-I'm Only Me When I'm With You
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Friday night beneath the stars
In a field behind your yard
You and I are painting pictures in the sky
Sometimes we don't say a thing
Just listen to the crickets sing
Everything I need is right here by my side

And I know everything about you
I don't wanna live without you

I'm only up when you're not down
Don't wanna fly if you're still on the ground
It's like no matter what I do
Well, you drive me crazy half the time
The other half I'm only trying
To let you know that what I feel is true
And I'm only me when I'm with you

Just a small-town boy and girl
Living in the crazy world
Trying to figure out what is and isn't true
And I don't try to hide my tears
My secrets or my deepest fears
Through it all nobody gets me like you do

And you know everything about me
You say that you can't live without me

I'm only up when you're not down
Don't wanna fly if you're still on the ground
It's like no matter what I do
Well, you drive me crazy half the time
The other half I'm only trying
To let you know that what I feel is true
And I'm only me when I'm with you

When I'm with anybody else
It's so hard to be myself
And only you can tell

I'm only up when you're not down
Don't wanna fly if you're still on the ground
It's like no matter what I do
Well, you drive me crazy half the time
The other half I'm only trying
To let you know that what I feel is true
And I'm only me
Who I wanna be




Well, I'm only me when I'm with you
With you (uh, yeah)

Overall Meaning

"I'm Only Me When I'm with You" is an upbeat, feel-good country pop song by Taylor Swift, and serves as a tribute to her friend Abigail. In this song, Taylor expresses the deep connection she has with this person to the point where she doesn't feel like herself when she's not with her. The song captures a beautiful moment in time that Taylor shares with her friend, painting pictures in the sky on a Friday night, just listening to the crickets and enjoying each other's company.


The opening lines set the scene for a romantic night beneath the stars, a time when Taylor feels her true self. She describes how they paint pictures in the sky, and although they may not say a word, everything she needs is right there by her side. Taylor then sings about how well she knows her friend, and that she doesn't want to live without her. Her friend's presence uplifts her and makes her feel like the best version of herself. This is emphasized in the chorus where Taylor reveals that she is only up when her friend is not down, and she doesn't want to fly if her friend is still on the ground because she feels incomplete without her.


The second verse details the support system that Taylor shares with her friend despite their struggles. They both live in a crazy world that will often leave them feeling lost or confused, but they find solace in each other's company. Taylor doesn't hide her emotions or fears from her friend, and she knows that nobody can understand her like she does. The chorus reiterates the point that Taylor is only herself when she's with her friend, and the final verse emphasizes this by stating that it's hard for her to be herself with anyone else, and only her friend can tell when she is truly herself. The song is a tribute to the enduring power of friendship.


Line by Line Meaning

Friday night beneath the stars
We are spending a lovely Friday evening looking up at the night sky.


In a field behind your yard
We are in a field behind your house, away from the rest of the world.


You and I are painting pictures in the sky
We are creating a picture together by pointing out constellations and imagining what else could be up there.


Sometimes we don't say a thing
We are comfortable with silence and just enjoying each other's company without the need for words.


Just listen to the crickets sing
We are surrounded by the peaceful sounds of nature, especially the chirping of the crickets.


Everything I need is right here by my side
I don't need anything else but you by my side to feel content and happy.


And I know everything about you
I have taken the time to get to know everything about you, from your likes and dislikes to your hopes and dreams.


I don't wanna live without you
I can't imagine a future without you in it and want to stay together forever.


I'm only up when you're not down
When you're feeling good, it makes me happy as well.


Don't wanna fly if you're still on the ground
I don't want to move forward in life without you by my side, even if it means staying in one place.


It's like no matter what I do
No matter what happens, I always feel happiest when I'm with you.


Well, you drive me crazy half the time
Sometimes you do things that drive me crazy, but I still love you all the same.


The other half I'm only trying
The other times, I'm trying my best to let you know how much I care for you.


To let you know that what I feel is true
I want you to know that my feelings for you are genuine and real.


And I'm only me when I'm with you
Being with you brings out the best in me and allows me to be my true self, without fear of judgment.


Just a small-town boy and girl
We are just two regular people from a small town, trying to navigate the world together.


Living in the crazy world
Despite the unpredictable and chaotic nature of the world, we are choosing to face it together.


Trying to figure out what is and isn't true
We are constantly trying to make sense of the world around us and determine what's real and what's not together.


And I don't try to hide my tears
I feel comfortable being vulnerable around you and don't need to hide my emotions.


My secrets or my deepest fears
You are the only one I trust enough to confide my secrets and fears in.


Through it all nobody gets me like you do
Even when no one else understands me, you always do and are there for me.


And you know everything about me
You've taken the time to learn everything there is to know about me, from my strengths to my flaws.


You say that you can't live without me
You've expressed that you need me in your life just as much as I need you in mine.


When I'm with anybody else
When I'm around other people, I put on a facade and try to be someone I'm not.


It's so hard to be myself
I struggle to be my true self around others, but with you, it comes easily and naturally.


And only you can tell
You can tell when I'm not being true to myself and gently encourage me to be who I truly am.




Lyrics © ORRALL FIXATION MUSIC, Universal Music Publishing Group, Songtrust Ave
Written by: Angelo Thomas Petraglia, Robert Ellis Orrall, Taylor Alison Swift

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Comments from YouTube:

@RERK8

It's something especially thoughtful about not so much the "thank you" but "for saying that." It's like hearing it really resonated after she heard it. Very sweet!

@Kiss_My_Aspergers

It's got that tinge of, "Maybe I'm not sure if I believe it myself, but I feel incredibly validated that you do!", but more self-aware and self-assured... especially as she ages. She's definitely refused to let the world destroy her confidence.

@jaquicx9500

Lol I used to say what she says when I was little bc i didnt agree with other people but thought it was nice of them. It was rarely well received and most people saw through it, so i just switched to "no, but thanks!"

@Shenayerx96

Yeah! Yeah it’s really mature for a toddler to realize the meaning of thank you and be able to use it to show gratitude in that way.

@anulikab

@Dyslexic Mitochondria bro I subbed ur a legend

@JuliaShalomJordan

So sweet.🤍

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@user-lr1px9ck2f

I love how she kept the “thank you for saying that”🥺

@samirahassan2079

Me too aww

@cusincrew7975

That’s the point

@shenanigan4120

Yeah as cusincrew said, that was the whole point of the video

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