I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles Lyrics


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One, two, three, four

Well, she was just seventeen
You know what I mean
And the way she looked
Was way beyond compare
So how could I dance with another
Ooh, when I saw her standing there?

Well, she looked at me
And I, I could see
That before too long
I'd fall in love with her
She wouldn't dance with another
Ooh, when I saw her standing there

Well, my heart went, "Boom"
When I crossed that room
And I held her hand in mine

Oh, we danced through the night
And we held each other tight
And before too long
I fell in love with her
Now I'll never dance with another
Ooh, since I saw her standing there

Well, my heart went, "Boom"
When I crossed that room
And I held her hand in mine

Oh, we danced through the night
And we held each other tight
And before too long
I fell in love with her
Now I'll never dance with another
Ooh, since I saw her standing there




Whoa, since I saw her standing there
Yeah, well, since I saw her standing there

Overall Meaning

The opening lines “She was just seventeen, you know what I mean” served as a perfect opening to the high energy love ballad, “I Saw Her Standing There.” The song can be interpreted as a coming-of-age tale about a young man who instantly falls in love with a girl he saw dancing at a party. The singer of the song is so infatuated with this girl that he can’t imagine dancing or being with anyone else.


The song begins with an upbeat rock and roll melody, with a clear influence of Chuck Berry’s “I’m Talking About You” and “Little Queenie.” The lyrics describe the moment when the singer saw the girl he is now in love with and how his heart skipped a beat. The song progresses as he takes her hand and they dance through the night, resulting in the singer falling head over heels for the girl.


Overall, the song is a timeless classic in rock and roll history, known for its catchy melody and energetic lyrics. It also captures the essence of teenage love, making it a relatable song to a wide audience.


Line by Line Meaning

One, two, three, four
Musical introduction to the song


Well, she was just seventeen
The girl he saw was only 17 years old


You know what I mean
He thinks the listener will understand why a 17-year-old caught his attention


And the way she looked
He was attracted to her physical appearance


Was way beyond compare
She was so beautiful that there was no one else who could compare


So how could I dance with another
He couldn't dance with anyone else because he was too focused on her


Ooh, when I saw her standing there?
He was struck by her presence and couldn't take his eyes off her


Well, she looked at me
The girl he saw looked back at him


And I, I could see
He felt like there was a connection between them when she looked back


That before too long
He knew that it wouldn't take much time for him to fall in love with her


I'd fall in love with her
He knew that he would inevitably fall in love with her


She wouldn't dance with another
He thinks that the girl only has eyes for him


Ooh, when I saw her standing there
He can't get over the fact that he saw her standing there and it changed everything for him


Well, my heart went, "Boom"
He felt his heart race when he saw her for the first time


When I crossed that room
He walked over to her and felt his heart race while doing so


And I held her hand in mine
He made a physical connection with her by holding her hand


Oh, we danced through the night
They danced for a long time and didn't want to stop


And we held each other tight
They were close and physically affectionate


And before too long
He fell in love with her quickly


I fell in love with her
He realized that he was in love with her


Now I'll never dance with another
He knows that he will only ever want to dance with her for the rest of his life


Ooh, since I saw her standing there
His entire world changed after he saw her standing there


Whoa, since I saw her standing there
He can't believe how much his life has changed since he saw her


Yeah, well, since I saw her standing there
He is still amazed by the power that seeing her for the first time had on him




Lyrics © Word Collections Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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