Song of the Day #3,541: ‘Fifteen’ – Taylor Swift

As with Big Star’s ‘Thirteen,’ I knew exactly which song I’d feature for today’s number before I even started looking. Taylor Swift’s ‘Fifteen’ is lovely and iconic and certainly the best song ever written with this title.

Swift is also in contention for slot #22 with, you guessed it, ’22,’ but I have decided to go with only one song per artist, so somebody else will get the nod in a week.

Because I’ve already featured the original version, I’m going today with a live clip from Swift’s 2011 Speak Now tour. Whoever posted this zoomed in on the picture and flipped the image horizontally, presumably to avoid its removal for copyright violation. Now we get to see what it would look like if Taylor Swift played her guitar left-handed.

I might rank ‘Fifteen’ as Swift’s best-ever song; it’s certainly in the top five. Vulture, in a recent list titled ‘All 124 Taylor Swift Songs, Ranked,’ placed it at number three.

You take a deep breath and you walk through the doors
It’s the morning of your very first day
You say hi to your friends you ain’t seen in a while
Try and stay out of everybody’s way
It’s your freshman year and you’re gonna be here
For the next four years in this town
Hoping one of those senior boys will wink at you and say
You know I haven’t seen you around, before

‘Cause when you’re fifteen and
Somebody tells you they love you
You’re gonna believe them
And when you’re fifteen feeling like
There’s nothing to figure out
But count to ten, take it in
This is life before you know
Who you’re gonna be

You sit in a class next to a redheaded Abigail
And soon enough you’re best friends
Laughing at the other girls
Who think they’re so cool
We’ll be out of here as soon as we can
And then you’re on your very first date
And he’s got a car and you’re feeling like flying
And your mamma’s waiting up and you’re thinking he’s the one
And you’re dancing ’round your room when the night ends
When the night ends

‘Cause when you’re fifteen and
Somebody tells you they love you
You’re gonna believe them
When you’re fifteen and your first kiss
Makes you head spin ’round but
In your life you’ll do things greater
Than dating the boy on the football team
But I didn’t know it at fifteen

When all you wanted
Was to be wanted
Wish you could go back
And tell yourself what you know now

Back then I swore I was gonna
Marry him someday
But I realized some bigger dreams of mine
And Abigail gave everything she had to a boy
Who changed his mind
And we both cried

‘Cause when you’re fifteen and somebody tells you they love you
You’re gonna believe them
And when you’re fifteen, don’t forget to look before you fall
I’ve found time can heal most anything
And you just might find who you’re supposed to be
I didn’t know who I was supposed to be
At fifteen

Your very first day
Take a deep breath girl
Take a deep breath as you walk through the doors

4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,541: ‘Fifteen’ – Taylor Swift

  1. Amy says:

    I’ve always loved this song. Probably what first turned me into a fan. I can’t imagine why you can’t use the same artist twice, as 22 is the perfect companion piece to today’s SOTD.

  2. Dana Gallup says:

    Such a beautiful song! I would agree with a top 5 ranking.

    How cool would it be if someone we knew had an opportunity to work on a Taylor Swift music video?😊

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Very cool indeed Dana!

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