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ME! is the sixteenth track and lead single of Taylor Swift's seventh album Lover. It was released on April 26, 2019. It features Brendon Urie from Panic at the Disco!

Meaning and Background

"As soon I thought of the chorus melody, and we were working on what it was going to be, I was like, 'This is definitely a duet because it feels like you would want both sides. It's about individuality and confidence in a relationship, like 'You're irreplaceable. I'm irreplaceable. Let's not be insecure about this.'"

- Taylor about ME![1]

Trivia

  • The line "Hey kids, spelling is fun!" was removed from the song four months after release.
    • Taylor and Brendon talked about the line during a livestream: "We wanted it to be something playful, we didn't want it to take itself too seriously at all. We didn't want anybody to be like 'Oh this is a very serious love song."
  • The line "I know that I went psycho on the phone" was originally "I know I said some bullshit on the phone" and the line "I promise that you'll never find another like me" was originally "I tell you that you'll never find another like me".

Music Video

The video was released on April 26, 2019. It was directed by Dave Meyers.

Storyline
The video starts with a snake resolving into butterflies (symbolizing the end of reputation and start of her new album). Taylor and Brendon are then seen arguing in French, saying the following:

Brendon
Please calm down.
Taylor
I can't talk when you're like this.
Brendon
You are so dramatic.
Taylor
How dare you?! And in front of our young daughters! (points at cats)
Brendon
*sighs* You need to calm down.
Taylor
I AM CALM!

Taylor leaves the room and enters a hallway, looking sad. She then starts smiling and walks the hall, singing the first verse. Entering the lobby, a cloud formed like a snake tries to swallow her, but turns into dust. When she leaves the house, she's wearing a pastel suit. She dances with her backup dancers on the streets, also wearing pastel suits and holding bags. Meanwhile, Brendon is still in the room looking annoyed. He jumps out of the window while holding an umbrella. He lands next to Taylor, who's wearing a pink dress sitting on a rooftop. The dress turns into a pink waterfall. Brendon offers her flowers and a ring, but Taylor doesn't want them. He then gives her a kitten, which she happily accepts. Brendon opens his heart, revealed to be a kaleidoscope. Taylor and Brendon are then seen dancing on a heart-shaped stage with an angelband behind them. Fans are cheering and screaming for them. The scene then cuts to Taylor and Brendon wearing marching band uniforms with hundreds of pink-clothes back-up dancers. The video cuts to the sky where they are dancing on a floating window. Back on the streets, Brendon summons paint and Taylor also wears a dress melting into paint. Brendon holds an umbrella to protect them from the falling paint. The video ends with them leaving together.

Trivia

  • Taylor met her third cat, Benjamin Button, as a kitten on set. She adopted him after finding out he didn't have a home yet.
  • The video broke the record for most viewed Vevo video in 24 hours at the time.
  • Fans could already find the album title in the video before it was officially confirmed.
  • The video includes hints at a few other of Taylor's songs:
    • Taylor tells Brandon "I can't talk to you when you're like this." This is a lyric from False God.
    • Brendon tells Taylor "You need to calm down", a reference to Taylor's next single You Need to Calm Down.
    • The scene where Brendon opens his heart and it's revealed to be a kaleidoscope, is a reference to the line "kaleidoscope of loud heartbeats under coats" from Welcome to New York.
  • There's a picture of The Chicks in the video, a hint at their collab with Taylor for Soon You'll Get Better.

Lyrics

[Intro: Taylor Swift]
I promise that you'll never find another like me

[Verse 1: Taylor Swift]
I know that I'm a handful, baby, uh
I know I never think before I jump
And you're the kind of guy the ladies want
(And there's a lot of cool chicks out there)
I know that I went psycho on the phone
I never leave well enough alone
And trouble's gonna follow where I go
(And there's a lot of cool chicks out there)

[Pre-Chorus: Taylor Swift]
But one of these things is not like the others
Like a rainbow with all of the colors
Baby doll, when it comes to a lover
I promise that you'll never find another like

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
Me-e-e, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
I'm the only one of me
Baby, that's the fun of me
Eeh-eeh-eeh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
You're the only one of you
Baby, that's the fun of you
And I promise that nobody's gonna love you like me-e-e

[Verse 2: Brendon Urie & Taylor Swift]
I know I tend to make it about me
I know you never get just what you see
But I will never bore you, baby
(And there's a lot of lame guys out there)
And when we had that fight out in the rain
You ran after me and called my name
I never wanna see you walk away
(And there's a lot of lame guys out there)

[Pre-Chorus: Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift & Both]
'Cause one of these things is not like the others
Livin' in winter, I am your summer
Baby doll, when it comes to a lover
I promise that you'll never find another like

[Chorus: Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift & Both]
Me-e-e, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
I'm the only one of me
Let me keep you company
Eeh-eeh-eeh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh
You're the only one of you
Baby, that's the fun of you
And I promise that nobody's gonna love you like me-e-e

[Bridge: Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift & Both]
Hey, kids!
Spelling is fun!
Girl, there ain't no I in "team"
But you know there is a "me"
Strike the band up, 1, 2, 3
I promise that you'll never find another like me
Girl, there ain't no I in "team"
But you know there is a "me"
And you can't spell "awesome" without "me"
I promise that you'll never find another like

[Chorus: Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift & Both]
Me-e-e (Yeah), ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (And I want ya, baby)
I'm the only one of me (I'm the only one of me)
Baby, that's the fun of me (Baby, that's the fun of me)
Eeh-eeh-eeh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Oh)
You're the only one of you (Oh)
Baby, that's the fun of you
And I promise that nobody's gonna love you like me-e-e

[Outro: Brendon Urie, Taylor Swift & Both]
Girl, there ain't no I in "team" (Ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
But you know there is a "me"
I'm the only one of me (Oh-oh)
Baby, that's the fun of me
(Eeh-eeh-eeh, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh)
Strike the band up, 1, 2, 3
You can't spell "awesome" without "me"
You're the only one of you
Baby, that's the fun of you
And I promise that nobody's gonna love you like me-e-e


Awards & Nominations

Year Organization Award Result
2019 BreakTudo Awards Boom Clip of the Year Nominated
MTV Europe Music Awards Best Video Won
MTV Video Music Awards Best Collaboration Nominated
Best Visuel Effects Won
Best Cinematography Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Female Video – International Won
People's Choice Awards Music Video of the Year Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Song by a Female Artist Nominated
Choice Pop Song Nominated
2020 ASCAP Pop Music Awards ASCAP Pop Award Won
BMI Pop Awards BMI Award Won
Dance Magazine Awards Best Music Video Won
Hito Music Awards Best Western Song Won
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best Music Video Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Collaboration Nominated

Videos

References

  1. 10 Things We Learned From Taylor Swift And Brendon Urie's Instagram Live (buzzfeed.com) - https://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanschocket2/10-things-we-learned-from-taylor-swift-and-brendon-uries/
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