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Taylor Swift: Love Story Meaning

Song Released: 2008

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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...


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    Dec 17th, 2010 12:15pm report

    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.


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    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?


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    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)


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    Jan 6th, 1:58pm report

    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.


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    Dec 12th, 12:21pm report

    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.


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    Nov 16th, 11:41pm report

    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


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    Sep 23rd, 9:01am report

    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


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    Aug 1st, 8:59pm report

    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


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    Jul 29th, 2018 7:55am report

    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!


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    Oct 19th, 2017 10:02pm report

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


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    May 31st, 2015 5:23pm report

    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)


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    Jan 26th, 2012 1:08am report

    i agree with all those who talk about the previous life


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    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.


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    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.

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