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Bad Blood is the eight track and fourth single of Taylor's fifth album 1989. It was released on October 27, 2014 and the remix became a single on May 17, 2015. The remix features rapper Kendrick Lamar.

Meaning and Background

Taylor said that the song is about a female artist who she accused of trying to sabotage her tour by hiring people out from under her. It's heavily implied to be about Katy Perry, who she was in a feud with until 2017.[1]

Trivia

Music Video

The music video was released on May 17, 2015. It was directed by Joseph Kahn. It features several of Taylor's friends.

Storyline
The video starts out with Taylor/Catastrophe and Selena/Arsyn fighting a bunch of masked men in an office over a briefcase. After defeating the men, Selena/Arsyn turns on Taylor; she takes the briefcase and kicks her out of the window. Taylor/Catastrophe lands on a car and is teleported to a lair. Here, she gets scanned and fixed by Hailee/The Trinity. At the lair, a bunch of women are training with their weapons. A boxing fight takes place between Karlie/Knockout and Taylor/Catastrophe, cheered on by other women. Next, Taylor/Catastrophe drives motorcycles with Jessica/Domino. She and her friends go out to get revenge on Selena/Arsyn and her team of women. A explosion takes place while they're approaching each other. The video ends with Taylor/Catastrophe and Selena/Arsyn striking each other in the face.

Cast

  • Taylor Swift as Catastrophe
  • Selena Gomez as Arsyn
  • Kendrick Lamar as Welvin da Great
  • Lena Dunham as Lucky Fiori
  • Hailee Steinfeld as The Trinity
  • Serayah as Dilemma
  • Gigi Hadid as Slay-Z
  • Ellie Goulding as Destructa X
  • Martha Hunt as Homeslice
  • Cara Delevingne as Mother Chucker
  • Zendaya as Cut Throat
  • Hayley Williams as The Crimson Curse
  • Lily Aldridge as Frostbyte
  • Karlie Kloss as nockout
  • Jessica Alba as Domino
  • Mariska Hargitay as Justice
  • Ellen Pompeo as Luna
  • Cindy Crawford as Headmistress

Lyrics

[Chorus]
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 1]
Did you have to do this?
I was thinking that you could be trusted
Did you have to ruin what was shiny?
Now it's all rusted
Did you have to hit me where I'm weak?
Baby, I couldn’t breathe
And rub it in so deep
Salt in the wound like you're laughing right at me

[Pre-Chorus]
Oh, it's so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus]
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 2]
Did you think we’d be fine?
Still got scars on my back from your knives
So don’t think it's in the past
These kinds of wounds they last and they last
Now, did you think it all through?
All these things will catch up to you
And time can heal but this won't
So if you’re coming my way
Just don’t

[Pre-Chorus]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus]
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!

[Bridge]
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts
If you love like that, blood runs cold

[Chorus]
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them (think we can solve 'em)
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done (look what you've done)
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!

[Intro: Taylor]
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause, baby, now we got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 1: Kendrick]
I can't take it back, look where I'm at
We was OG like D.O.C., remember that?
My TLC was quite OD, ID my facts
Now POV of you and me, similar Iraq
I don't hate you but I hate to critique, overrate you
These beats of a dark heart, use basslines to replace you
Take time and erase you, love don't hear no more
No I don't fear no more
Better yet respect ain't quite sincere no more

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus: Taylor]
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!

[Verse 1: Kendrick]
Remember when you tried to write me off?
Remember when you thought I'd take a loss?
Don't you remember? You thought I would need ya
Follow procedure, remember? Oh wait, you got amnesia
It was my season for battle wounds
Battle scars, body bumped, bruised
Stabbed in the back; brimstone, fire jumping through
Still, all my life, I got money and power
And you gotta live with the bad blood now

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor]
Oh, it’s so sad to
Think about the good times
You and I

[Chorus: Taylor]
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!

[Bridge: Taylor & Kendrick]
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
You live like that, you live with ghosts
(You forgive, you forget but you never let it go)
Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes
You say sorry just for show
If you live like that, you live with ghosts
If you love like that, blood runs cold

[Chorus]
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we've got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them (think we can solve 'em)
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!
'Cause baby now we got bad blood
You know it used to be mad love
So take a look what you’ve done (look what you've done)
'Cause baby now we got bad blood, hey!
Now we got problems
And I don’t think we can solve them
You made a really deep cut
And baby now we got bad blood, hey!


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2015 American Music Awards Collaboration of the Year Nominated
Capricho Awards International Clip Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Song Won
Best Video Nominated
Best Collaboration Nominated
NRJ Music Awards Video of the Year Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Break-Up Song Won
Choice Music Collaboration Won
Choice Summer Song Nominated
Telehit Awards Video of the Year Won
UK Music Video Awards Best Pop Video - International Won
Best Styling Won
2016 ASCAP Pop Music Awards Most Performed Song Won
BMI Pop Awards BMI Award Won
Grammy Awards Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Nominated
Best Music Video Won
Hito Music Awards Best Western Song Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year Won
Best Collaboration Won
Best Art Direction Nominated
Best Cinematography Nominated
Best Direction Nominated
Best Editing Nominated
Best Visual Effects Nominated
Song of the Summer Nominated
Much Music Video Awards International Artist of the Year Nominated
Most Buzzworthy International Artist or Group Nominated
Myx Music Awards Favortie International Video Won
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Favorite Collaboration Nominated
People's Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Radio Disney Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Best Breakup Song Won

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References

  1. Reinvention of Taylor Swift: Cover Story - Rolling Stone - https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/the-reinvention-of-taylor-swift-116925/

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