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She Used to Be Mine Lyrics

[JENNA]
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 to be, although it's true
I was never attention's sweet center
But 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 a back door
And carves out a person
And makes you believe it's all true

And now I've got you

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 that girl that I knew

Who was reckless just enough
Who gets 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
Getting 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
Oh, 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

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About “She Used to Be Mine”

The centerpiece of the show, following the loss of the money she was going to use to enter the pie contest in the previous song, “Dear Baby”, Jenna is at the peak of her pregnancy and she is reflecting on the disconnect she feels between who she was and who she is now.

Jenna sings in a third person perspective for much of the song, almost as if she doesn’t recognize herself and that she is a different woman entirely, and she longs for who she was before the catastrophic things that have happened in her life. She feels utterly broken and feels as if she can no longer pick herself back up as she once did.

This show stopper number is then followed by “Everything Changes” where she gives birth to her child and finds her purpose.

“She Used to Be Mine” also was released as a single by composer Sara Bareilles and is featured on her album “What’s Inside: Songs From Waitress” and made it to #49 on the Billboard Charts for Digital Song Sales in October 2015.

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