Love Story (Original Radio Mix
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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We were both young when I first saw you
I close my eyes and the flashback starts
I'm standing there
On the 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 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."

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
Oh, oh

'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, oh





'Cause we were both young when I first saw you

Overall Meaning

Taylor Swift's "Love Story" is one of her greatest hits that has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world. The song tells a romantic story of two young lovers who fall in love at first sight, despite their families' wrongful disapproval. The first two lines of the song, "We were both young when I first saw you. I close my eyes and the flashback starts," take us back to the moment when Taylor Swift met her dream man. The lyrics further explain how the two were at a party and met each other unexpectedly. The words "the balcony in summer air" give us a hint that the incident happened during a hot summer night.


As the story continues, we learn that the young man is Romeo, and Taylor Swift is Juliet, and her father forbids her from seeing him. The line "you were throwing pebbles" implies that Romeo is trying to get Juliet's attention by throwing pebbles at her window. There is also a sense of urgency when Taylor Swift begs Romeo not to go, declaring their love for one another. As the song progresses, Romeo proposes to Juliet, and they live "happily ever after."


The lyrics of "Love Story" offer us an excellent insight into the story of two young lovers struggling against their families' will. However, it is essential to remember that the song itself doesn't necessarily promote or glorify rash decisions like running away from home or disobeying one's parents. Rather, it is merely a work of entertainment with an enjoyable storyline that most people can relate to.


Line by Line Meaning

We were both young when I first saw you
When I first laid my eyes on you, we were both young and innocent, and we had no idea what the future held for us.


I close my eyes and the flashback starts
As I close my eyes, I can vividly picture that moment in the past when we first met, and all those special memories come flooding back to me.


I'm standing there
I am transported back in time to that balcony, where I was so nervous and shy, but also so excited to see you.


On the balcony in summer air
The warm summer air was all around us, heightening all the emotions that I felt as I gazed at you on that balcony.


See the lights, see the party, the ball gowns
I can still picture in my mind's eye the grand ballroom, filled with lights, music, and lavish ball gowns worn by all the beautiful people in attendance.


See you make your way through the crowd
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the party, I spotted you moving gracefully through the crowd like a prince.


And say, "Hello."
When you finally saw me, you smiled and said 'hello', which made my heart skip a beat.


Little did I know
At that moment, little did I know that you would become such an important part of my life and feature prominently in my heart and mind.


That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles
Later on, I found out you had thrown pebbles at my window, just like Romeo had done for Juliet, which made me see how much you truly cared for me.


And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet!"
Unfortunately, my father was not too thrilled to see us together, and he forbade us from spending time with each other.


And I was crying on the staircase
Feeling helpless and sad, I sat down on the staircase and burst into tears, thinking that we may never be able to be together.


Begging you, "Please don't go!"
With tears streaming down my face, I turned to you, begging you not to leave me and promising that our love would find a way to survive.


Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone
Desperate to be alone with you, I implored you to take me away to someplace where we could be together without any interference.


I'll be waiting, all there's left to do is run
I was ready to run away with you, without a second thought or a backward glance, ready to embrace the adventure that awaited us.


You'll be the prince and I'll be the princess
In my mind, you were the prince I had always dreamt of, and I was your princess, ready to take on the world with you by my side.


It's a love story, baby, just say, "Yes."
Our love had all the makings of a classic love story, with all the twists and turns, the trials and tribulations, but in the end, all that mattered was our love for each other.


So I sneak out to the garden to see you
In order to be with you, I had to sneak around, meeting you in secret in unsafe places, like hidden in the garden, in order to avoid being caught by our families.


We keep quiet, 'cause we're dead if they knew
We had to be very careful not to make a sound or draw attention to ourselves, because if anyone found out about us, we would be separated, or worse.


So close your eyes
I asked you to close your eyes and focus on our love, to shut everything else out and just be with me in that moment, in the present.


Escape this town for a little while
Our town was too small for our love to flourish, and so we had to find a way to escape it, at least for a little while, to find our happiness elsewhere.


