dorothea
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Hey Dorothea
Do you ever stop and think about me?
When we were younger
Down in the park
Honey, making a lark of the misery
You got shiny friends since you left town
A tiny screen's the only place I see you now
And I got nothing but well wishes for ya

Ooh
This place is the same as it ever was
Ooh
But you don't like it that way

It's never too late
To come back to my side
The stars in your eyes
Shined brighter in Tupelo
And if you're ever tired of being known
For who you know
You know, you'll always know me
Dorothea (ah-ah)
Dorothea (ah-ah)

Ooh, you're a queen
Selling dreams
Selling make up and magazines
Ooh, from you I'd buy anything

Hey Dorothea
Do you ever stop and think about me?
When it was calmer
Skipping the prom
Just to piss off your mom
And her pageant schemes
And damn, Dorothea
They all wanna be ya
But are you still the same soul
I met under the bleachers?
Well

Ooh
I guess I'll never know
Ooh
And you'll go on with the show

But it's never too late
To come back to my side
The stars in your eyes
Shined brighter in Tupelo
And if you're ever tired of being known
For who you know
You know, you'll always know me

Dorothea (ah-ah)
Dorothea (ah-ah)

Ooh
Ooh
Ooh-woo-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh
Ooh
Ooh
Ooh-woo-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh





Dorothea (ah-ah)

Overall Meaning

The song "Dorothea" by Taylor Swift is an ode to an old friend, whom she has not seen in a long time. It is a reflection on the past, and the memories shared between two people who used to be close. The first verse sets the scene, where the singer addresses Dorothea, asking if she ever thinks about their past together. They used to hang out in the park, and despite the misery around them, they created happiness through silly and playful interactions. Since Dorothea left town, the singer has not seen her except on a tiny screen. However, they hold no grudges and only have well wishes for her.


In the chorus, the singer mentions how things have stayed the same, yet Dorothea is not happy with it. They encourage her to come back and reminisce about the good old days when they were young and carefree. The stars in her eyes shone brighter in Tupelo, indicating that her dreams may have faded away over time. The singer reminds her that she will always have a friend in them, no matter how much time has passed.


The second verse continues with reminiscing about the past, where they skipped prom to defy Dorothea's mother's pageant dreams. The singer posits whether Dorothea is still the same person, the one they fell in love with under the bleachers. They acknowledge that they may never know, but that Dorothea will always be a source of inspiration, for many want to be like her.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey Dorothea
Addressing Dorothea to initiate the conversation


Do you ever stop and think about me?
Asking Dorothea if she thinks about the singer from time to time


When we were younger
Recollecting the past when the singer and Dorothea were younger


Down in the park
Referring to a park where they used to hang out together


Honey, making a lark of the misery
Having fun and being carefree amidst a difficult situation


You got shiny friends since you left town
Dorothea has made new and successful friends since moving away


A tiny screen's the only place I see you now
The only way the singer sees Dorothea now is through a small screen, suggesting they are not in regular contact anymore


And I got nothing but well wishes for ya
Wishing Dorothea well in her endeavours


Ooh
A vocalization expressing admiration or excitement


This place is the same as it ever was
The town hasn't changed much since Dorothea left


But you don't like it that way
Implying that Dorothea has outgrown her hometown or doesn't like the simplicity of it anymore


It's never too late
Assuring Dorothea that she can still come back to the artist's side


To come back to my side
Encouraging Dorothea to return to the singer's life


The stars in your eyes
Referring to Dorothea's bright and hopeful spirit


Shined brighter in Tupelo
Dorothea's shine was at its peak back in Tupelo, which represents a time when she was happy and carefree


And if you're ever tired of being known
Suggesting that Dorothea is known for something, potentially her status or connections


For who you know
Being recognized for her network or relationships, rather than her true self


You know, you'll always know me
The singer wants Dorothea to remember that she can always count on them, regardless of her status or situation


Dorothea (ah-ah)
Repeating Dorothea's name for emphasis


Ooh, you're a queen
Complimenting Dorothea's status and success


Selling dreams
Suggesting that Dorothea is in the business of selling hope and aspiration


Selling make up and magazines
Describing Dorothea's work or industry


Ooh, from you I'd buy anything
Expressing admiration and loyalty towards Dorothea, suggesting that the singer would support her in anything she did


When it was calmer
Recollecting a time when things were simpler or more relaxed


Skipping the prom
Referring to a specific event when Dorothea and the singer chose to do something different


Just to piss off your mom
The decision to skip prom was influenced by a desire to rebel against authority, specifically Dorothea's mother


And her pageant schemes
Dorothea's mother may have been involved with beauty pageants or something similar


And damn, Dorothea
Expressing awe or admiration towards Dorothea


They all wanna be ya
Dorothea's status and success draws envy from others


But are you still the same soul
Questioning whether Dorothea's success has changed who she is deep down


I met under the bleachers?
Emphasizing that the singer knew the real Dorothea, who they met under the bleachers, away from the public eye


I guess I'll never know
Accepting that they may never know if Dorothea has changed or not


And you'll go on with the show
Acknowledging that Dorothea will continue with her life and her pursuits, regardless of the past


Ooh-woo-ooh-ooh, ooh-ooh-ooh
Vocalization expressing admiration or emotion




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Aaron Brooking Dessner, Taylor A. Swift

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@Jo_swiftie

I love the rhyming in "And damn, Dorothea, they all wanna be ya"

@meetyouafterdark4285

I literally just sing that one lyric over and over again all day , it's so stuck in my head but in the best way 😂

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Only Taylor Swift can do that

@JoshWestley

I feel like she managed to rhyme ‘be ya’ with ‘bleachers’ as well. Queen.

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