Blank Space is the second track and single of Taylor's fifth album 1989. It was released on October 27, 2014. It became a single on November 10, 2014.

Meaning and Background

"Writing that song was a journey. It was one of those things where I would be writing lines years before I ended up constructing the song. I’ll be going about my daily life and I’ll think of like, ‘Wow, so you only have two real options in relationships, like it’s going to be forever or it’s going to go down in flames.’ I’ll jot that down in my notes. I’ll come up with a line that I think is clever, like, ‘Darling, I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.’ I just pick them and put them where they fit and construct the bridge out of more lines. I’d come up with in the last couple years. It was really more like a crossword puzzle. ‘Blank Space’ was like the culmination of all my best ones, one after the other. From 2012 to 2013, they thought I was dating too much because I dated two people in a year and a half, but whatever – we’ll leave it there. ‘Oh, a serial dater. She only writes songs to get emotional revenge on guys. She’s a man hater. Don’t let her near your boyfriend.’ It was just kind of excessive and, you know, at first it was hurtful and then I kind of found a little comedy in it. This character is so interesting, though. If you go and read these gossip sites and they describe how I am, it’s so opposite my actual life. 'You know, I can get these guys. I’m just like a nightmare and I’m clingy and I’m awful and I throw fits and tantrums and there’s drama. But then they leave. They can’t stay away so they come back. But then I drive them away again. I’m emotionally fragile and just this unpredictable mess'. [For the music video] I painted a whole picture of this character,” she says. “She lived in a mansion with marble floors and she wears Dolce and Gabbana around the house. She wears animal print, unironically. And so I created this whole character, and I had fun doing it.”

- Taylor about Blank Space[1]

Trivia

  • Her favorite line of the song was 'Got a long list of ex lovers. They’ll tell you I’m insane. But I’ve got a blank space, baby, and I’ll write your name'
    • Many people thought the line was "Got a lot of Starbucks Lovers", even Taylor's mom did, Andrea Swift.

Music Video

The music video was released on November 10, 2014. It features model Sean O'Pry. The video was directed by Joseph Kahn and filmed in September 2014 at the Oheka Castle, New York.

Storyline
The video starts out with Taylor's lover arriving at her enormous mansion. The have dinner together, dance, ride bikes, paint, ride horses, etc. Then, Taylor sees her lover texting someone. She screams at him and they have a huge fight. She takes revenge by throwing his phone in the pool, ruining his paintings, cutting up his clothes, setting them on fire and destroying his car. As the lover is gone and the video ends, a new man arrives.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Nice to meet you, where you been?
I could show you incredible things
Magic, madness, heaven, sin
Saw you there and I thought
Oh my God, look at that face
You look like my next mistake
Love's a game, wanna play?

[Verse 2]
New money, suit and tie
I can read you like a magazine
Ain't it funny, rumors fly
And I know you heard about me
So hey, let's be friends
I'm dying to see how this one ends
Grab your passport and my hand
I can make the bad guys good for a weekend

[Chorus]
So it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
'Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game
'Cause we're young and we're reckless
We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
But I've got a blank space, baby
And I'll write your name

[Verse 3]
Cherry lips, crystal skies
I could show you incredible things
Stolen kisses, pretty lies
You're the King, baby, I'm your Queen
Find out what you want
Be that girl for a month
Wait, the worst is yet to come, oh no

[Verse 4]
Screaming, crying, perfect storms
I can make all the tables turn
Rose garden filled with thorns
Keep you second guessing like
"Oh my God, who is she?"
I get drunk on jealousy
But you'll come back each time you leave
'Cause, darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream

[Chorus]
So it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
'Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game
'Cause we're young and we're reckless
We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
But I've got a blank space, baby
And I'll write your name

[Bridge]
Boys only want love if it's torture
Don't say I didn't say, I didn't warn ya
Boys only want love if it's torture
Don't say I didn't say, I didn't warn ya

[Chorus]
So it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
'Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game
'Cause we're young and we're reckless
We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
But I've got a blank space, baby
And I'll write your name


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2015 American Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Video) Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Lyrics Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video Won
Best Pop Video Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Female Video – International Nominated
MTV Millennial Awards International Hit of the Year Nominated
Much Music Video Awards International Video of the Year – Artist Nominated
Premios Juventud Favorite Hit Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Party Song Nominated
V Chart Awards Best Music Video of the Year Won
2016 APRA Awards International Work of the Year Nominated
BMI Pop Awards BMI Award Won
Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated

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References

  1. Taylor Swift – How I Wrote My Massive Hit 'Blank Space' - YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bYUDY4lmls
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