Brought Up That Way
  • Brought Up That Way
  • Taylor Swift
  • Before Fame

Emily comes home from school

Grabs onto her daddy’s hand

He says:  “Baby girl, what’s wrong with you?”

She says: “Please, don’t make me go back there again”

She said: “I wish there was some way to make them stop it”

So he drives down to the principal’s office and says:

“I didn’t bring her up so they could cut her down

I didn’t bring her here so they could shot her out

I live my whole damn life to see that little girl’s smile

So why are tears pouring down that sweet face?

She wasn’t brought up that way”

Emily’s home late again

He sees that boy drive away

Oh, but something’s different this time

She doesn’t have too much to say

She said: “He tried but there’s just something’s I won’t do”

And through the tears she said: “I couldn’t do that to you”

And he said:

“I didn’t bring you up so he could wear you down

Take that innocent heart and turn it inside out

I live my whole damn life to see my little girl’s smile

So don’t let nobody take that away

You weren’t brought up that way”

The phone rings on a rainy night

Says: “it’s officer Tate”

He says: “Sir, there’s been an accident.

You better come down here right away

A drunken driver missed an over pass

And Emily -she’s fading fast”

He says:

“God, I didn’t bring her up to watch them lay her down

Nearly killed me the day they put her momma in the ground

Only thing that kept me alive was that little girl’s smile

So please don’t take that away

It won’t be easy taking her today

She wasn’t brought up that way”

He stands over the hospital’s bed

Emily opens her eyes.