

[Bridge]
I’ve heard every album, listened to the radio
Waited for something to come along
That was as good as our song

[Breakdown]
‘Cause our song is the slamming screen door
Sneakin’ out late, tapping on his window
When we’re on the phone and he talks real slow
‘Cause it’s late and his mama don’t know

[Chorus]
Our song is the way he laughs
The first date: “Man, I didn’t kiss him, and I should have”
And when I got home ‘fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again
Play it again

[Outro]
I was riding shotgun with my hair undone
In the front seat of his car
I grabbed a pen and an old napkin
And I wrote down our song

General Information
AlbumTaylor Swift
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
Recorded2006
StudioQuad Studios-A (Nashville)
Sound Cottage (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length3:22
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwriterTaylor Swift
ProducerNathan Chapman
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