"Love Story" as written by and Taylor Swift....
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 summer air

See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns
See you make your way through the crowd
And say hello

Little did I know
That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet"
And I was crying on the staircase
Begging you, please, don't go

And I said,
"Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting, all that's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story, baby just say yes

So I sneak out to the garden to see you
We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew
So close your eyes, escape this town for a little while
'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter
And my daddy said "Stay away from Juliet"
But you were everything to me, I was begging you, please, don't go

And I said Romeo take me somewhere we can be alone
I'll be waiting, all there's left to do is run
You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
It's a love story baby just say yes

Romeo save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel
This love is difficult, but it's real
Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess
It's a love story, baby just say "Yes"

Oh, oh

I got tired of waiting
Wondering if you were ever coming around
My faith in you was fading
When I met you on the outskirts of town

And I said
"Romeo save me, I've been feeling so alone
I keep waiting for you but you never come
Is this in my head? I don't know what to think"

He knelt to the ground and pulled out a ring and said
"Marry me, Juliet, you'll never have to be alone
I love you and that's all I really know
I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
It's a love story, baby just say yes"

Oh, oh,
Oh, oh

'Cause we were both young when I first saw you.


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"Love Story" as written by Taylor Swift

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  • +4
    General CommentI feel like this song is an alternate ending to the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Taylor is just taking the sad elements out of the story and making them happy. She's sortof fixing the story by writing out what would have happened if the two hadn't committed suicide. There are a lot of lines in the first part of the song that seem like they're pretty specific to the story.

    "We were both young when I first saw you"---Romeo and Juliet were both teenagers when they met and fell in love

    "I'm standing there On a balcony in summer air"---The balcony scene

    "See the lights, see the party, the ballgowns"---The two met at a costume ball hosted by the Capulets

    "See you make your way through the crowd And say hello"---Romeo pursued Juliet at the ball after seeing how beautiful she was

    "And my daddy said, Stay away from Juliet,"---The Capulets and the Montagues had an ancient feud which forbade them from loving each other. Juliet's father disapproved of Juliet's love for Romeo and arranged a marriage for her with another man.

    "So I sneak out to the garden to see you We keep quiet 'cause we're dead if they knew"---could be talking about the balcony scene again when Juliet sneaks out to talk to Romeo and warns him to be quiet because if her family were to find out they would kill Romeo.

    "They're trying to tell me how to feel This love is difficult, but it's real"---Juliet's family told her that she couldn't love a Montague because of the feud. This made their love difficult because it was forbidden.

    "So close your eyes Escape this town for a little while"---pretend that they're not in Verona and in that situation so that they could be in love and get married.

    I think when she uses the term "scarlet letter" she doesn't actually mean she's an adulterer. I think she's just saying that she is and embarrassment to her family. Juliet was cut off from her family midway through the play when she refused her father's 'generosity' by not accepting the marriage he had arranged for her.

    freezehourcaston December 09, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commentcute :) meaning's pretty obv though haha
    snappx087on September 09, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentawww =)

    this song makes me happy. and it makes me think of somebody that makes me happy =)
    FALLINGforHIM1994on September 10, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe scarlett letter part i finally figured it out, well my mom did, and it makes sense

    well wen sumone gets a scarlett letter they are like shundown and shouldnt be talked to or see u know. well her father tells the boy that his daughter is a scarlett letter so they wont talk because the father doesnt want then to be together. she really doesnt have a scarlett letter but he wants the boy to think of her as oen so they wont be together and the boy will think she is a bad girl or sumthing.
    drunknboxing7619on January 16, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is one of those popular misconceptions about Romeo and Juliet. Everyone's like, "Oh, Romeo and Juliet. How sweet. The perfect love story." Um, no. Shakespeare didn't intend it that way. The whole theme is about how their youth and inexperience made them rush too quickly. Juliet tried to tell Romeo in the balcony scene that the whole thing was moving too fast. Friar Laurence told Romeo that people who run fast stumble. He told him that those who love violently have violent ends. Romeo and Juliet are not models for teenagers. Were their deaths their fault? No, because they were too young to understand, and because if their parents weren't feuding they could court and marry the right way.

    But people misinterpret the play because of songs like this. Plus, now when I read Romeo and Juliet, I get this song stuck in my head. It's catchy, but it gets really annoying after awhile and ruins Shakespeare's beautiful story for me, so thank you, Taylor Swift, thank you SOOOOO much.
    RosesAndRuffleson February 24, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAfter watching the video, I think she feels like she and a new boy have had a love in the past [I'm talking lifetimes ago], and she's convincing the boy in the present that they belong together, which is what the chorus is.

    "We were both young when I first saw you," also could be that they met lifetimes ago, thus being "young."
    "So close your eyes, escape this town for a little while," sounds like she's telling him to close his eyes and see the flashback that she started in the first verse.
    Also, the part that says "I got tired of waiting...," makes me think about the old stories [Romeo & Juliet, A Scarlet Letter] because it didn't work out for them, and she's saying that now it's going to work out between them, he just needs to understand.
    mooseareawesomeon September 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's just a teenage girl wanting her own fairytale. Someone to save her, someone to love her unconditionally, someone who makes her daddy love him. She's a dreamer, let's face it. (Not a bad thing)
    shewaitsxxon September 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentreally good observation to whoever made the check yes juliet reference
    snappx087on September 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song.
    even though the references to the unhappy people
    it's still a great song.

    BUT... i also think it sends kids[girls especially]
    that their is a love out there that is perfect,
    and although that may be true,
    not everything about love is as easy as it seems
    in this song says that love is perfect, and easy
    and sometimes true love is, but not everyone can
    find it like that. Sometimes it's just not that
    easy.
    Andilynon January 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think that this song is for a girl who is trying not to fall in love with someone, so this is a last call to her true love.
    But as we can see in the last line, Romeo never shows up.

    Cute but sad song.
    ptt21on February 03, 2009   Link

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