"She Used to Be Mine" as written by and Sara Beth Bareilles....
It's not simple to say
That most days I don't recognize me
That these shoes and this apron
That place and its patrons
Have taken more than I gave them
It's not easy to know
I'm not anything like I used be, although it's true
I was never attention's sweet center
I still remember that girl

She's imperfect, but she tries
She is good, but she lies
She is hard on herself
She is broken and won't ask for help
She is messy, but she's kind
She is lonely most of the time
She is all of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie
She is gone, but she used to be mine

It's not what I asked for
Sometimes life just slips in through a back door
And carves out a person and makes you believe it's all true
And now I've got you
And you're not what I asked for
If I'm honest, I know I would give it all back
For a chance to start over and rewrite an ending or two
For the girl that I knew

Who'll be reckless, just enough
Who'll get hurt, but who learns how to toughen up
When she's bruised and gets used by a man who can't love
And then she'll get stuck
And be scared of the life that's inside her
Growing stronger each day 'til it finally reminds her
To fight just a little, to bring back the fire in her eyes
That's been gone, but used to be mine
Used to be mine

She is messy, but she's kind
She is lonely most of the time
She is all of this mixed up and baked in a beautiful pie
She is gone, but she used to be mine

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"She Used to Be Mine" as written by Sara Bareilles

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  • +4
    General CommentThis is about a woman who looks at herself and wonders, in a disappointed way, how she has become who she is today because she doesn't recognize the girl she used to be in herself anymore. She feels like external forces and personal choices led her to where she is, without her realizing what was happening. And now that she has awakened to her circumstances, she wishes she could tell the girl she used to be to be more aware of choices, so that her life can end up differently, while retaining some of her essential good and innocent self. Many people make this realization. But not at such a young age as Ms. Bareilles (if she wrote this).
    noah_sarkon May 30, 2016   Link
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    General CommentLove between two people should be nourishing on both sides. He might love her, in a way, but not the love she deserves to have. She lost herself, her worth but she keeps on coming back to him, loving him. And she misses her old self somehow.
    xanxheaon October 28, 2015   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so heart breaking in its regretfulness. I can't help but shed a tear listening to it. It's actually a perfect lead in to her other masterpiece, Gravity. They are both so real and so heartbreaking
    ROsniper18on October 14, 2018   Link

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