Taylor Swift: Love Story Meaning
Song Released: 2008
Love Story Lyrics
I close my eyes and the flashback starts:
I'm standing there on a balcony in winter air.
See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns.
See you make your way through the crowd
anonymous Nov 17th, 2008 11:03pm report
I read this in an interview of hers. One of her favorite plays was Romeo and Juliet. She sang the song about them and gave them the happy ending they deserved. (WHen he asks her to marry him at the end)
Well obviously it is almost like Romeo and Juliet. She and the man she loves can not see each other because her dad tells him that he can't (And my daddy said stay away from Juliet). But in the end he ends up asking her to marry him ( and pulled out a ring and said marry me Juliet).
anonymous Nov 18th, 2008 11:21pm report
I think its like romeo and Juliet obviously but that she is having a flashback of her former life because in the music video its modern and then it goes to her in a old fashioned dress.
anonymous Nov 9th, 2013 11:28am report
About love. Sometimes things/people get in the way and try to stop love. In the end love prevails you cannot stop the heart from wanting. We have no control over what the heart wants.
anonymous Jul 5th, 2012 7:28am report
She said in a 60 minutes interview she wrote the song about a guy she was dating that her parents didn't like because they 'thought he was a creep' & she said 'so naturally you compare yourself to Romeo & juliet'.
She was asked if he was a creep & she said yes he was & they were right, but she didn't see that at the time.
She also said that she kept having "and you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles & my daddy said stay away from Juliet' stuck in her head & worked the song around that.
anonymous May 31st, 2012 5:52pm report
I think this song is meant to relate to Romeo and Juliet also. Them falling in love at first sight, angry father keeps them from getting together. Taylor probably met a boy and fell in love with him but couldn't go out with him.
anonymous Apr 22nd, 2012 4:36am report
I think its because one of her favorite plays was Romeo and Juliet. She sang the song about them and gave them the happy ending they deserved.
anonymous Feb 7th, 2012 2:45am report
While this song most certainly is an innocent portrayal of a mellow dramatic adolescent romance, the use of "scarlet letter" expands the alligorical context quite possibly changing the meaning of "daddy" as well.
Also, the "party" where they first fall in love, considering "ball gowns" could implicate a formal setting where falling in love was possible through subtlety, hence "throwing stones." Little did she know that she had fallen deeply in love in a setting not conductive of such and so they go some place to be alone...to the garden where on the balcony in summer air she fully recognizes the extent of her feelings.
They escape from the city to a place where nature could reflect what had already been established and where what had taken root in their hearts could flourish just enough to have them wait for eachother.
They part ways because their love is forbidden which can be very difficult to recover from the loss when the decision to part is a moral one and not one dictated by the heart. Who knows. Perhaps Juliet was in a moment of transition with plans to leave but not quite there yet and Romeo understands. He waits for her; for the right time because he would not have her wear a scarlet letter, he would rather have her in white.
So, she waits for him but wonders if he still feels the same after much time has passed, "is this in my head I don't know what to think." Having talked to the "dad" just means that instead of running from reality, he confronts it thus attempting to make a situation that has the potential to damage who knows how many people less severe when the right time comes. But the question remains...do people really wait? Or is it just a story?
anonymous Jan 26th, 2012 1:08am report
i agree with all those who talk about the previous life
anonymous Jan 7th, 2012 1:49pm report
actually i think the beginning bit is when she sees a boy she has a crush on and shes saying their love is like romeo and juliets where they cant see each other because of their parents but taylor has clearly made their ending different and instead of dying they get married with the parents permission so shes saying their love isnt completely like romeo and juliets their love will continue and never die.
anonymous Dec 30th, 2011 12:17pm report
I heard in an interveiw that it's about a boy she liked. He was a creep and hr dad wouldn't let her date him.
anonymous Nov 15th, 2011 11:50am report
I think love story is just about t swift falling in love with this man but t swift's dad doesn't let her be with romeo. Just like William Shakespeare's ( i think thts how u spell it!) script " Romeo and Juliet" . Please don't give me bad comments. =D
anonymous Sep 17th, 2011 9:06pm report
This song is about Taylor, who was in love with someone but her parents didn't agree with her loving him. She immediatly thought of Romeo and Juliet, and the lyrics: 'That you were Romeo, You were throwing pebbles' but she didn't know yet where to put it in the song.
anonymous Jun 17th, 2011 6:13pm report
As said in an interview, the song was purly fantasy, also said before, her favorite play is Romeo and Juliet, She's not a fan of sad endings and broken hearts, (Yet it seems thats all she expiereiences)She wanted to write a happy song to make listeners believe fairytales can happen...but not always in the version of Romeo and Juliet
What this song is about is a comparison to Romeo & Juliet. Society doesn't want them to be together. The figurative meaning to this song is comparing their love to the love of Romeo and Juliet: in real life, people are trying to keep the apart when they really want to be together.
anonymous May 25th, 2011 5:43am report
Romeo and Juliet isn't a story of forbidden love! It's about two dumbass teenagers who get married a day after they meet, then because they think there parents will get mad at them they go to way too much trouble to hide it, then kill themselves.
But if Taylor Swift goes through the same thing Romeo and Juliet did, she would be dead...
anonymous May 17th, 2011 5:13pm report
It's the non tragic version of romeo and juliet.
Lacie Young Feb 28th, 2011 2:07pm report
The Scarlet letter reference is only a simile to the disdain the Montagues and the Capulets hold for one another. Basically she is saying because they come from two separate worlds, if the lovers were together it would be frowned upon with such intensity it would be like wearing a scarlet letter; that SHE would be HIS scarlet letter. She is simply writing a love story in her head. She sees a guy that maybe she thinks is in a different league than her or "taboo" in some way yet she falls for him. She is comparing their romance to that of Romeo and Juliet (which is the greatest and most well known example of star-crossed love) because there is some circumstance that she foresees will inhibit their love. She's only dreaming of that fairytale, irrevocable, unconditional love story every young girl longs to have and giving it the Hollywood happy ending that is hoped for.
More Taylor Swift song meanings »
Submit Your Interpretation
|I Will Wait||anonymous|
|There Goes My Life||anonymous|
|Breathe (2 AM)||anonymous|
|Over My Dead Body||anonymous|
|Stay With Me||anonymous|
|Fix My Eyes||anonymous|
|This Love, This Hate||anonymous|