Oh, oh
Those little sounds of ecstasy escaped our lips as we lost ourselves in the moment, feeling free and in love, even if it was just for a little while.


'Cause you were Romeo, I was a scarlet letter
Despite our love for each other, society deemed us to be wrong, to be sinners, just like the character in Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel 'The Scarlet Letter' who wore a scarlet letter as punishment for her sins.


But you were everything to me
Despite all that, you were everything to me, and I loved you with my heart, my mind, my soul, and every fibre of my being.


Romeo, save me, they're trying to tell me how to feel
Distraught and feeling trapped, I begged you to save me from the world that was trying to define our love in their own terms, and tell me how to feel about you.


This love is difficult, but it's real
Despite all the difficulties we faced, our love was real, and nothing could ever change that or take it away from us.


Don't be afraid, we'll make it out of this mess
You reassured me that we would get through this, that we would find a way to overcome all the obstacles in our path, and emerge victorious, still in love.


Oh, oh
Those little sounds of excitement escaped our lips as we let out a sigh of relief, finally feeling like we were on the right path, with each other by our side.


I got tired of waiting
As time went on, I got tired of waiting for you to make a move, to take the lead, to show me that you loved me as much as I loved you.


Wondering if you were ever coming around
I began to wonder and doubt whether you would ever be with me, whether you even cared for me at all, which made me feel so alone and scared.


My faith in you was fading
My belief and trust in you began to fade away, and I was so afraid that I would lose you, along with everything else that mattered to me.


When I met you on the outskirts of town
But just as I was about to give up hope, you appeared, just like a knight in shining armor, on the outskirts of town, and I knew that there was still hope for us.


Marry me, Juliet, you'll never have to be alone
You proposed to me, offering me a chance to be with you forever, to never have to be alone or scared again, to always feel loved and cherished by you no matter what.


I love you, and that's all I really know
Your love for me was enough, and all that really mattered in the end was that we loved each other with all our hearts and meant everything to each other.


I talked to your dad, go pick out a white dress
You had even talked to my father, convincing him to support our love and even letting me pick out a white dress, a sign of purity and innocence, for our wedding.


Oh, oh
Those little sounds of happiness escaped our lips as we celebrated our love for each other, feeling blessed and grateful that we had finally found each other in this world.


Oh, oh, oh
Those little sounds of joy and excitement continued to escape our lips, as we celebrated our love and everything that came with it, never letting go of each other, even at the end of the love story.




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Casper

We were both young when I first saw you
I close my eyes and the flashback starts
I'm standin' 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 throwin' pebbles
And my daddy said, "Stay away from Juliet"
And I was cryin' on the staircase
Beggin' 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"
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, oh oh
'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 beggin' 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 tryna 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
Wonderin' if you were ever comin' 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, oh, oh, oh
'Cause we were both young when I first saw you



All comments from YouTube:

Eduardo Araujo

This version was actually the one released in Europe back in 2008. It was what made Taylor Swift top the charts and famous there. A Pop edit to suit the European public at the time... But yeah, a little shitty to upload this now...

Nikki Christian

I thought I heard this version when I was a kid but after the award show I never heard it again

Kailynn Marie

yup. to upload it AFTER she left and just months before she could start re-recording it..

p.s.- i like the re-record better

Christopher Rousseu

Man, that electric guitar!! Love it!!

Emma Ružić

Sgjko

Daniel M

she should have rerecorded this version too

JY008

Agreed! Her pop versions were always killer to me. The electric guitar fits so brilliantly.

My username is so obnoxiously long and there is absolutely nothing you can do about the matter

Best version by far

Lucky13

For those of you wondering what the difference is: the original had banjos and fiddle/violin. Which are not popular sounds with international mainstream pop audiences. So they replaced those sounds with electric guitar for this mix.
(same thing was done with the international mixes of Our Song, Teardrops on My Guitar and Should've Said No, which can be found in the international edition of Fearless)

lyver muhin

Love this new version😍😍🔥🔥

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