Taylor Swift has a falling out with a now ex-friend in the polarizing “Bad Blood.”
Pouting synths open the single, setting a juenvile tone. The chorus opens the single. She couldn’t believe it. Her boss called in her into his office and asked her how things were going. She said ok but when he answered with “are you sure?” He said it came to his attention that some of the people had been complaining about her. As he went on, she figured out who it was. It was why her now ex-friend wouldn’t reply to her texts. She has no intention of talking to her anymore. (“Cause baby, now we've got bad blood/You know it used to be mad love/So take a look what you've done/Cause baby, now we've got bad blood, hey!/Now we've got problems/And I don't think we can solve 'em/You made a really deep cut/And baby, now we've got bad blood, hey.”)
She sees her now ex-friend while out with some mutual people they both know. She smirks and waves as she passes by. She doesn’t even bother. There was no reason to try to get her into trouble. They had a good friendship. They talked about what was bugging them and had plenty in common. (“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.”)
In the pre-chorus, she thinks of how they used talk about which guys were cute. They would hang out and goof off at the bar after a long day at work. (“Oh, it's so sad to/Think about the good times/You and I.”)
The chorus is sung again.
Her now ex-friend asks her if she wants to go the bar next weekend. She gives her a confused look. She tells her no and walks towards her real friends. It was as though nothing happened. It took a lot of nerve to do that. Eventually, she believes, the ex-friend will turn on her own current group. Soon, she won’t have anybody. (“Did you think we'd be fine?/Still got scars in my back from your knives/So don't think it's in the past/These kind 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 come in my way/Just don't.”)
The pre-chorus and chorus are sung again.
In the bridge, the ex-friend, with a big group of people watching, apologizes to her. She shakes her head and says “whatever.” It’s not going to work. (“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.”)
The chorus is sung twice to end the single.
I’m pretending the version with Kendrick Lamar doesn’t exist. It’s Lamar on verses and while Swift provides the chorus. It’s basically a Taylor Swift song in name only.
Swift crosses her arms and tightens her lips. The ex-friend burned the bridge. They are never going to be friends ever again. While her anger is understandable, sometimes it’s best to take the high road. Her feuds with other people bring out the worst in her and “Bad Blood” is no exception. She reduces herself to the popular eighth grader who knows people are afraid of her and uses it against them.
The catty “Bad Blood” is telling of Swift’s future – in her 40s, past her prime, talking about how the young, hot pop star slighted her at an awards show.