Don't Blame Me

Album: Reputation (2017)
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  • Taylor Swift shocker: She's singing about drugs, a stark contrast to the pop princess' sensible lyrics of her past.

    Lord save me, my drug is my baby
    I'll be doing it the rest of my life


    But don't fret Swifties, Taylor is crooning about her head-over-heels love for a guy, presumably Joe Alwyn. So intense are her feelings for him, she compares it to the addictive nature of a drug, a common lyrical trope in pop music. Check out Roxy Music's "Love Is The Drug", Robert Palmer's "Addicted To Love" and Alessia Cara's "Overdose."
  • The gospel-infused track starts of in the first verse with Taylor alluding to her previous relationships with older men such Calvin Harris and Tom Hiddleston (and maybe going further back, John Mayer)

    I've been breakin' hearts a long time, and toyin' with them older guys, just playthings.

    She is unapologetic for her public reputation of a heartbreaker. However, soon the song takes a turn for the better as Swift croons about how she's a changed woman due to her love for Joe.

    I'm insane, but I'm your baby (your baby)
    Echoes of your name inside my mind
    Halo, hiding my obsession
    I once was poison ivy, but now I'm your daisy


    The song incorporates the two topics that seep through the majority of Reputation's songs - "the media hates me" and "I'm in love with Joe Alwyn."

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