Paper Rings
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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The moon is high
Like your friends were the night that we first met
Went home and tried to stalk you on the internet
Now I've read all of the books beside your bed

The wine is cold
Like the shoulder that I gave you in the street
Cat and mouse for a month or two or three
Now I wake up in the night and watch you breathe

(Hey) Kiss me once 'cause you know I had a long night
(Oh) Kiss me twice 'cause it's gonna be alright
Three times 'cause I've waited my whole life
(One, two, one, two, three, four)

I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that's right
Darling, you're the one I want, and
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Uh huh, that's right
Darling, you're the one I want
In paper rings, in picture frames, in dirty dreams
Oh, you're the one I want

In the winter, in the icy outdoor pool
When you jumped in first, I went in too
I'm with you even if it makes me blue
Which takes me back
To the color that we painted your brother's wall
Honey, without all the exes, fights, and flaws
We wouldn't be standing here so tall, so

(Hey) Kiss you once 'cause I know you had a long night
(Oh) Kiss you twice 'cause it's gonna be alright
Three times 'cause you waited your whole life
(One, two, one two three four)

I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that's right
Darling, you're the one I want, and
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Uh huh, that's right
Darling, you're the one I want
In paper rings, in picture frames, in dirty dreams
Oh, you're the one I want

I want to drive away with you
I want your complications too
I want your dreary Mondays
Wrap your arms around me, baby boy

I want to drive away with you
I want your complications too
I want your dreary Mondays
Wrap your arms around me, baby boy
Uh huh

I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that's right
You're the one I want
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Uh huh
Darling, you're the one I want

I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that's right
Darling, you're the one I want, and
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Uh huh, that's right
Darling, you're the one I want
In paper rings, in picture frames, in all dreams
You're the one I want
In paper rings, in picture frames, and all my dreams
Oh, you're the one I want





You're the one I want, one I want
You're the one I want, one I want

Overall Meaning

In "Paper Rings," Taylor Swift reminisces about her romance with her partner. The singer reflects on the early stages of their relationship, specifically the moments that led up to their love story. The first verse includes Taylor observing the moon and remembering the night she met her partner for the first time with their mutual friends. After meeting, Taylor and her partner exchanged glances, which piqued her curiosity and led her to stalk her partner on the internet. The next verse talks about how the wine may be cold, but it’s warm compared to the support and comfort she provided her partner while playing a cat-and-mouse game during the three months of the early stages of their relationship. The song has a joyful, optimistic tone, as Taylor confidently sings out her plans to marry, despite the triviality of the material things.


The chorus also emphasizes the central theme of the song, as Taylor declares that she is willing to marry her partner with “paper rings.” She prioritizes the emotional connection they share instead of a fancy engagement ring. The second verse takes the listener back to specific memories that Taylor had with her partner, highlighting how they are connected by a shared nostalgia. Taylor mentions jumping into a cold pool during the winter, recalling how her partner's ability to take risks resonated with her. The bridge talks about Taylor wanting to be with her partner through every aspect of their life, even the mundane or challenging parts, which underscores her affirmation of love.


Line by Line Meaning

The moon is high
Reminding of when we first met in the night and your friends were around.


Like your friends were the night that we first met
You were with your friends when we met for the first time at night.


Went home and tried to stalk you on the internet
After meeting you that night, I tried to find out more about you on the internet.


Now I've read all of the books beside your bed
I've spent so much time with you that I have now read all the books beside your bed.


The wine is cold
Reminding you of how I supported you on the street in the cold.


Like the shoulder that I gave you in the street
I was there for you when you needed me on that cold street.


Cat and mouse for a month or two or three
We had a playful dance of pursuit and retreat for a few months.


Now I wake up in the night and watch you breathe
I find myself waking up at night just to watch you breathe and be with you.


(Hey!) Kiss me once 'cause you know I had a long night
Kiss me once, because you know I had a hard day.


(Oh!) Kiss me twice 'cause it's gonna be alright
Kiss me twice, because everything is going to be alright as long as we are together.


Three times 'cause I've waited my whole life
Kiss me three times, because I've waited my whole life for someone like you.


(One, two, one two three four!)
Counting down, getting ready for something exciting to happen.


I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings
I don't need luxurious things to be happy; I would marry you with something as simple as paper rings.


Uh huh, that's right
Affirming my feelings for you.


Darling, you're the one I want, and
Telling you that you are the only one for me.


I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
I dislike accidents, but turning our friendship into something more was not one of them.


In paper rings, in picture frames, in dirty dreams
I want to be with you and have a life together in every aspect, including the good and the bad dreams.


Oh, you're the one I want
You are my everything, the one I have always wanted.


In the winter, in the icy outdoor pool
Recalling the memory of us being in the icy outdoor pool in the winter.


When you jumped in first, I went in too
Showing that I will always follow your lead.


I'm with you even if it makes me blue
Letting you know that I will always be there for you, even if it makes me sad or blue.


Which takes me back
Thinking back on our experience together.


To the color that we painted your brother's wall
Recalling the time we painted your brother's wall together.


Honey, without all the exes, fights, and flaws
Acknowledging that our past relationships and troubles have brought us to where we are now together.


We wouldn't be standing here so tall, so
If not for those past struggles, we would not be the people we are now.


(Hey!) Kiss you once 'cause I know you had a long night
Acknowledging that you had a tough day and offering a comforting kiss.


(Oh!) Kiss you twice 'cause it's gonna be alright
Letting you know that everything is going to be alright as long as we have each other.


Three times 'cause you waited your whole life
Kissing you three times to show that you are the one I have always been waiting for.


(One, two, one two three four!)
Getting ready for something exciting to happen.


I want to drive away with you
Expressing my desire to run away with you and start a new life together.


I want your complications too
Letting you know that I want to be a part of your life and deal with your struggles together.


I want your dreary Mondays
Telling you that I want to be with you through good times and bad.


Wrap your arms around me, baby boy
Asking you to give me a comforting embrace and be there for me.


You're the one I want
Affirming that you are the one I want to spend my life with.


In paper rings, in picture frames, and all my dreams
Visualizing a future life together with you in all its aspects.


You're the one I want, one I want
Reaffirming that you are the one I want in my life.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Jack Antonoff, Taylor Swift

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@sophieellen8147

Taylor Swift- 'Our Song'
Fearless (Taylor's Version) - 'You Belong With Me (Taylor's Version)'
Speak now- 'Speak now'
Red (Taylor's Version) - 'Stay Stay Stay (Taylor's Version)'
1989- 'How You Get The Girl'
Reputation- 'Gorgeous'
Lover- 'Paper Rings'
Folklore- 'Invisible String'
Evermore- 'Long story short'
Midnights - 'Paris'
THE TORTURED POETS DEPARTMENT - 'So High School'

Every album of Taylor's has that one uptempo, cutesy love song.



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@kirafife1052

"Went home and tried to stalk you on the internet"

Honestly most relatable song lyrics

@chryssie22

Yesss

@kyliequah7041

relatable *

@Dima-mk8th

Lmao ikr

@lynsoriano9314

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@gelertfire

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@GossipGirl770

This song should be in a movie. In an opening scene perhaps.

@racheldev9575

yep

@CookiehsAndDreams

Totally.

@ileanagodinez7767

definitely the ending scene with credits rolling

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