What does Love Story mean?

Taylor Swift: Love Story Meaning

Album cover for Love Story album cover

Song Released: 2008

Love Story Lyrics

We were both young when I first saw you.
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
and say...


    #1 top rated interpretation:
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    Dec 17th 2010 !⃝

    You guys are missing the point. Were supposed to be interpretating(I think that's how you spell it)taylor's point of view and what she was thinking of when she wrote this song. I love taylor and I've uncovered her secret message in Love Story. If I recall correctly, it said something like "Hope I have one one day". I think this is her wishing that something like this would happen to her and she would live happily ever after. Lot's of girls,(including me and taylor) dream about falling in love, getting married, and most of all, living happily ever after. Please, I am very young, and I tried my best, so no nasty comments please.


    #2 top rated interpretation:
    Lacie Young
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    Feb 28th 2011 !⃝

    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.


    #3 top rated interpretation:
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    Nov 17th 2008 !⃝

    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)

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 13th 2021 !⃝

    This song is about her love for socks. I mean who doesn’t love them but Taylor brings it to a new level. Her line “ So, I sneak out to the garden to see you. We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew. ” I too sneak out in the garden to view socks and if anyone knew I would be in so much trouble. I think it is a good thing to sing about. It makes people feel less bad for loving socks. Her line “ I keep waiting for you, but you never come.” my socks never come back from the washer. It really is sad. That is why I personally think this song is about socks and how she wants to marry them.

  5. anonymous
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    Jan 6th 2021 !⃝

    From what I remember, this song starts out in a campus and started with Taylor seeing some guy she likes. Most of the song is in a fantasy world and I'd say it's about Taylor's love for the guy and how much she loves him, but in reality they hardly know each other. I'd say it's how most people want some sort of happily ever but it sometimes only works out in their fantasies, but by the end of the song and in reality, they're friends and could possibly be together in the future.

  6. anonymous
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    Dec 12th 2020 !⃝

    I figured it out.

    This is a brilliant piece of literature here. What you're missing is that she is not singing about a teenage lover. Oh no, she is singing about an adult in the community, probably a teacher. A married teacher. Unfortunately for her, the singer, not necessarily the writer, even though in real life they are the same person they don't have to be, is that this was a well-loved teacher in the community. She is the scarlet letter for him, forever marking him with his shame but at the same time just as Hawthorne's heroine she is held to account and he gets away with it.The father goes after the adult at some point, warning him to stay away from his daughter. This has all the high melodrama of a quality lifetime movie network film.

    Taylor, anytime you need your lyrics to be reinterpreted to look brilliant, think about giving me a call. My rates are fairly low.

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2020 !⃝

    Taylor Swift has amazing vocals but in her music video she wore corset with the dress but it’s really beautiful because one of my friends are helping me for my music videos

  8. kailam
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    Sep 23rd 2020 !⃝

    This song is based off the movie Romeo and Juliet. It’s about two people who fall in love as soon as they meet. They don’t realise that they are two opposite people who are never meant to be together. There parents don’t like each other’s families but Juliet and Romeo still want to be together. They have a strong desire and love for one another and Romeo proposes to Juliet and she says yes even though they aren’t allowed to be married. Romeo got taken and expelled from his city and he came back when he found out his love was dead but was faking it just to see him. Romeo than poisons himself and kills himself and after Juliet seeing this she does the same and stabs herself. This is a true love story

  9. anonymous
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    Aug 1st 2020 !⃝

    I think to write about stories about people you love and sometimes when they get married but I saw my moms photo of her wedding dress and it seems like my friends wedding dress, it was so beautiful. I want to make that song to remind me of my parents getting married. Then the people can related to the story, and it reminds me of my life and characters like someone from gymnastics or high school musical. I’m in live with that show and it was so cool to see all the characters, and my favorite is e j. It was so special to my mom and her sister

  10. anonymous
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    Jul 29th 2018 !⃝

    I think the song is about love and very romantic song it looks the same way. But I will marry my friend Elijah. He’s a great guys, because it’s his first time meeting me, but it’s our anniversary today! Very exciting!

  11. anonymous
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    Oct 19th 2017 !⃝

    I think what she's trying to say is you can go through diffuculties but things always work out in the end

  12. anonymous
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    May 31st 2015 !⃝

    She was dating a guy her parents didn't like. So she compared them to Romeo and Juliet. It's basically a forbidden "Love Story". But it has a happy ending (unlike the Shakespeare original)

  13. anonymous
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    Nov 9th 2013 !⃝

    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.

  14. anonymous
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    Jul 5th 2012 !⃝

    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.

  15. anonymous
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    May 31st 2012 !⃝

    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.

  16. anonymous
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    Apr 22nd 2012 !⃝

    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.

  17. anonymous
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    Feb 7th 2012 !⃝

    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?

  18. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2012 !⃝

    i agree with all those who talk about the previous life

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