April 23.2014 – The Story Behind “Our Song” by Taylor Swift

Hear the story behind the song here!

In an interview with American Online (AOL) Taylor Swift was asked if there was a true story behind this song. The teenage Country music singer-songwriter replied: “I wrote this song in my freshman year of high school for my ninth grade talent show. I was sitting there thinking, ‘I’ve gotta write an upbeat song that’s gonna relate to everyone.’ And at that time, I was dating a guy and we didn’t have a song. So I wrote us one, and I played it at the show. Months later, people would come up to me and say, ‘I loved that song that you played.’ And then they’d start singing lines of it back to me. They’d only heard it once, so I thought, ‘There must be something here!'”

In an interview with Blender magazine, Swift said that this song was written about the same guy as in “Tim McGraw.” She said that his name is Drew, and one night in 2008 when she was going out, he was in her driveway. She said, “It would have been really poetic and romantic if he showed up right after my album released, but it’s been two years. I told him, ‘It’s really nice to see you. But you’re too late.'” (thanks, Andrea – Syracuse, NY)

As a result of the success of this album, 17-year-old Taylor Swift became the first female solo artist to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut album.

“Our Song” was #1 for 6 weeks on the Hot Country Songs chart. This placed Swift in a 4-way tie for second place on the list of the longest-running #1 songs by solo female artists in the history of this chart. The record is held by Connie Smith, who spent eight weeks at #1 in 1963-64 with “Once a Day.”

Immediately before Swift reached the summit on the Hot Country Songs chart, Carrie Underwood reigned for 3 weeks with “So Small .” This 9 week string of #1 songs by solo female artists is the longest in the history of the country singles chart. Again the record had previously been set by Connie Smith’s “Once a Day” 8 consecutive weeks at #1, which was both preceded and succeeded at the top by solo male artist recordings.

At the 2008 CMT Music Awards this won the video of the year award, plus female video of the year.

When this reached #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on the chart week of December 22, 2007, Swift became the youngest performer ever to write and sing a chart-topping Country single.

Swift recalled: “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. Haha!”

LYRICS: Written by Taylor Swift
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, when I should have”
And when I got home … ‘fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again

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, when I should have”
And when I got home … ‘fore I said amen
Asking God if he could play it again

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

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

Oh, yeah…
Oh-oh, yeah.

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

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