Blank Space

Single | 1989 (2014)

Taylor has stated that she wrote “Blank Space” from the perspective of a character she created based on claims made about her by the media. The character combines the various portrayals of her dating persona — being overly attached, dating just for publicity etc. It was the second single released from her fifth studio album “1989” (2014).

In “Blank Space,” this new persona has spotted a bad boy and although she knows he is trouble and that the relationship is doomed, she pursues him. This persona the media created seems to equally enjoy the over-the-top fantasy that comes from the first stages of love and the messy crash when her clingy, jealous, abusive side comes out.

“Every few years, the media finds something they unanimously agree is annoying about me. 2012-2013 they thought I was dating too much, because I dated two people in a year and a half: ‘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 kind of excessive and at first it was hurtful, but then I found a little bit of comedy in it. This character is so interesting, though. If you read these gossip sites, they describe how I am so opposite my actual life: I’m clingy and I’m awful and I throw fits and there’s drama. An emotionally fragile, unpredictable mess. I painted a whole picture of this character: she lives in a mansion with marble floors, she wears Dolce & Gabbana around the house, and she wears animal print unironically. So I created this whole character and I had fun doing it. Half the people got the joke, half the people thought I was really owning the fact that I’m a psychopath. Either one’s fine. It was No. 1 for eight or nine weeks, so I have no complaints.” — Taylor Swift

She explained the meaning of the line “boys only want love if it’s torture”:

“I was thinking about this. Boys only want love if it’s torture and a constant chase. Men want love if it’s real, right, healthy and consistent.” — Taylor Swift

COMMERCIAL PERFORMANCE
“Blank Space” reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, following “Shake It Off“. Taylor became the first woman in the Hot 100’s history to succeed herself at the top spot. A critical success, it has also been included in numerous year-end critics’ lists.

MUSIC VIDEO
The song’s accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and was shot over three days at Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. It won 2 MTV Video Music Awards (“Best Pop Video” and “Best Female Video”) on August 30, 2015. It is one of the most viewed music videos of all time.

AWARD RECOGNITION
Taylor and American Express created a free app that showed an interactive 360° world of the music video. Fans could also explore various rooms in the house filled with objects they had to find. This app won Taylor an EMMY award in 2015. However, it is not available for download anymore.

“Blank Space” further received three nominations at the 58th GRAMMY Awards for “Record of the Year”, “Song of the Year” and “Best Pop Solo Performance”.

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?

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 2]
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

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

General Information
Album1989
ReleasedOctober 27, 2014
RecordedOctober, 2013
StudioConway Studios (Los Angeles)
GenreElectro Pop
Length3:52
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Max Martin
Shellback
ProducersMax Martin
Shellback
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Welcome to New YorkBlank SpaceStyle
Single Certification
Hidden Message
There once was a girl known by everyone and no one
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Live Acoustic Performance
Official Audio
Official Voice Memo