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Poetry Friday: She Used To Be Mine by Sara Bareilles

October 2nd, 2015 (06:00 am)
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Current Song: She Used To Be Mine by Sara Bareilles

It's not simple to say
Most days I don't recognize me
These shoes and this apron
This place and its patrons
Have taken more than I gave them

It's not easy to know
I'm not anything that I used to 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

And it's not what I asked for
Sometimes life just slips in through 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 it used to be mine

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

- She Used to Be Mine from the musical Waitress, written by Sara Bareilles



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Posted by: Jama Rattigan (jamarattigan)
Posted at: October 2nd, 2015 03:18 pm (UTC)

Beautiful song! Didn't realize there was a "Waitress" musical. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 2nd, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)

Such a lovely song!

Have you seen the film?

Here's more about the musical:
http://www.waitressonstage.com/
https://twitter.com/WaitressMusical

Posted by: Jama Rattigan (jamarattigan)
Posted at: October 3rd, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)

I love the movie! Keri Russell, right? I mean PIES!! :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 3rd, 2015 02:47 pm (UTC)

Yes!

Posted by: cb hanek (cb hanek)
Posted at: October 3rd, 2015 07:57 pm (UTC)
Many thanks!

Thanks so much for sharing the lyrics to "She Used to Be Mine" from the musical Waitress, written by Sara Bareilles. Sentiment so reminds me of powerful undercover memoir/expose: Nickled and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America...
http://www.amazon.com/Nickel-Dimed-Not-Getting-America/dp/0312626681/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1443901534&sr=8-1&keywords=nickled+and+dimed

It's always a treat when lyrics read like a well-written thought-and-emotion-provocative poem. Thanks again!

Posted by: Mary Lee Hahn (Mary Lee Hahn)
Posted at: October 4th, 2015 12:56 pm (UTC)

I love this musical version of a letter to one's younger self!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 4th, 2015 03:43 pm (UTC)

Me too.

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