This is without a doubt my favorite Taylor Swift song ever. As a writer of love stories, I am captivated by its beautiful message and happy ending. It is based on the story of Romeo and Juliet (also one of my favorite love stories) by William Shakespeare. The ending of the original Romeo and Juliet was tragic, but Taylor Swift brings a more positive twist to the story. I love it, and I hope you will, too.
Here are some phrases that you can learn from this song:
The flashback starts: A “flashback” is the part of a story when we see what happened in the past.
Make your way through the crowd: To “make your way through” means to move around people in a crowd to get through.
Little did I know: meaning “I didn’t know how important it was at the time”.
All there’s left to do is run.: “All there’s left to do” means there is nothing else we need to do; in this case, only run.
I sneak out to see you.: to “sneak out” means to go outside without others in the house (like her parents) knowing about it.
We’re dead if they knew.: This means that we will have big trouble if they find out.
I was a scarlet letter.: In this song, it probably means she was labeled by others as a “bad, shameful woman.”
We’ll make it out of this mess.: “to make it out” means to escape from this trouble
I was wondering if you were ever coming around.: to “come around” means to visit someone at their home. She was waiting for him to come visit her again. It was taking a long time.
My faith in you was fading. : “My faith in you” means how much I trust you. In this story, she was starting to believe that he wasn’t going to come back for her.
I met you on the outskirts of town.: the “outskirts of town” is just outside of the populated area. She probably met him there because it was more private.
Is this in my head?: meaning “Am I just imagining this?”
Enjoy this lovely song with English and Vietnamese subtitles!
Happy English learning!