Fresh Out the Slammer
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Now pretty baby I′m runnin back home to you
Fresh out the slammer
I know who my first call will be to ...
Fresh out the slammer

Another summer, taking cover
Rolling thunder, he don't understand me
Splintered back in winter
Silent dinners, bitter
He was with her in dreams
Gray and blue and fights and tunnels
Handcuffed to the spell I was under
For just one hour of sunshine
Years of labor, locks and ceilings
In the shade of how he was feeling
But it′s gonna be alright. I did my time.

Now pretty baby I'm runnin back home to you
Fresh out the slammer
I know who my first call will be to ...
Fresh out the slammer

Camera flashes, welcome bashes
Get the matches, toss the ashes off the ledge
As I said in my letters, now that I know better
I will never lose my baby again
My friends tried but I wouldn't hear it
Watched me daily disappearing
For just one glimpse of his smile
All those nights you kept me going
Swirled you into all of my poems
Now we′re at the starting line
I did my time.

Now pretty baby I′m running
To the house where you still wait up
And that porch light gleams
To the one who says
I'm the girl of his American Dreams
And no matter what I′ve done
It wouldn't matter anyway
Ain′t no way I'm gonna screw up
Now that I know what′s at stake
Here. At the park where we used to sit on children's swings
Wearing imaginary rings ...




But it's gonna be alright.
I did my time ...

Overall Meaning

In the song, "Fresh Out the Slammer" by Taylor Swift, the lyrics depict a sense of redemption and return to a loved one after a period of incarceration. The singer expresses their desire to reunite with their significant other, emphasizing the immediacy of reaching out to them as soon as they are released from prison. The repeated refrain "Fresh out the slammer" underscores the theme of liberation and starting anew.


The lyrics delve into the emotional turmoil experienced during the singer's time in confinement. References to challenges faced, such as silent dinners and bitter memories, along with vivid imagery of gray and blue fights and tunnels, illustrate the tumultuous inner struggles and conflicts endured. The mention of being handcuffed to a spell and being under a shadow of negativity allude to the emotional and psychological burden carried during this difficult period.


As the singer reminisces on moments with their loved one, memories of struggles and hardships are juxtaposed with a hopeful outlook for the future. The imagery of camera flashes and welcome bashes, alongside pledging never to lose their partner again, signifies a newfound appreciation for the relationship and a determination to cherish it moving forward. The acknowledgment of past mistakes and the resolve to not repeat them further highlight the transformative journey of self-discovery and growth during the time apart.


The concluding verses bring the narrative full circle, depicting the singer running back to their partner, eager to reconcile and rebuild their life together. The lyrics echo themes of resilience, forgiveness, and the unbreakable bond between two individuals. The imagery of returning to familiar places and cherished memories, such as the park where they once spent time together, symbolizes a fresh start and a commitment to a better future. Overall, the song encapsulates a journey of redemption, reconciliation, and the enduring power of love and connection despite past hardships.


Line by Line Meaning

Now pretty baby I′m runnin back home to you
Returning to you, my dear, after being released from prison


Fresh out the slammer
Just released from jail


I know who my first call will be to ...
I am aware that my initial contact will be with you


Another summer, taking cover
Choosing to be protected during another season


Rolling thunder, he don't understand me
He does not comprehend the intensity of my feelings


Splintered back in winter
Broken down emotionally during winter


Silent dinners, bitter
Uncommunicative meals, filled with resentment


He was with her in dreams
He was mentally present with another person


Gray and blue and fights and tunnels
Depressing and confining emotions and conflicts


Handcuffed to the spell I was under
Bound by the enchantment that entrapped me


For just one hour of sunshine
Longing for a brief moment of happiness


Years of labor, locks and ceilings
Hard work, restrictions, and confinements endured over time


In the shade of how he was feeling
In the shadow of his emotional state


But it′s gonna be alright. I did my time.
Everything will be fine. I have served my sentence.




Writer(s): Taylor Swift, Jack Michael Antonoff

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@icywavs

To everyone who's studying with this song, here's a little checklist:

• A bottle of water. Your brain works better if it has enough water and drinking helps you to concentrate 💦

• Your charger. You sometimes don't even notice that your device's battery is going down, so better have it plugged in all the time ⚡

• Your headphones. You will be able to focus more
with headphones because it blocks background noises. Also, if it's a late night study session, you won't wake up anyone 🎧

• Tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Coffee keeps you awake, green or black tea can make you feel more awake as well ☕

• Your study/work stuff: your laptop/tablet/ phone,
a few pens, paper or whatever you need 📚

Remember to take breaks whenever you need along with moving your body around a bit so you're not always sitting! Have a beautiful day/night ✨



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@yay333

Ready for it: So I'll take my time

Fresh out the slammer: I did my time

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@pedroalves5232

2019: "Paper Rings"
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@rachelcooperful

her sings
brings us rings

@sofiarays

Matty Healy: “We get married, in our heads.”💔

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Invisible Strings as well😢😢

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