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How You Get the Girl is the tenth track of Taylor's fifth album 1989. It was released on October 27, 2014.

Meaning and Background

The song How You Get the Girl is a song that I wrote about how you get the girl back if you ruined the relationship somehow and she won’t talk to you anymore. Like, if you broke up with her and then you kind of left her on her own for six months and then you’d realize you miss her; all the steps you’d have to do to work your way back in her life because she’s probably pretty mad at you. So it’s kind of a tutorial; if you follow the directions in the song, changes are that it will work out. Or you may get a restraining order.

- Taylor about How You Get the Girl[1]

It's written for a guy who has broken up with his girlfriend, then wants her back after six months, but it's not going to be as simple as sending a text like, 'Sup? Miss you.' That won't work, you need to do all the things I say."

- Taylor about How You Get the Girl[2]

Trivia

  • A snippet of the song was featured in a Diet Coke advertisement before it was officially released.

Lyrics

[Intro]
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh-oh, oh-oh

[Verse 1]
Stand there like a ghost
Shaking from the rain, rain.
She'll open up the door and say, "Are you insane?"
Say it's been a long six months
And you were too afraid to tell her what you want, want.

[Pre-chorus]
And that's how it works.
That's how you get the girl.
And then you say

[Chorus]
I want you for worse or for better
I would wait forever and ever
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together.
I would wait forever and ever
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl (oh-oh, oh)
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl

[Verse 2]
Remind her how it used to be, yeah, yeah
With pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks, cheeks
Tell her how you must have lost your mind, ooh-ooh
When you left her all alone
And never told her why, why

[Pre-chorus]
And that's how it works.
That's how you lost the girl
And now you say

[Chorus]
I want you for worse or for better
I would wait forever and ever (ever and ever)
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together
I would wait forever and ever
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl (oh-oh, oh-oh)
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl
Yeah, yeah

[Bridge]
And you know
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
That I don't want you to go, oh, oh

[Breakdown]
Remind me how it used to be
Pictures in frames of kisses on cheeks
And say you want me, yeah-yeah
And then you say

[Chorus]
'Cause I want you for worse or for better (worse or for better)
I would wait forever and ever (ever and ever)
Broke your heart, I'll put it back together
I would wait forever and ever (I want you forever and ever)
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl (this is how it works)
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl (get the girl)
(That's how it works)
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl
(oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)
And that's how it works
That's how you get the girl, girl
(oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh)

[Outro]
That's how it works.
That's how you got the girl.


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References

  1. Taylor Swift on "How You Get the Girl" - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFT1tdGmuqA
  2. US Weekly - Taylor Swift interview
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