What does Taylor Swift write on her arms during concerts?

Taylr Swift lyrics on her arm
Taylor Swift may not have the strongest singing voice in the biz, but she nails emotion and presentation like nobody’s business. Only amplifying her endearing sincerity are the song lyrics (not her own) Taylor sharpies on her arm before each concert performance. They’re a testament to her music knowledge and ear for a good lyric.

Below is an list of the quotes and phrases (along with places and dates) that inspired Taylor so much in 2011 that she wrote them on her body:

May 21, 2011- Nashville, TN – You’ve got every right to a beautiful life“Who Says” by Selena Gomez
May 27, 2011- Omaha, NE – You gotta keep your head up but you can let your hair down – “Keep Your Head Up” by Andy Grammer
May 28, 2011- Omaha, NE – I recommend getting your heart trampled to anyone“You Learn” by Alanis Morisette
May 29, 2011- Des Moines, IA – Cinderella said to Snow White how did love get so off course?“This Kiss” by Faith Hill
June 2, 2011- Ft. Lauderdale, FL – And for one desperate moment there he crept back in her memory“American Girl” by Tom Petty
June 3, 2011- Ft. Lauderdale, FL – It took a while to understand the beauty of just letting go“Let Him Fly” by the Dixie Chicks
June 4, 2011- Orlando, FL – I guess were all just one phone call from our knees  – “Closer to Love” by Mat Kearney
June 7, 2011- Columbus, OH – One life, you got to do what you should“One” by U2
June 8, 2011- Milwaukee, WI – I slept in castles and fell in love because I was taught to dream“Fireflies” by Faith Hill
June 11, 2011- Detroit, MI – You better lose yourself in the music“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
June 12, 2011- Nashville, TN –  Remember me in ribbons and curls … Love, your baby girl“Baby Girl” by Sugarland
June 14, 2011- St.Paul, MN – Love has a thousand faces – “1000 Faces” by  Randy Montanta
June 15, 2011- St.Paul, MN – A moment, a love, a dream, a laugh, a kiss, a cry, our rights, our wrongs. – “Sweet Disposition” by The Temper Trap
June 18, 2011- Pittsburgh, PA – Where I was born, where I was raised. Where I keep all my yesterdays.“My Town” by Montgomery Gentry
June 21, 2011- Buffalo, NY –  I am just a dreamer, but you are just a dream“Like A Hurricane” by Neil Young.
June 22, 2011- Hartford, CT – Cause when I close my eyes I’m somewhere with you. – “Somewhere With You” by Kenny Chesney
June 25, 2011 – Boston, MA – She said I think I’ll go to Boston.“Boston” by Augustana
June 26, 2011- Boston, MA – Like love from a drunken sky, she’s confetti falling down all night.“She’s My Kind of Rain” by Tim Mcgraw
June 30, 2011- Greensboro, NC – And we are just breakable, breakable, breakable, girls and boys.“Breakable” by Ingrid Michaelson
July 1, 2011 – Knoxville, TN – You won’t be the songs that I could never write. – “Again” by needtobreathe
July 14, 2011- Montreal, Quebec – When you’re alone you ain’t nothing but alone.“When You’re Alone” by Bruce Springsteen
July 15, 2011- Toronto, Ontario – Money can’t buy you back the love that you had then. – “1234” by Feist
July 16, 2011- Toronto, Ontario – Doing all the things that I neglected, I traded them all in to be in your arms.“Gardenia” by Mandy Moore
July 19, 2011- Newark, NJ – Belief builds from scratch/Doesn’t have to relax/It doesn’t need space – “Belief” by Gavin Degraw
July 20, 2011- Newark, NJ – You’re someone else’s baby you’re someone else’s crazy, now. – “Queen Of (K)nots” by Matt Nathanson
July 23, 2011- Newark, NJ – I was only there to song your song. What were you protecting yourself from?“Mixtape” by Jimmy Eats World
July 24, 2011 – Newark, NJ – It’s been a long hot summer, And I’m still trying to leave you alone“Love Lost” by Mindy Smith
July 28, 2011 – Grand Rapids, MI – We all learn to make mistakes and run from them“Misguided Ghosts” by Paramore
July 29, 2011 – Indianapolis, IN – He looked just like you’d want him to/Some kind of slick chrome American prince.“A Dustland Fairytale” by The Killers
July 30, 2011 – Cleveland, OH – Don’t know why I’m still afraid If you weren’t real I would make you up“Honey & The Moon” by Joseph Arthur
August 2, 2011 – Washington DC – I guess to build yourself up so high you had to take her and break her down“Stupid Boy” by Keith Urban
August 3, 2011 – Washington DC – I dream of things that were, and ask why not? – quote from Robert F. Kennedy
August 6, 2011 – Philadelphia, PA – Cause I live and breathe this Philadelphia Freedom“Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John
August 9, 2011 – Chicago, IL – And up in the air they would write your name there, but love would fall to pieces in the rain“Christina” by Patty Griffin
August 10, 2011 – Chicago, IL – If you want to be somebody else, change your mind“Change Your Mind” by Sister Hazel
August 13, 2011 – St. Louis, MO – I got a really good heart, I just can’t catch a break“Two” by Ryan Adams
August 14, 2011 – St. Louis, MO – And the hardest part was letting go, not taking part“The Hardest Part” by Coldplay
August 18, 2011 – Edmonton, Canada – Find the grace in all the things that you can’t change And help somebody, if you can – “Help Somebody” by Van Zant
