Taylor Swift – Love Story: Alternate Lyrics

Love Story by Taylor Swift is a song about romance which alludes to the story of Romeo and Juliet, but events for the characters in the song work out somewhat differently than they did for the star-crossed lovers. I wondered what it would be like if it was more true to the story as written by Shakespeare. It seemed like it would be a somewhat amusing project, so I decided to come up with these alternate lyrics to the song.

I started this a couple months ago, and left it half-complete for most of that time, always wanting to come back to it. Finally, here it is.

Ideally, it would be cool to be able to perform this somehow, but I can’t play the guitar well enough. Also, it’s still from Juliet’s point of view, so maybe it would be a bit odd for a guy to sing it? Maybe someone else could perform it, though.

Note: for this version of the song, the key should change to minor at the big moment when chorus d starts.

[intro]
Never thought you were a Montague
When at first sight you just stole my heart;
You were right there, saying kisses were like hands in prayer.

[verse 1a]
Later that night you were outside my window.
You overheard my wherefore art thou
And said hello, my sweet Romeo…

[verse 1b]
I was saying things—I was so embarrassed,
But you vowed to love forever this Capulet
And you promised we’d be married,
Straight away on the morrow,
And I thought…

[chorus a]
Romeo please be someone I can trust and love,
Our families feud but you were sent from up above.
It’s written in the stars so where is the excess?
You’ve got my heart so of course I say yes.

[verse 2a]
My nurse was sent the next day to see you.
She said church was where I’d meet you
That very day… there to become your loving wife.
Oh, Oh.

[verse 2b]
And married we were—what’s a scarlet letter?
‘Neath the eye of God we stood with no regret,
Friar Laurence said to me,
And to you as well, “Do you vow…”
And we did…

[chorus a]
Romeo please be someone I can trust and love,
Our families feud but you were sent from up above.
It’s written in the stars so where is the excess?
You’ve got my heart so of course I say yes.

[chorus b]
Romeo, no—why did Tybalt seek you out with steel?
Your friend Mercutio was dealt a raw deal.
Come to me now and comfort my distress,
On the last night before you’re banished.
Oh, Oh.

[bridge]
Too soon it was morning
And you were made to flee away from this town.
Father came and bade me
Marry Count Paris two days from now.
And I said…

[chorus c]
I’d rather follow Tybalt, but he would not heed my cry,
So to Laurence I flew for an alibi.
“You’ll feign death for two days with just a drink.”
I did all to plan and thinned my life’s link and then…

[chorus d (change to minor key)]
Woke in the Capulet tomb but I was not alone,
Romeo was there but the ploy must’ve been unknown.
He lay there cooling, newly had he found death
I drew out his dagger and held it to my… breast.
Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh.

[outro]
‘Cause even to death I will follow you.

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