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"The Outside" is a song by Taylor Swift and is the sixth track from her self-titled debut album.

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Background

“The Outside”, originally titled "Outside" was written by Swift about loneliness. She wrote it when she was just 12 years old.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she talked about this song:

It’s about what I was going through at the time. I was a complete outcast at school and never fit in, never felt like I belonged. A lot of times back then when I was 12 or 13, I would write songs about relationships, when I wasn’t in relationships, because I would look at other people and try to observe what they were going through. But in the case of ”The Outside,” I was writing exactly what I saw. I was writing from pain. And I’ve always felt so lucky, because I’ve never needed an escape like drinking or drugs or anything like that to escape from the bad days. Music has always been that escape for me.

She also said:

This is one of the first songs I ever wrote, and it talks about the very reason I ever started to write songs. It was when I was twelve years old, and a complete outcast at school. I was a lot different than all the other kids, and I never really knew why. I was taller, and sang country music at karaoke bars and festivals on weekends while other girls went to sleepovers. Some days I woke up not knowing if anyone was going to talk to me that day. I think every person comes to a point in their life when you have a long string of bad days. You can choose to let it drag you down, or you can find ways to rise above it. I came to the conclusion that even though people hadn't always been there for me, music had. It's strange to think how different my life would be right now if I had been one of the cool kids.

With the release of her seventh studio album Lover, Swift included some of the pages from her childhood journals in the four deluxe editions. On February 14, 2004, Swift writes about not having a relationship to celebrate on Valentine's Day so instead she had written some songs.

I woke up and perfected / tweaked this new song I wrote yesterday called Someone Loves You — It basically says that no matter what you've done or where you are in life, somewhere someone loves you. I wrote another one called Outside — It's about being left out in the cold and being — well, an outsider. I don't know if it'll go anywhere, but it made me feel better.

Hidden message

Hidden message: You are not alone.

Taylor wrote this song in order to get her emotions out into song, but wrote it in a way that made it relatable for anyone who was going through the same situation as her, which she has continued to do in each of her albums.

Lyrics

Verse 1
I didn't know what I would find
When I went looking for a reason, I know
I didn't read between the lines
And, baby, I've got nowhere to go
I tried to take the road less traveled by
But nothing seems to work the first few times
Am I right?

Chorus
So how can I ever try to be better?
Nobody ever lets me in
I can still see you, this ain't the best view
On the outside looking in
I've been a lot of lonely places
I've never been on the outside

Verse 2
You saw me there, but never knew
I would give it all up to be
A part of this, a part of you
And now it's all too late so you see
You could've helped if you had wanted to
But no one notices until it's too
Late to do anything

Chorus
So how can I ever try to be better?
Nobody ever lets me in
I can still see you, this ain't the best view
On the outside looking in
I've been a lot of lonely places
I've never been on the outside

So how can I ever try to be better?
Nobody ever lets me in
I can still see you, this ain't the best view
On the outside looking in
I've been a lot of lonely places
I've never been on the outside

Official audio

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Taylor Swift - The Outside (Audio)


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