Taylor Swift is not afraid of her Reputation — in fact, it's the name of her just-released album — so we expect her to get personal about her past through her music at this point. When fans first got word that one of the songstress' new tracks was going to be a first-person recognition of a mistake she's owning up to making, everyone was all, "what did you do, Taylor?!" Now that the song is out, we know a little bit more about the story behind the music. Taylor Swift's "I Did Something Bad" lyrics are a savage shoutout to someone... And fans think that someone could be Kanye West.
The good girl image of Taylor Swift's early years feel like they're long gone. Taylor is an adult who's lived, loved, and laughed in the face of her haters — she's not the angelic blonde with a perma-gasp on her surprised face singing about fairy tales and enchanting evenings. If the first video off Reputation, "Look What You Made Me Do," is any indication of where she's at now, it's RIP to the old media perception of T. Swift and hello, realness. Authenticity is a tricky thing when it comes to pop stardom, but honesty is the best possibly. And Taylor is at least honest about her faults in "I Did Something Bad." In fact, she's reveling in them.
I couldn't help but wonder (Carrie Bradshaw voice), what bad thing did Taylor do? Would this be a mea culpa for that whole Kanye and Kim debacle? There's no Hallmark card for sorry-I-made-a-diss-track-and-brought-up-that-whole-back-up-dancer-mess-thing à la her very public "Bad Blood" feud with who is unanimously agreed upon to be Katy Perry. The best conjecture any fan could wager would be that she's talking about a ghost of relationships past and how she did 'em wrong. Her relationship with Calvin Harris did not exactly end on a high note and she does allude to fantasizing about another dude while she had a boyfriend via song before. Well, the answer appears to be - ding, ding, ding! -- option A. Or maybe all of the above. Are you ready for it?
The lyrics go a little something like this:
I never trust a narcissist / But they love me / So I play 'em like a violin / And I make it look 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 sh*t, then I owe him nothing / I don't regret it one bit, 'cause he had it coming.
Nope, it's not a cute Britney Spears "Oops, I Did It Again" moment. She didn't play with your heart and get lost in the game, she has #noregrets when it comes to what she pulled. It's a not-so-thinly-veiled confession of epic proportions. Wear your heart on your sleeve, Tay. We're listening...
She goes on:
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.
Tell us how you really feel.
Taylor could definitely be referring to her longstanding rollercoaster of a feud-turned-friendship-turned-feud with Kanye, considering their very public history. But the next lyrics also have us thinking she's talking about ex Calvin Harris. Harris did take to Twitter to call her out about the song she worked on for him, "This Is What You Came For." Taylor sings,
I never trust a playboy / 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 next? / This 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.'
We're guessing Kanye West never spent Taylor's "change," but he did infamously drop her name in his song "Famous" and we all know what kind of drama that lead to. Perhaps Taylor's killing two birds with one stone? Or maybe she's just being her clever self-aware self and playing the wicked part the media wants her to play through her music. She goes on,
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.
Whoever Taylor's talking about, she is not messing around with this jam.