August 19, 2011 – Edmonton, Canada – Hey brother, we’re all learning to love again“Learning To Love Again” by Mat Kearney
August 23, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – Don’t worry baby Everything will turn out alright“Don’t Worry Baby” by The Beach Boys
August 24, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – But my heart cried out for you, California“California” by Joni Mitchell
August 27, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA –  Love actually is all around – quoted by David (Hugh Grant) in the movie Love, Actually
August 28, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – I wish that I could have this moment for life“Moment 4 Life” by Nicki Minaj feat Drake
September 1, 2011 – San Jose, CA – After all that we’ve been through I know we’re cool“Cool” by Gwen Stefani
September 2, 2011 – San Jose, CA – For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while“Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” by Green Day
September 3, 2011 – Sacramento, CA – Tell me everything I want to hear like that was your favorite year“Favorite Year” by The Dixie Chicks
September 6, 2011 -Portland, OR – You’re just somewhere that I’ve been, and I won’t go back again“Ghost Of You” by Selena Gomez And The Scene
September 7, 2011 – Tacoma, WA – You are the ever-living ghost of what once was“No One’s Gonna Love You” by Band of Horses
September 10, 2011 – Vancouver, BC – There was always something that meant more to you than me – “There’s More To Me Than You” by Jessica Andrews
September 11, 2011 – Vancouver, BC – Where were you when the World Stopped Turning – “Where Were You (When the world Stopped Turning)” by Alan Jackson
September 16, 2011 – Nashville, TN – Be a best friend, tell the truth and overuse ‘I love you’“Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice
September 17, 2011 – Nashville, TN – This one’s for the girls who love without holding back“This One’s For The Girls” by Martina McBride
September 20, 2011 – Bossier, LA – Love, save the empty and save me. – “Love, Save the Empty” by Erin McCarley
September 21, 2011 – Tulsa, OK – Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face“Do You Realize??” by The Flaming Lips
September 24, 2011 – Kansas City, MO – I hope you know that even if I don’t, I wanted to“Even If I Don’t” by Rachael Yamagata
September 27, 2011 – Denver, CO – But it flew away from her reach So she ran away in her sleep and dreamed of paradise“Paradise” by Coldplay
September 28, 2011 – Salt Lake City, UT – Little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride – “The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
October 1, 2011 – Atlanta, GA – Just as free, free as we’ll ever be“Free” by Zac Brown Band
October 2, 2011 – Atlanta, GA –  No telling where it’ll take you, just live your life“Live Your Life” by T.I. (feat Rihanna)
October 4, 2011 –  Little Rock, AK – It’s easy saying nothing when there’s nothing to say. – “Fade Like A Shadow” by KT Tunstall
October 5, 2011 – New Orleans, LA – She’s out there on her own, and she’s alright“Sunny Came Home” by Shawn Colvin
October 8, 2011 – Dallas, TX – A little voice inside my head said, ‘Don’t look back. You can never look back’“Boys Of Summer” by Don Henley
October 11, 2011 – Louisville, KY – Though autumn’s advancing, we’ll stay young, go dancing. – “Stay Young, Go Dancing” by Death Cab for Cutie
October 14, 2011 – Lubbock, TX – Can you still feel the butterflies? Can you still hear the last goodnight?“For Me This is Heaven” by Jimmy Eat World
October 15, 2011 – Oklahoma City, OK I hope to God I would’ve done something good with my life.“My Life” by Doc Walker
October 20, 2011 – San Diego, CA Memories fade like looking through a fogged mirror.” – “Kids” by MGMT
October 21, 2011 – Phoenix, AZ May angels lead you in. Hear you me my friends.“Hear You Me” by Jimmy Eat World
October 22, 2011 – Phoeniz, AZ You know you’re doing better on your own, so don’t buy in.“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
October 25, 2011 – San Antonio, TX Where love is just a lyric in a children’s rhyme, a sound bite.“Is It Any Wonder?” by Keane
October 26, 2011 – Austin, TX And I never saw blue like that before across the sky around the world”Never Saw Blue Like That” by Shawn Colvin (originally by Melissa Errico)
October 29, 2011 – Lexington Cause happiness throws a shower of sparks“Happiness” by The Fray

Most of these quotes are significant to the city. There’s the obvious “Boston,” and Swift wrote a lyric from “My Town” when she visited her hometown of Pittsburgh. They also show she’s got some eclectic music tastes, and ff you put all these together, they make for a pretty interesting iTunes playlist. If you’ve got aaccount, you can listen to the MOG playlist we set up for Taylor’s lyrics here. (Note, it’s missing Mandy Moore’s “Gardenia” and Coldplay’s “Paradise” because the songs are not available on MOG.)

Here she is in Nashville June 12 with this quote: “Remember me in ribbons and curls … Love, your baby girl“Baby Girl” by Sugarland

PHOTOS: Judy Eddy/WENN.com

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