Taylor Swift, “Mine” (Lyrics + Listen)

4 Aug

In case you were wondering: Taylor Swift is still the queen of pop.

This song puts together a lot of the wise-beyond-her-years tricks of songcraft that mark her as a brilliant pop artist: The ready-for-duet-personalization use of an ambiguous you rather than a name; the parallelism that makes a song appealing to both the you and I; the ear for playful hooks like “I was a flight risk with a fear of falling” and “careless man’s careful daughter”; the detail of the verses, which paint vivid portraits of being young and in love; the knowledge that “You are the best thing / That’s ever been mine” needs that space in the middle; the pacing of the beautiful, climactic bridge into the last hook; the sense to change that last use of the hook so the paramour can sing; and the confidence to let an echoed “(Hold on)” anchor the outro when it hadn’t been used before.

I don’t know how much of this is her and how much is other Nashville pros, but that it could plausibly be Swift alone speaks volumes about her talent as a songwriter. And, it should be noted, her prowess as the teller of these precious-as-a-music-box stories has grown by leaps and bounds. If Taylor Swift can mature and evolve as her generation does, that generation—my generation—will remember her as its leading music maker.

I’m not posting the MP3 because Taylor’s label is the sort to be employing alphabet boys, but this is well worth snagging from iTunes or Googling.

Lyrics:

Oh-oh-oh

Oh-oh-oh

You were in college, workin’ part time, waitin’ tables
Left a small town, never looked back
I was a flight risk, with a fear of fallin’
Wonderin’ why we bother with love if it never lasts

I say, “Can you believe it?”
As we’re lyin’ on the couch
The moment I could see it
Yes, yes, I can see it now

You remember, we were sittin’ there, by the water
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Flash forward and we’re takin’ on the world together
And there’s a drawer of my things at your place
You learn my secrets and you figure out why I’m guarded
You say we’ll never make my parents’ mistakes

But we got bills to pay
We got nothin’ figured out
When it was hard to take
Yes, yes, this is what I thought about

You remember, we were sittin’ there, by the water
You put your arm around me for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Do you remember all the city lights on the water?
You saw me start to believe for the first time
You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

Oh-oh-oh

And I remember that fight, 2:30 a.m.
You said ‘verything was slippin’ right out of our hands
I ran out cryin’, and you followed me out into the street

Braced myself for the goodbye
‘Cause that’s all I’ve ever known
Then you took me by surprise
You said, “I’ll never leave you alone”

You said, “I remember how we felt sittin’ by the water
And every time I look at you, it’s like the first time
I fell in love with a careless man’s careful daughter
She is the best thing that’s ever been mine”

(You’re the one, we’ll make it last)
(You’re the one, never turn back)
(You’re the one) You made a rebel of a careless man’s careful daughter
(You’re the one) You are the best thing that’s ever been mine

(You’re the one) Do you believe it?
(You’re the one) We’re gonna make it now
(You’re the one) And I can see it
(Yeah, yeah, yeah) (I can see it now)

24 Responses to “Taylor Swift, “Mine” (Lyrics + Listen)”

  1. S August 5, 2010 at 2:24 AM #

    Best review as of now =D
    This is a great song too. Taylor Swift is definitely the queen of pop, though she might prefer “princess” maybe =)

  2. Amy August 5, 2010 at 5:22 AM #

    I love this lyrics so much. Taylor Go Go Go~

    • Ally August 11, 2010 at 11:24 PM #

      YEAHHHH!

  3. cheryl August 5, 2010 at 5:37 AM #

    i love taylor but i can’t get adjusted to the melody of this song.

  4. Sharp August 5, 2010 at 12:48 PM #

    Alright, so this is going to sound a little odd: I love Taylor Swift and I really like this song… BUT I’m worried about Taylor Swift and what this song means for her career.

    You write “If Taylor Swift can mature and evolve as her generation does, that generation—my generation—will remember her as its leading music maker.” And I agree.

    The problem is, more and more, I worry that Taylor isn’t “of” any generation. Or at least her music isn’t. As you point out, she’s got some real, preternatural gifts–writing lyrics, creating melodies, putting together catchy choruses, and most basically, making songs that sound good. But then I look at her songs and realize that they’re pretty much all about guys, and not even in a particularly interesting way. She takes the perspective of either a jilted or starstruck lover in almost every song.

    And I guess from Taylor, it’d be cooler if she made more songs like “The Way I Loved You,” where’s there’s some real complexity in play. Or sung a song about herself, where she doesn’t talk about some guy. A song about her generation. Anything different, really.

