Love Story

Taylor Swift

About Love Story

"Love Story" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. She produced the song with Nathan Chapman. It was released on September 12, 2008 by Big Machine Records, as the lead single from Swift's second studio album Fearless (2008). Considered as her signature song, it was written about a love interest of Swift's who was not popular among Swift's family and friends. Because of the scenario, Swift related to the plot of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (1597) and used it as a source of inspiration to compose the song. However, she replaced Romeo and Juliet's original tragic conclusion with a happy ending. It is a midtempo song with a dreamy soprano voice, while the melody continually builds. The lyrics are from the perspective of Juliet. The song received wide critical praise with critics complimenting Swift's writing style and the song's plot. It was also a commercial success, selling over 18 million copies worldwide, therefore establishing itself among the best-selling singles of all time. In the United States, the song peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 9 million paid digital downloads, becoming Swift's best-selling single to date and was once the best-selling download by a female country solo artist. It is also one of the best-selling singles in the United States and it was once the best-selling digital country single of all time there. The single was certified 8× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Internationally, "Love Story" became Swift's first number one single in Australia, followed by "Shake It Off" in 2014. The song has been certified 7x platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). The song is one of the best-selling singles worldwide, with worldwide sales of more than 15 millions of units by 2010 (according to the IFPI). The song's accompanying music video was directed by Trey Fanjoy, who directed the majority of Swift's prior videos. The video is a period piece that drew influences from the Medieval, Renaissance, and British Regency (1813) eras. It follows Swift and model Justin Gaston as they meet in a university campus and imagine themselves in a prior era. "Love Story" was promoted through numerous live performances. The song was included on all of Swift's headlining tours, the Fearless Tour (2009–10), the Speak Now World Tour (2011–12), The Red Tour (2013–14), The 1989 World Tour (2015) and the Reputation Stadium Tour (2018). "Love Story" has been covered by several artists, including Joe McElderry and Forever the Sickest Kids. 


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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 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 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 that'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
'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

'Cause we were both young when I first saw you.

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Taylor Swift

Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. more »

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Written by: Taylor Swift

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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15 facts about this song

Song Composition
"Love Story" was composed and performed by Taylor Swift, who drew inspiration from the famous William Shakespearean play, “Romeo and Juliet.”
Music Genre
The song belongs to the country pop genre while also introducing elements of crossover pop.
"Love Story" is from Taylor Swift's second studio album, "Fearless," which was released in 2008.
Commercial Success
"Love Story" became Swift’s first song to reach top five in the United States and it also topped the charts in countries like Australia and Canada.
Record Breaking
The song was Swift's first number one on the Hot Country Songs Billboard chart and it additionally became the fastest selling single in the history of Country Music Television.
Platinum Certification
The song was certified 8× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in 2017 for selling over 8 million units in the United States.
Music Video
The music video of "Love Story" was shot at Castle Gwynn in Tennessee and portrays Swift as a princess who falls in love with a common man, contrary to her parent's wishes.
Swift wrote the song when she was just 17, after reading "Romeo and Juliet" and being captivated by the tragic story.
"Love Story" is often acknowledged as the song that transformed Swift from a country star to a pop superstar.
Swift re-recorded the song and released "Love Story (Taylor’s Version)" in 2021, as part of her efforts to regain control of her older music.
Award Nominations
The song received nominations for the Grammy Award for Song of the Year and the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.
Personal Connection
Swift has expressed that although the song was influenced by "Romeo and Juliet," it also reflects her personal experiences with love and relationships.
Sales Records
With the re-recorded version, Swift became the first act to debut atop both the Billboard Hot Country Songs and Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs charts.
The song popularized narrative songwriting in the pop genre, and many young musicians have cited it as an influence on their style.
Global Phenomenon
Over a decade after its release, "Love Story" remains one of Swift's most popular songs and continues to enjoy global recognition and success.

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