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Christmases When You Were Mine

The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection EP (2007)

“Christmases When You Were Mine” is a Christmas song written and performed by Taylor. It is featured on her first extended play The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (2007).

Background and Lyrical Theme

Lyrically, “Christmases When You Were Mine” fixates on prior Christmases, in which the song’s protagonist was happier. The lyrics also express that the current Christmas is much harder to cheer for than previous ones.

It is the only song to date that Taylor has ever recorded in which Nathan Chapman is credited as a co-writer. In all of their other collaborations, Chapman is only credited as a producer, while Taylor and sometimes other songwriters are credited.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Please take down the mistletoe
‘Cause I don’t want to think about that right now
‘Cause everything I want is miles away
In a snow covered little town
My momma’s in the kitchen, worrying about me
Season’s greetings, hope you’re well
Well I’m doing alright
If you were wondering
Lately I can never tell

[Chorus]
I know this shouldn’t be a lonely time
But there were Christmases when you were mine

[Verse 2]
I’ve been doing fine without you, really
Up until the nights got cold
And everybody’s here, except you, baby
Seems like everyone’s got someone to hold

[Chorus]
But for me it’s just a lonely time
‘Cause there were Christmases when you were mine

[Verse 3]
Merry Christmas, everybody
That’ll have to be something I just say this year
I’ll bet you got your mom another sweater
And were your cousins late again?
When you were putting up the lights this year
Did you notice one less pair of hands?

[Chorus]
I know this shouldn’t be a lonely time
But there were Christmases when I didn’t wonder how you are tonight
‘Cause there were Christmases when you were mine

[Outro]
You were mine

General Information
AlbumThe Taylor Swift Holiday Collection EP
ReleasedOctober 14, 2007
Recorded2007
GenreCountry
Length3:06
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Liz Rose
Nathan Chapman
ProducerNathan Chapman
Live Performance
Official Audio