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End Game is the second track and third single of Taylor Swift's sixth album reputation. It was released on November 10, 2017. It features Ed Sheeran and Future.

Meaning and Background

The song is about wanting to be with someone until the end and references to Taylor's reputation.

Trivia

  • This is her second collaboration with Ed Sheeran, the first being Everything Has Changed.
  • The line "I wanna be your A-Team" references to Ed Sheeran's single The A-Team.

Music Video

The music video was released on January 11, 2018. It was directed by Joseph Kahn.

Storyline
The video starts out in Miami. Taylor is seen sitting in a car and dancing on a yacht. When Future's verse comes on, she and Future hang out on the yacht and drive a car. Next, Taylor is sitting in a big hallway. She's then on the beach with fireworks exploding in the sky. Taylor now goes to Tokyo, where she walks through the city and hangs out with Ed at a club. She's then seen driving a motorcycle and is now in London. Here, she and her friends have a new year's party. Next, she's in a red bus with her friends. The video ends with Taylor standing on a bridge.

Triva

  • The video includes a lot of snake references:
    • Taylor is seen playing the game 'Snake' on a game console.
    • Taylor is drinking with snake straws.
    • When riding a motorcycle, Taylor is wearing a snakeskin suit.

Lyrics

[Chorus: Taylor Swift & Future]
I wanna be your end game
I wanna be your first string
I wanna be your A-Team (Whoa, whoa, whoa)
I wanna be your end game, end game

[Post-Chorus: Taylor Swift & Future]
Big reputation, big reputation
Ooh, you and me, we got big reputations
Ah, and you heard about me
Ooh, I got some big enemies (yeah)
Big reputation, big reputation
Ooh, you and me would be a big conversation
Ah, and I heard about you (yah)
Ooh, you like the bad ones, too

[Verse 1: Future]
You so dope, don't overdose
I’m so stoked, I need a toast
We do the most, I'm in the Ghost like I'm whippin’ a boat
I got a reputation, girl, that don't precede me (yah)
I'm a call away whenever you need me (yeah)
I'm in a G5 (yeah), come to the A-Side (yeah)
I got a bad boy persona, that's what they like (what they like)
You love it, I love it, too, 'cause you my type (you my type)
You hold me down and I protect you with my life

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift & Future]
I don't wanna touch you, I don't wanna be
Just another ex-love you don’t wanna see
I don’t wanna miss you (I don't wanna miss you)
Like the other girls do
I don’t wanna hurt you, I just wanna be
Drinking on a beach with you all over me
I know what they all say (I know what they all say)
But I ain't tryna play

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
I wanna be your end game (end game)
I wanna be your first string (wanna be your first string)
I wanna be your A-Team (A-Team)
I wanna be your end game, end game

[Verse 2: Ed Sheeran]
Now well, when I was young, we connected
When we were little bit older, both sprung
I got issues and chips on both of my shoulders
Reputation precedes me and rumors are knee-deep
The truth is, it's easier to ignore it, believe me
Even when we'd argue, we’d not do it for long
And you understand the good and bad end up in a song
For all your beautiful traits and the way you do it with ease
For all my flaws, paranoia and insecurities
I've made mistakes and made some choices, that's hard to deny
After the storm, something was born on the 4th of July
I've passed days without fun, this end game is the one
With four words on the tip of my tongue, I'll never say it

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
I don't wanna touch you, I don't wanna be
Just another ex love you don't wanna see
I don't wanna miss you like the other girls do
I don't wanna hurt you, I just wanna be
Drinking on a beach with you all over me
I know what they all say, yeah, but I ain't tryna play

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
I wanna be your end game (end game)
I wanna be your first string (wanna be your first string)
I wanna be your A-Team (A-Team)
I wanna be your end game, end game

[Post-Chorus: Taylor Swift & 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
Hey, big reputation, big reputation
Ooh, you and me would be a big conversation
Ah, and I heard about you
Ooh, you like the bad ones, too

[Verse 3: Taylor Swift]
I hit you like bang
We tried to forget it, but we just couldn't
And I bury hatchets, but I keep maps of where I put 'em
Reputation precedes me, they told you I'm crazy
I swear I don't love the drama, it loves me
And I can't let you go, your hand prints on my soul
It's like your eyes are liquor, it's like your body is gold
You've been calling my bluff on all my usual tricks
So here's a truth from my red lips

[Chorus: Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran & Future]
I wanna be your end game (end game)
I wanna be your first string (me and you,, first string)
I wanna be your A-Team (be your A-Team now, A-Team)
I wanna be your end game, end game
I wanna be your end game (oh I do)
I wanna be your first string (first string)
I wanna be your A-Team (A-Team)
I wanna be your end game, end game


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2018 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music Collaboration Nominated
2019 BMI London Awards Pop Award Won
BMI Pop Awards BMI Award Won

Videos

References

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