The Sweet Meaning In ‘The Joker And The Queen’ Lyrics By Ed Sheeran And Taylor Swift

11 February 2022, 09:51

Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have released 'The Joker And The Queen'
Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran have released 'The Joker And The Queen'. Picture: Alamy / YouTube
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Ultimate collaboration duo Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift are back with another song – ‘The Joker and the Queen’.

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Ed Sheeran released ‘The Joker And The Queen’ on his album ‘Equals’ last year, and four months on Taylor Swift has joined the track for one magical collaboration.

After Ed performed the song at The BRIT Awards he announced it would be his next single, confirming he worked with Taylor on the tune after months of teasing a collab with a ‘huge American artist’.

The Kids From 'Everything Has Changed' Star In New Ed Sheeran & Taylor Swift Music Video

‘The Joker and the Queen’ is not only a classic Ed ballad, but he and Tay also brought back the kids from their 'Everything Has Changed' video, Ava Ames and Jack Lewis, to continue the story.

But what are the lyrics about in 'The Joker And The Queen', and what does Taylor sing on the track?

The kids from 'Everything Has Changed' star in 'The Joker And The Queen'
The kids from 'Everything Has Changed' star in 'The Joker And The Queen'. Picture: YouTube

‘The Joker And The Queen’ lyric meaning

‘The Joker And The Queen’ is a tale of true romance, about a relationship that doesn’t require extravagant gifts such as ‘a diamond ring’.

The song is a continuation of the duo's first collaboration in 2013, 'Everything Has Changed', about childhood sweethearts who became best friends at school.

Nine years on and Ed and Taylor are singing about being honest in a romance, referring to card game Poker with the line ‘I showed you my hand / And you still let me win.’

The besties sing about being able to fall for ‘a thousand kings’ aka anyone, but how they can be their true selves with each other.

Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have been friends for years
Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift have been friends for years. Picture: Getty

What are the lyrics to ‘The Joker And The Queen?

How was I to know?

It's a crazy thing I showed you my hand

And you still let me win

And who was I to say

That this was meant to be?

The road that was broken

Brought us together

And I know you could fall for a thousand kings

And hearts that would give you a diamond ring

When I fold, you see the best in me

The joker and the queen

How was I to know?

It's a crazy thing I showed you my hand

And you still let me win

And who was I to say

That this was meant to be?

The road that was broken Brought us together

(Taylor)

I’ve been played before If you hadn’t guessed

So I kept my cards close

To my fool proof vest

But you called my bluff

And saw through all my tells

Then you went all in

And we left together

And I know

You think that what makes a king

Is gold

A palace and diamond rings

When I fold

You see the best in me

The joker and the queen

(Ed and Taylor)

And I know you could fall for a thousand kings

And hearts that would give you a diamond ring

When I fold, you see the best in me

The joker and the queen

And I know you could fall for a thousand kings

And hearts that could give you a diamond ring

When I fold, you see the best in me

The joker and the queen

And I know you could fall for a thousand kings

And hearts that would give you a diamond ring

When I folded, you saw the best in me

The joker and the queen

The joker and the queen

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