Writing ‘Red’, I was 21 and 22 and back then I think my priorities were different. My priorities were, I was very enamored by romance and the idea of that. At 24, at this point, I’m just really like, I just want to be with my friends, and I wanna make music, and I wanna play shows, and I wanna travel the world, and I want to define my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now which is different than it was a couple years ago.
— Taylor Swift on the difference between writing ‘Red’ and ‘1989’ (x)
I want this song to go out in the world and not be about my critics, I want it to be about the girl who’s criticizing someone in eleventh grade because she thinks that her hair looks stupid. And that girl then goes and like cries in the bathroom because of it. These are things that we go through in every phase of our lives, starting a new job and there’s just someone who has it out for you. And I hope that maybe, you know, I had a lot of days when I would come home from school, and get in the car and my mom would try so hard to console me ‘cause someone had made fun of me or something had said something about me, or not invited me to something I was dying to go to. And she would always try to find songs that bring me out of that, and music always helped distract me from that, so I think my greatest hope is that this started out being about my life and I just want it to go out into cars, and speakers, and your phones, and become about their lives.
— Taylor on what she wants the message of ‘Shake It Off’ to be. (x
But I keep cruising, can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music in my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright (insp.)
CUZ THE PLAYERS GONNA PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY PLAY
AND THE HATERS GONNA HATE HATE HATE HATE HATE
BABY I’M JUST GONNA SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE
SHAKE IT OFF SHAKE IT OFF WOOHOO
LONG LIVE THE RED ERA
We will remember it all too well