Emily comes home from school
Grabs onto her daddy's hand
He says, "Baby girl, what's wrong with you?"
She says, "Please don't make me go back there again."

She said, "I wish there was someway to make them stop it."
So he drives down to that principles office
And says, "I didn't bring her up so they could cut her down
I didn't bring her here so they could shut her out
I'd live my whole damn life to see that little girl smile
So why are tears pouring down that sweet face?
She wasn't brought up that way."

Emily's home late again
He sees that boy drive away
Oh but something's different this time
She doesn't have too much to say
She said, "He tried but there's just some things I won't do"
And through the tears she said, "I couldn't do that to you"

And he said, "I didn't bring you up so he could wear you down
Take that innocent heart and turn it inside out
I'd live my whole damn life to see my little girl smile
So don't let nobody take that away
You weren't brought up that way."

The phone rings on a rainy night
Says, "It's Officer Tate"
He said, "Sir, there's been an accident
You'd better come down here right away
A drunken driver missed an overpass
And Emily she's fading fast."

He says, "God I didn't bring her up to watch them lay her down
Nearly killed me the day they put her mama in the ground
Only thing that kept me alive was that little girls smile
So please don't take that away
It won't be easy taking her today, she wasn't brought up that way."

He stands over the hospital bed
Emily opens her eyes


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    General CommentJust put this on my ipod its so sad..made me cry but its beautiful at the same time.x
    deedee38on December 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love the happy ending!
    roohollah1on October 25, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationSo upset this got leaked! =[
    Whatever.
    Really, from what I can see, it's sung from a father's point of view of his daughter's life. First, when she's little, she's obviously bullied or teased by a group of people (make "them" stop). The father goes to the school to end it because she was taught not to act like that to others.
    The next part I think is about her and a relationship with her boyfriend and him wanting to take the relationship farther and farther while she doesn't want to go that far. I think it actually might be about rape.
    Lastly, I think this part is pretty simple to understand - Emily and her mom are in a drunk-driving accident, which kills the mom and Emily suffers a conncusion or something of the sorts. The father begins to pray for her health. Luckily for him, she wakes up from her condition, not reassuring she's 100 percent alright, but at least she's alive.
    And ya!
    AleAlejandroon December 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSo upset this got leaked! =[
    Whatever.
    Really, from what I can see, it's sung from a father's point of view of his daughter's life. First, when she's little, she's obviously bullied or teased by a group of people (make "them" stop). The father goes to the school to end it because she was taught not to act like that to others.
    The next part I think is about her and a relationship with her boyfriend and him wanting to take the relationship farther and farther while she doesn't want to go that far. I think it actually might be about rape.
    Lastly, I think this part is pretty simple to understand - Emily and her mom are in a drunk-driving accident, which kills the mom and Emily suffers a conncusion or something of the sorts. The father begins to pray for her health. Luckily for him, she wakes up from her condition, not reassuring she's 100 percent alright, but at least she's alive.
    And ya!
    AleAlejandroon December 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics are so touching, I wish I could hear the audio for this song! ♥
    MusicLover23on January 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. <3 A bit upset it got leaked, but there's nothing we can do about it now. Anywayy, it's obviously from a father's point of view on his daughter. From the sounds of it, his wife/the girl's mother died when she was younger ["nearly killed me the day they put her mamma in the ground"]. When the girl is younger, maybe around 6 or 7-ish, it is obvious she was getting bullied or excluded, or something along those lines. The father drives to the school to talk to the principle. Then later, when she's a teen... maybe 15 or 16? She has a boyfriend, and the father sees them coming home from another date... but he senses something is different, since she's quiet. From what I hear and interpret it, the girl's boyfriend was trying to pressure her to have sex, hence the line, "He tried, but there's just some things I won't do", but she didn't want to so they might've broke up or something, since she was crying. Then the father just basically says, "I didn't raise you to have guys do that to you". Then a little later, I'm thinking 18-20, she gets hit in a car by a drunk driver. She's in the hospital and the dad is begging God not to take her, since she was the only thing that kept him wanting to be alive after his wife's death. SO SAD. xCountryBabii13on January 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow do you get the song onto my ipod???
    megz227on March 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    Song ComparisonThis song reminds me of ''Alyssa Lies'' by Jason Michael Carroll.
    varsityfanclubfreakon June 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTaylor put herself in the song. Here, she's "Emily," and it's like a more tragic version of Taylor's life. She gets bullied in school, and once she gets older, her boyfriend pressures her to have sex with him. These are two hard things she goes through, and her father gives her advice to cope and defends her. The same happened with Taylor. The song also incorporates some of Taylor's biggest fears: her beloved mother dying, untimely death, getting into a car accident (I don't think Taylor was the best driver as a teenager, and that's why), hurting loved ones or unintentionally leaving them behind. I love this song because it's about finding the hope and strength to persist in life when things get rough and then relying on your loved ones in these situations. It's also about being a good parent, as shown by the devoted father.
    luckyyou13on October 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSo I'm not sure if there has been any word as to how old this song is, but as I listen to it I notice it sounds WAY more country than anything she has been recording in the past few years. It reminds me a bit of the older singles Tim McGraw and Teardrops on My Guitar. I would wager this might've been recorded (or at least written) in the days of the 'Taylor Swift' album. Also the lyrics to the song are a lot deeper and more tragic than any of her newer songs, once again reminding me of her old songs which seem to deal with heavier topics (i.e. rejection from peers, eating disorder of a friend) as opposed to how one feels in a relationship and how one feels in a particular situation (good, bad, happy, excited, confused, etc.) In fact I would be extremely surprised if it was discovered that this song is from the post-first album era (or at very most, post-fearless era)
    jojoinpink54on November 09, 2011   Link
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