"How You Get The Girl" as written by Taylor Swift, Johan Schuster and Max Martin....
(Oh oh oh)
(Oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh)
(Oh oh)

Stand there like a ghost
Shaking come the rain, rain
She'll open up the door
And say, are you insane, -ane?

Say it's been a long six months (Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh)
And you were too afraid to tell her what you want, want (Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh)

And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl

And then you say
I want you for worse or for better
I would wait for ever and ever
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together
I would wait for ever and ever

And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl, oh
And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl

Remind her how it used to be, be
Yeah, with pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks, cheeks
Tell her how you must've lost your mind (Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh)
When you left her all alone and never told her why, why (Oh oh oh, oh oh oh, oh oh, oh oh)

And that's how it works
That's how you lost the girl

And now you say
I want you for worse or for better
I would wait for ever and ever (Ever and ever)
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together
I would wait for ever and ever

And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl, oh
And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl, yeah

And you could know, oh
That I don't want you to go

Remind me how it used to be
Pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks
And say you want me, yeah, yeah

And then you say I want you for worse or for better (Worse or for better)
I would wait for ever and ever (Ever and ever)
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together
I would wait for ever and ever (I want you for ever and ever)

And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl, oh
(That's how it works) And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl, oh (Get the girl)

(It's how it works) And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl, oh
And that's how it works
It's how you get the girl, girl, oh

And that's how it works
That's how you got the girl


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"How You Get the Girl" as written by Max Martin Taylor Swift

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    General CommentI think that this song is originally perceived as very happy and lovey dovey but when you think about it, it's almost ironic. This guy is the same guy that left her all alone and never told her why, but he's singing about how he messed up. While the idea is cute and romantic, it's a lot darker because this guy did hurt her, and the only thing she has are his words that he'll love her, and guys will say anything. Just a thought lol
    xoxofitzgeraldon February 16, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is soon to become the background track to every guy's proposal/engagement or wedding videos!
    bigtakeshion November 18, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe song works as an advice to a guy who wants to get a girlback. She suggests better tactics than the ones her former lovers seemed to have used on her, described in songs like “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.
    amirbeon January 03, 2015   Link
  • 0
    Song FactThis song explains to you (the listener) how you get The Girl.
    creykon October 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"How You Get the Girl": I literally listened to the album four times before I even noticed this song was on here. I forget it almost instantly. It sounds like a buffer episode of "Gilmore Girls," in timeliness and tone and activity. Grade: C
    amirbeon November 17, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think there's definitely some sarcasm in this song. The lines "And that's how it works, that's how you get the girl" after each verse are delivered a little bit regretfully, almost with an implied sigh of "yes... that's how it works... that's how you get the girl..."

    The fact that the chorus which is repeated has the line "Broke your heart" makes me think that it's important, almost that we need reminding that he screwed up originally.

    I think overall this song is supposed to be a critique of the very formulaic Nicholas Sparks-esque romance. The idea that someone can screw up completely but as long as he says something nice and cutesy sounding he gets forgiven in the end and gets what he wants.

    The main point of this song is likely to warn about this kind of romance and to avoid falling for a guy who just says nice things when needed just to get what he wants at the time.

    In addition, the line in the bridge "And say you want me" probably means that there is/was a guy in Taylor's life who screwed up and that while Taylor knows she needs to move on as a result deep down she would still be willing to take him back in a heartbeat if he did the aforementioned things.
    Liva148on April 20, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI love how this song builds,"And that's how it works,that's how you get/lost/got the girl."The first chorus has a good sound,the second chorus has that "wiir wiir wiir",then the third chorus has the prominent background vocals. Ugh! It's so good! This song could've been basic and childish if it weren't for how she sings it. It sounds so heartfelt,especially the part right before each chorus,and the ending just explodes into this chaos of happiness and gratitude that things worked out. I'm also a sucker for acoustic guitar bridges. I could only hope she releases this as a single; I've imagined a video for this too many times for her not to. <3
    Toonlink13on July 03, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think this is her best song and I hope we get a music video out of it.
    tubonjics1on July 25, 2015   Link
  • -1
    General CommentThough it follows immediately after the very sedate “Wildest Dreams,” “How You Get the Girl” is perhaps the most chipper song on the album. Built over strumming acoustic guitars, it’s also the one that sounds the most like Red. (Or her older material, though—with the now inevitable bleeps and bloops—that’s more of a stretch.) Addressed to a hesitant, unsure lover, the titular method for getting the girl is (spoiler alert!) actually quite old-fashioned: Profess that you’ll love her “For worse or for better … forever and ever.”
    amirbeon October 26, 2014   Link

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