Sara Bareilles ~ She used to be mine

“She used to be mine” by Sara Bareilles is one of my forever favorites song.

Every girl should be listening to “She used to be mine”.

It is such a tender and breathlessly warm song, yet also an introspective sad song about who she used to be and the one she became now misses her old self. It speaks so many messages and meanings revealing tenderness, hurt, sadness and warmth.

the message behind sarah bareilles she used to be mine

As Sara Bareilles herself said:

“I was coming from the closest place in myself.

I think everybody can relate to the idea that no matter where you ended up, you ended up different than you thought you would be.

We all have to reconcile the differences with who you thought you would become, and who you actually ended up to be.”

It was written for the Broadway musical: “The Waitress”.

“She Used to be Mine” is about a young waitress with an abusive husband wondering how she got so disconnected from who she used to be. But here’s what its lyrics mean to me, and what I feel they can speak to any girl who is struggling, anywhere.

Earlier this month singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles revealed she had recovered from Covid-19 and was “grateful for every breath.” The song comes strong once more in her life experience.

Sara’s smart, empathetic songwriting continues to be a favorite and some have even proclaimed her as the serenader of lesbian proposals.

I am so happy we will be able to hear more from her in the future.

Her experience it’s a reminder that this pandemic is far from over and also does not care if you are a superstar or a normal human being.

The power of music is boundless, and Bareilles proves that here. In the midst of the most trying stages of life, the most confusing seasons, and the moments when we don’t even recognize the face in the mirror, I believe that a simple song could truly be something to soothe our souls and to maybe even remind us who we are.

Listen to this beautiful song:

 

 

Lyrics

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 girlShe’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 mineIt’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 knewWho’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

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Sara Bareilles

She Used to Be Mine lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

Sources:

https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Sara-Bareilles-Shares-The-Story-Behind-She-Used-To-Be-Mine-20190405

https://www.theodysseyonline.com/she-used-to-be-mine-2624618949

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