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Stay Beautiful

Taylor Swift (2006)

“Stay Beautiful” appears on Taylor’s debut studio album, Taylor Swift (2006). It is a cute, heartfelt song about a boy she had a crush on in high school.

Background and Lyrical Theme

The boy moved away so Taylor would never get to tell him that she liked him. Instead, she expressed her feelings in a song and performed it at her school talent show. Similar to “Teardrops On My Guitar“, she mentions the boy’s name, Cory, in the song. Many other music artists find Taylor’s courage to put a person’s real name in a song admirable. It also makes the listener feel closer to Taylor’s personal life. She said:

«After hearing my songs, a lot of people ask me, 'How many boyfriends have you HAD?' And I always tell them that more of my songs come more from observation than actual experience. In other words, you don’t have to date someone to write a song about them. This is a song I wrote about a guy I never dated! Wow, right? [Laughs] This song is about a guy I thought was cute, and never really talked to him much. But something about him inspired this song, just watching him.»

Taylor Swift

Misheard Lyrics

Taylor clarified that the way the first lyrics of the song are supposed to be read is:

Cory’s eyes are like a jungle, he smiles
It’s like the radio, he whispers songs into my window
In words that nobody knows


The way that line sounds on the album led to lots of confusion among fans.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Cory’s eyes are like a jungle, he smiles
It’s like the radio, he whispers songs into my window
In words that nobody knows
These pretty girls on every corner
They watch him as he’s walking home
Saying, “Does he know?”
Will you ever know?

[Chorus]
You’re beautiful, every little piece, love
And don’t you know?
You’re really gonna be someone, ask anyone
And when you find everything you’ve looked for
I hope your life will lead you back to my door
Oh, but if it don’t stay beautiful

[Verse 2]
Cory finds another way to be the highlight of my day
I’m taking pictures in my mind so I can save them for a rainy day
It’s hard to make a conversation when he’s taking my breath away
I should say, “Hey, by the way”

[Chorus]
“You’re beautiful, every little piece, love
And don’t you know?
You’re really gonna be someone, ask anyone
And when you find everything you’ve looked for
I hope your life will lead you back to my door
Oh, but if it don’t stay beautiful”

[Bridge]
If you and I are a story that never gets told
If what you are is a daydream I’ll never get to hold
At least you’ll know

[Chorus]
You’re beautiful, every little piece, love
And don’t you know?
You’re really gonna be someone, ask anyone
And when you find everything you’ve looked for
I hope your life will lead you back to my front door
Oh, but if it don’t

[Outro]
Will you stay beautiful, beautiful, beautiful?
Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful?
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, but if it don’t stay beautiful
Stay beautiful
Na, na, na, na, na

General Information
AlbumTaylor Swift
ReleasedOctober 24, 2006
Recorded2006
GenreCountry
Length4:00
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Liz Rose
ProducersNathan Chapman
Chad Carlson
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Hidden Message
Shake n bake
Song Artwork
Official Audio