What Does Paper Rings Mean? Taylor Swift Named a Song After It

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The eighth track in Taylor Swift’s seventh studio album Lover is titled Paper Rings. The song was highly anticipated by Swifties, as many fans who attended Secret Sessions have labeled it to be the best song on the album.

Paper Rings is about Swift’s realization that wealth and luxury aren’t nearly as important as her love, and that she’d happily marry her love with paper rings and skip all of the glamour.

Here’s what Swift fans have to say about the romantic track:


Full Lyrics to Paper Rings: ‘I Like Shiny Things, But I’d Marry You With Paper Rings’

Per Genius, here are the full lyrics to Paper Rings:

[Verse 1]
The moon is high
Like your friends were the night that we first met
Went home and tried to stalk you on the internet
Now I’ve read all of the books beside your bed
The wine is cold
Like the shoulder that I gave you in the street
Cat and mouse for a month or two or three
Now I wake up in the night and watch you breathe

[Pre-Chorus]
(Ayy)
Kiss me once ’cause you know I had a long night (Oh)
Kiss me twice ’cause it’s gonna be alright (Uh)
Three times ’cause I’ve waited my whole life (1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4)

[Chorus]
I like shiny things, but I’d marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that’s right
Darling, you’re the one I want, and
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Uh huh, that’s right
Darling, you’re the one I want, and
Paper rings and picture frames and dirty dreams
Oh, you’re the one I want

[Verse 2]
In the winter, in the icy outdoor pool
When you jumped in first, I went in too
I’m with you even if it makes me blue
Which takes me back
To the color that we painted your brother’s wall
Honey, without all the exes, fights, and flaws
We wouldn’t be standing here so proud, so

[Pre-Chorus]
(Ayy)
Kiss you once ’cause I know you had a long night (Oh)
Kiss you twice ’cause it’s gonna be alright (Uh)
Three times ’cause you waited your whole life (1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 4)
Ah

[Chorus]
I like shiny things, but I’d marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that’s right
Darling, you’re the one I want, and
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Uh huh, that’s right
Darling, you’re the one I want, and
Paper rings and picture frames and dirty dreams
Oh, you’re the one I want

[Bridge]
I want to drive away with you
I want your complications too
I want your dreary Mondays
Wrap your arms around me, baby boy
I want to drive away with you
I want your complications too
I want your dreary Mondays
Wrap your arms around me, baby boy
Uh huh

[Chorus]
I like shiny things, but I’d marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that’s right
Darling, you’re the one I want, and
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Ah-ah, darling, you’re the one I want
I like shiny things, but I’d marry you with paper rings
Uh huh, that’s right
Darling, you’re the one I want, and
I hate accidents except when we went from friends to this
Uh huh, that’s right
Darling, you’re the one I want, and
Paper rings and picture frames and all my dreams
You’re the one I want, and
Paper rings and picture frames and all my dreams
Oh, you’re the one I want


The Meaning of Paper Rings Has to Do With Marriage, Fans Say

As one fan noted, “paper” is the theme of first year anniversary gifts for married couples. Another fan noted that paper rings might have to do with avoiding any type of glitz or glamour in the process of marriage.

She tweeted, “Paper Rings [is] a very romantic song, the heart of Lover. Taylor’s wedding voes to Joe. About how the girls with the biggest rings have the shittiest relationships. And that despite her love for shiny things [she] would marry her lover with paper rings, as the material things doesn’t matter to her in a relationship.”

Another fan  wrote, “Paper rings is so catchy it’s been stuck in my head for almost two weeks”

One user warned others about just how emotional the song is. She tweeted, “since everything is out. PLEASE BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU ARE LISTENING TO PAPER RINGS. IT MAKES U VULNERABLE”


Swift Might Have Left a Grey’s Anatomy Easter Egg for the Song

In her Elle Magazine cover shoot and interview earlier this year, Swift wore a number of pins, including one for the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy. It’s no secret that Swift loves the show: she named one of her cats after Meredith Grey, the main star of the show.

But now fans are speculating that her Grey’s Anatomy reference might connect to Paper Rings, too. Specifically, in the sense that Meredith and Derek Shepard decide to marry one another by writing their vows on post-its during one of the seasons of the show, and marrying one another with paper rings seems to have a similar vibe.

One Swift fan wrote, “wait on the leaked tracklist theres a song called paper rings and taylor is wearing a greys anatomy button on her entertainment weekly cover. in greys, instead of having a huge wedding derek and meredith get married by writing their vows on a post it ….omg”

Fans were originally so certain that Swift was going to declare a marriage announcement that they speculated she was going to announce herself as Mrs. Alwyn when the album dropped.

The fan tweeted, “Just a theory/speculation: the song paper rings on #TS7 #lover #taylorswift might mean they already got married in secret bc the 1st Anniversary is called paper year. her name not being on the album cover like all the others could be bc when it drops its gonna be as #TaylorAlwyn””

Unfortunately, that was not the case.

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