Song Lyric Sunday – She Used to Be Mine by Sara Bareilles

It’s not very often that I hear a song that makes me think it could have been written for me and about me.  I heard this song on The Voice last week and started off simply enjoying the singer’s voice and how well she was doing, but then I started actually listening to the lyrics and before I knew it, I was crying.

I don’t necessarily consider myself a courageous person, but I do hear a lot of courage in this song.  The great thing about life is that things change.  As much as you might be struggling in this moment right now, you can pretty much bet that things will be different in the next moment.  Maybe it will take a few days or weeks or even years, but as long as you keep finding the courage to put one foot in front of the other, or just get out of bed every morning, things will get better.

“…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…”

How brilliant is Sara Bareilles, though?  I hope you enjoy the song, even in and especially for all it’s heartbreaking beauty.

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
Songwriters: Sara Bareilles
She Used to Be Mine lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

As a bonus, here is Addison Agen’s performance on The Voice.  I just love her voice, and she’s only 16!


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was courage.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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22 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – She Used to Be Mine by Sara Bareilles

  1. When it seems like a song was written for or about you it just hits you like a ton of bricks.

    Reverse the gender pronouns and it’s almost like it could apply to me too. Wow. I had a very similar reaction. Oh well, I guess we’ll dust ourselves off and keep trucking right?

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  2. Hello Helen! This is my first time doing this thingy of yours and your song is one I liked the best. I’ve never heard of her before and yeah it’s pretty amazing track! Thank you for sharing it! I listen to a lot of diff. music and out there stuff too and maybe misunderstand all this but oh well I’ll keep doing it for the month of Dec. and pick something less crazy next time, did you check it out or not?
    Cheers!

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  3. Hi Helen! So funny thing? I haven’t joined you on this hop for months and saw your prompt and immediately thought of Sara Bareille’s song Brave – which is what I posted. Then I see your share is her too. Now I admit, I’ve never heard any other songs from her other than the one I’ve posted. And this one is stunning. I may now have to go out and really invest in a singer for the first time in a long while.

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