I Did Something Bad is the third track of Taylor Swift's sixth album reputation. It was released on November 10, 2017.
Meaning and Background
Taylor said the following about the making of the song:
"This was the first song where Max and I felt like we really did something different from 1989. We were like, "Ohhhh, that is alright. Okay." This song is called 'l Did Something Bad' and I wrote this song on piano - it's not going to sound like it though. You're not going to say that after you hear it, its not that kind of song. I brought it into them and I was trying to explain the production. I had had a weird dream, you're like "Here we go again." I had woken up with this sound that was a sound that was so hooky and so catchy that I knew it had to be in a song. It was that annoying, it wouldn't stop going around in my head. The sound was "La da da da da da da da." It will always get your attention. Like after the chorus that's what I want to hear but I don't want it to be my voice, I want it to be an instrument. So what instrument is that? So I was playing the voice memo to Max and he's like, "There'ss not, like, an instrument that can do that but what we can do is take your voice and pitch it down so that it sounds like an enchantress/dude." So that's what you're hearing after the chorus. Anyway, this is called I Did Something Bad and this is when we kind of knew we might be onto something with the album."- Taylor about I Did Something Bad
The song is also influenced by the series Game of Thrones; Taylor wrote it after seeing the scene of Arya and Sansa conspiring to kill Littlefinger.
Taylor recorded the making of the song and released it on Taylor Swift Now. Part of it was also shown in Miss Americana.
- This is the first time Taylor swears in a song (If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing).
- Taylor opened the 2018 American Music Awards with this song (despite it not even being single).
- 2017 - iHeartRadio interview
- Taylor Swift reveals how Game of Thrones inspired Reputation | EW.com - https://www.ew.com/music/2019/05/09/taylor-swift-game-of-thrones-reputation/