He stands there, then walks away
my God, if I could only say
I’m holding every breath for you
he’d never tell you, but he can play guitar
I think he can see through everything but my heart
first thought when I wake up
is “my God, he’s beautiful”
so I put on my make up
and pray for a miracle.
Technically released when Taylor first came out (Best Buy apparently sold it for 24 hours if you bought her first album online in 2006), but is still that song that Taylor fans have been begging her to officially release and make a single for almost as long as her entire career. A widely popular unreleased, even more popular than DBT, and I say this because my non-internet savvy, extremely religious friends told me that I’d Lie was the first Taylor song they ever heard. Unreleased, yet a fan favorite - if only this bad boy had gone down like Sparks Fly; I fear it’s too late for this song to ever be on an album now.
Missing you like this is such sweet sorrow
won’t you come back to me?
I’ll be here today and here tomorrow
in dark blue Tennessee.
The song…the myth…the legend….the song that pretty much sparked the rare song craze and sent everyone at each other’s throats and almost started a real live war tbh with you I have war flashbacks about this song
All those kisses up against your car
for all those wishes on planes we thought were stars
memories like photographs
oh, baby here we are.
I’d kill for Taylor to put this on a record. Even though it’s a far dated song, it’s much more mature and wiser than most of her other unreleaseds from this time period - she could theoretically release this today, with some tweaking. Sadly, she gave it away to someone else, and this song will probably never see the light of day as far as Taylor is concerned.
Every time I look at you
I can hardly say a thing, my head starts to spin
and it hits me then, I love you
and every time you look at me
I could go crazy, but I don’t, say it but I won’t
because I’d rather be alone than lose you.
Another one of those endearingly innocent love songs from young Taylor.
Autumn rain, window pane
look at the how the leaves change
just like the two of us
still got your laugh, your ghost, your jacket
guess I loved you way too much.
This song is even more country than anything Taylor released on her first two albums; the most country song she’s ever recorded (aside from What Do You Say), in my opinion. The concepts, the instrumentals, and the writing all come together to make a country song that would’ve been a huge hit, if it had been given the chance.
I do recall a good while back
we snuck into the circus
and you threw your arms around my neck
back when I deserved it
and we were happy.
This is a song that, if it weren’t unreleased, would make it into the list of “times Taylor did not victimize herself and takes the blame.” This one is the most heartbreaking, though, even worse than Back To December, because you can tell she really, truly feels like a bad person, but it’s only because she simply fell out of love. This doesn’t make her a bad person, but she regrets not being able to love this person as much as they loved her.
By the way, your eyes are dancing
I’ll say the chances of that are getting slim
and by the way, my heart’s still breaking
it’s going take me a while to love again
so many things that I forgot to say
by the way.
Lauded by a lot of fans as the most heartbreaking unreleased song, this one is a song unlike any of her released songs. Although in If This Was A Move and The Way I Loved You she writes about letting go of someone she shouldn’t have, this one has a lot more bite to it and a much greater sting.
Love was all we knew
and faith was growing on the vines
words were all we had
and for one Summer you were mine.
The biggest crime ever committed is that this song will most likely never be anything more than an acoustic demo where you can only barely make out the lyrics to the verses. The lyrics are on point, the vocals are on point, if this had been released on her first or second album it would’ve been a huge single. The chorus is memorable and catchy, and why they chose to never record this is mindblowing.
I don’t have a plan
I don’t have a map
I don’t even know if
I’m ever coming back
I don’t have a when and I don’t have a where
I don’t even know if I’ll know when I’m there.
One of the things I do most when I’m really upset is drive - I find a long road that I’ve never been on before and drive until I’m about to run out of gas, blasting music and going wherever the next turn takes me. A lot of times, the fantasy of never going back home definitely plays over in my mind, because something about being having that opportunity to disappear makes you want it all the more. A big part of the reason I know to drive when I’m upset, is this song. Incidentally if you’re ever trying to drive away from your problems, this is a good background song.