It’s here. Taylor Swift’s hotly anticipated sixth LP reputation arrived Friday, and it’s full of eyebrow-raising lyrics sure to inspire gossip.
From sexy romps in the boudoir to digs at exes and even a side-eyed glance at her place in the pop pantheon, we’ve rounded up the meatiest lyrics off the set. Dig in. (Not on streaming platforms, though. As suspected, you’ll need to buy Swift’s latest if you want to hear it.)
1. “End Game (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future)”
“Big reputation, big reputation/Ooh, you and me, we got big reputations/Ah, and you heard about me/Oh, I got some big enemies”
Katy Perry, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, the ACLU — don’t think for a second Swift doesn’t know who’s got her on their naughty list.
2. “So It Goes…”
“You know I’m not a bad girl, but I/Do bad things with you”
Is it hot in here?
“Only bought this dress so you could take it off”
As she says later, over euphoric atmospherics, Swift doesn’t want this guy like a best friend. No, she wants him-wants him. (Good for her.)
4. “King of My Heart”
“And we rule the kingdom inside my room/’Cause all the boys and their expensive cars/With their Range Rovers and their Jaguars/Never took me quite where you do”
Current beau Joe Alwyn may live at home while her exes’ combined net worth rivals the GDP of a medium-sized country but clearly, he’s making up for what his bank account lacks, ehrm, elsewhere.
“My reputation’s never been worse, so/You must like me for me…”
Sweet and sad all at once, Swift contemplates all the reasons some may have loved her before and what’s keeping her and Alwyn together now.
6. “I Did Something Bad”
“But if he drops my name then I owe him nothing/And if he spends my change then he had it coming”
Listen up, potential suitors: Lay a paw on Swift’s bank account and she’ll assemble the superheroes from the “Bad Blood” video and end you like Arsyn.
7. “Don’t Blame Me”
“I’ve been breaking hearts for a long time/And toying with them older guys”
Don’t worry, Calvin Harris, Tom Hiddleston, Jake Gyllenhaal, and John Mayer — there’s probably an Aging Boy Toys Anonymous support group you can join.
8. “Getaway Car”
“We were jet-set, Bonnie and Clyde/Until I switch to the other side….It’s no surprise I turned you in/’Cause us traitors never win”
Swift knows what you think of her — the album’s called reputation, remember? — but, surprisingly, it turns out she just might think the same.
9. “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”
“Friends don’t try to trick you/Get you on the phone and mind-twist you…./But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately/If only you weren’t so shady”
Katy Perry once alluded to her beef with Swift by tweeting about the “Regina George in sheep’s clothing,” but this sounds like pop’s true Mean Girls moment. We have lots of questions, namely: Are we talking about a secret three-way phone call? And where is Gretchen Wieners?!
10. “Call It What You Want”
“My castle crumbled overnight/I brought a knife to a gunfight/They took the crown, but it’s all right”
Not since Miss Colombia has the removal of a symbolic-but-ultimately-meaningless crown caused such angst. But if Swift really could “build a castle out all of the bricks” thrown her, as she once claimed on 1989, then she’s probably fine in the royal accommodations department on this cut touching on her time in the headlines.
11. “…Ready For It?”
“In the middle of the night, in my dreams/You should see the things we do, baby”
This lyric from reputation‘s opening number steams without any names attached to it, but at this point, is there any doubt it’s about Alwyn?
12. “Look What You Made Me Do”
“I don’t like your little games/Don’t like your tilted stage”
Internet sleuths say this is about West, whose Saint Pablo Tour featured a shifting, floating stage. But we recommend that any arena headliner with a fondness for slopes or moving platforms double-lock their doors and maybe change their passwords. You know, just to be safe.