    When I say she isn’t “of” a generation, it’s because she doesn’t seem too interested in writing/singing about anything that’s real to the current generation. Again, her songs sound great, so it’s nitpicky, but because I agree with you–that Taylor Swift could wind up being one of this generation’s defining pop music icons–I sorta hope that her themes can catch up with her talent. “Mine” isn’t a whole lot different than “Love Story” or “Tim McGraw.” One of these days, I’m hoping she can grow into something more meaningful.

    The talent is undeniable, and it’s definitely evolving. But I guess I want more depth.

    • Andy Hutchins August 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM #

      Thought that occurred to me today: What does Taylor Swift think about gay marriage?

      Part of the problem with Taylor being as talented as she is at pop music is that she’s likely thinking first about how to write hits; you can take more chances when you’re not expected to be a sure thing every time, and she’s definitely expected to do that at this point.

      If that means she’s boxed in and has to write the girl/guy songs she’s basically peerless at writing, well, at least we’ll get those great songs for a while. But if she can’t break out of that, yeah, it’ll be disappointing.

      I disagree with the idea that that all she’s demonstrated so far—”Fifteen” is about finding yourself and learning from being fifteen, sort of an “At Seventeen”-lite for 2009—but I do agree that she’s got a lot more growing to do.

      T-Swizz once said: “My goal is to never write songs that my fans can’t relate to.” I worry that the homogeneity of her fan base—youngish, mostly white, mostly female, kinda country—will hamstring her creativity. But, then, she’s not even 21 yet. She has time.

  5. madddddie August 5, 2010 at 2:09 PM #

    the lyrics arent hold on, its your the one.

    • Andy Hutchins August 5, 2010 at 5:12 PM #

      You’re right, thanks. That is … a rather difficult bit to understand.

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  7. pete August 7, 2010 at 6:33 PM #

    Noted the phrase “queen of pop”. This song, Mine, is definitely pop and NOT country. Taylor is not a country artist, just that her songs cross over to country.

    • Bre August 8, 2010 at 9:00 AM #

      Seriousally who cares.

  8. Bre August 8, 2010 at 8:40 AM #

    I love this song! It’s a hard one to memorize though! I’ve been listening to it since it came out and still don’t have of down hahaha

  9. Kiss in Rain August 8, 2010 at 5:17 PM #

    Mine is such a wonderful song! We are very lucky to have Taylor Swift. The world is a much better place because of Taylor!

  10. Ally August 11, 2010 at 11:16 PM #

    taylor is always amazing… LOVE YOU TAYLOR!

    • dana September 1, 2010 at 7:45 AM #

      yah!!!!!!

  11. Amy August 18, 2010 at 2:08 PM #

    this song is SO boring. it sounds just like all of her other songs. won’t be buying this album.

  12. pete August 19, 2010 at 12:46 AM #

    Taylor should go completely over to POP. She doesn’t even acknowledge that she is country or that she is a country singer or that she is glad to be in the country music format. And her singing needs to be confined to one octave. Seems like she has asthma when she sings flat. Like she is wheezing. Unbelievable that her fans don’t hear that or don’t have any alternative artist to go to…

    • Michelle September 4, 2010 at 12:16 PM #

      I agree with Pete! Taylor may started off country Tim McGraw, Teardrops, & even parts of Our Song had some country feel to them, but now her sound is completley pop!…I have mixed feelings on what I think of Taylor. Her songwriting, instrumental, and creating catchy melodies are remarkable talents. Anyone would be a fool to say she’s not talented in those areas!…but singing? HELLO!…ever payed attention to her at a concert. She can’t keep a constant pitch!& Her vocals R all over the place!
      Her records R Tweaked big time!…..She’s semi-resepected from country people and radio personalities, She’s even won the biggest honor in the country music world CMA Entertainer of the Year! & she acts like she supports the pop world more. Taylor Choose 1 genre!!! Get out of country and stay in pop!! I’m still gonna be a fan, I do like some pop, (although I’m die hard country)…She also needs to broaden her topics she keeps releasing songs about boys boys boys people will get sick of it…and Taylor will dissapear!..Overall my opinion just become known for an amazing songwriter. Her voice really ain’t all that great.

  13. dana September 1, 2010 at 7:44 AM #

    this song is so beautiful taylor is my #1 idol

  14. divadevotee November 13, 2010 at 10:09 AM #

    Was really surprised that I liked this song and then was even more surprised that I liked the album too!

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    Love It!!😀

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