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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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@JasonLSmallsJunior

[Verse 1]
Friday night beneath the stars
In a field behind your yard
You and I are painting pictures in the sky
And 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

[Chorus]
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 tryna let you know that what I feel is true
And I'm only me when I'm with you

[Verse 2]
Just a small town boy and girl
Living in a crazy world
Tryna figure out what is and isn't true
And I don't try to hide my tears
The 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


[Chorus]
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 tryna let you know that what I feel is true
And I'm only me when I'm with you

[Bridge]
When I'm with anybody else it's so hard to be myself
Only you can tell

[Chorus]
That 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 tryna 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 huh
Yeah



@yellow5682

Friday night beneath the stars,
in a field behind your yard,
you and I are paintin' pictures in the sky.
And 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.

[Chorus:]
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
livin' in a crazy world.
Tryin' to figure out what is and isn't true.
And I don't try to hide my tears.
The 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.

[Chorus]

When I'm with anybody else it's so hard to be myself.
Only you can tell.

[Chorus:]
That 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 huh
Yeah



All comments from YouTube:

@nilssjoberg5557

Imagine Taylor rerecording this song with her matured voice..

@SachinSharma-rh7rf

Same thought came to my mind

@creme1575

That would be next month ohmygod

@rodmarsaulaomarabonales2164

Maybe she can't sing it anymore just like when she was a teenager😰

@karlacalonia825

@Memes For Lunch she will re-record next month.

@ayeshapatel9595

Novembee finally came (Yay!!)
After waiting for a whole year❤️

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@jessicaj6348

She wrote this song when she was 13 years old and sang it two hours ago in concert in Melbourne! ❤️

@user-gw5gx8gn2g

Lol I was 1 at the time.. 14 now :’)

@ttpdaoty

Love how I was just born when Taylor was 13 and now I’m turning 18 in three months! We really grew up with her.

@vagishasharma9266

Her Mom is so cute and the song is Cute too......

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