Holy Taylor Swift Day, Batman! Reputation is finally here and the internet has itself totally freaked out, breaking down each lyric, analyzing each music note, and dissecting each song title. Trust me, we are going to wring out this album out for all it's worth. Notably, Taylor Swift's lyrics and messages in each song have all been kicked up a notch from her last album, 1989, and in particular fans are wondering if "I Did Something Bad" is about Kanye West. Why? OH, YOU KNOW WHY.
Here are the lyrics:
I never trust a narcissist / But they love me / So I play 'em like a violin / And I make it look oh so easy / 'Cause for every lie I tell them / They tell me three / This is how the world works / Now all he thinks about is me
I can feel the flames on my skin / Crimson red paint on my lips / If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing / I don't regret it one bit, 'cause he had it comin
They say I did something bad / Then why's it feel so good? / They say I did something bad / But why's it feel so good? / Most fun I ever had / And I'd do it over and over and over again if I could / It just felt so good, good
But they love me / So I fly him all around the world / And I let them think they saved me / They never see it comin' / What I do nextThis is how the world works / You gotta leave before you get left
I can feel the flames on my skin / He says, "Don't throw away a good thing" / But if he drops my name, then I owe him nothin' / And if he spends my change, then he had it comin'
CHORUS: They say I did something bad / Then why's it feel so good? / They say I did something bad / But why's it feel so good? / Most fun I ever had / And I'd do it over and over and over again if I could / It just felt so good, good
They're burning all the witches, even if you aren't one / They got their pitchforks and proof / Their receipts and reasons / They're burning all the witches, even if you aren't one / So light me up (light me up), light me up (light me up) / Light me up, go ahead and light me up (light me up) / Light me up (light me up), light me up (light me up) / Light me up (light me up), light me up (light me up)
Oh, you say I did something bad / Then why's it feel so good, good? / So bad, why's it feel so good? / Why's it feel, why's it feel so good? (Bad) / It just felt so good, good
Please, don't be stupid. Of COURSE it's about Kanye West. Probably Kim Kardashian, too.
Obviously, you guys remember the massive scandal surrounding Kanye West's song "Famous" in which he famously sings the lyrics, "I made that b*tch famous," in reference to Taylor Swift.
Taylor, was obviously outraged by the song, prompting Kim Kardashian to release footage of Swift and her husband West discussing the song on the phone. While they did talk over the lyric, "I think Taylor and I might still have sex," they did NOT mention the b*tch lyric. Kim said Swift was "playing the victim."
ANNND cue THIS message from Taylor,
Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world. Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.
And now we have "I Did Something Bad" and yes... 100 percent... as a Taylor expert I can confidently say it's gotta be about the feud.
The next time you're feeling like you want to kick some butt, I recommend blasting it on high volume and channeling your inner snake.
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