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Don't Blame Me

reputation (2017)

“Don’t Blame Me” is a midtempo synthpop track on Taylor’s sixth album, reputation (2017). Taylor compares being in love to drug addiction. It is rumoured that the song was originally written for the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack.

Background

Taylor released her fifth studio album, 1989, in October 2014. Its synth-pop production transformed her sound and image from country-oriented to mainstream pop. The album was a massive commercial success, selling over five million copies in the U.S. within one year, and spawning three Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles. The BBC asserted that the success of 1989 solidified Taylor’s status as a global pop star.

In 2016, when Taylor was at the peak of overexposure, some of her rivals in the industry (including Scooter Braun, Kanye West and Justin Bieber) succeded in launching a worldwide hate campaign against her. As a result, Taylor disappeared from public view for an entire year and thought about quitting music for good. She became increasingly reticent on social media, having previously maintained an active presence with a large following, and avoided interactions with the press. She conceived her sixth studio album, reputation, as an answer to the media commotion surrounding her celebrity.

Lyrical Theme

The comparison of love to a drug has appeared in many popular songs over the years. While talking about “Don’t Blame Me” at the “reputation Secret Sessions“, Taylor explained her concept behind the song.

«Three things can really change someone – love, drugs and religion.»

Taylor Swift

Based on this idea, she was inspired to put these aspects together in a song. Taylor has said that she loves the passion of religious music, so she wanted to include gospel influences near the end of the song. Lyrically, she may possibly be referring to the ‘serial dater’ reputation the media has created for her. She wrote her 2014 song “Blank Space” from the same perspective: the character that the media branded her as. She is claiming that she is mad and insane, that love is her drug, mocking the reputation she has been given by the media. The first part of this lyric can also be a reference to “Blank Space”, which goes:

Got a long list of ex-lovers
They’ll tell you I’m insane
‘Cause you know I love the players

In addition, Taylor may also have intended to refer to the comic book villain, Poison Ivy, and Daisy, the central love interest of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. They also work together to show the two sides of Taylor’s public image, one of a calculating, evil villainess, and one of a love-struck victim. She has said that the novel also inspired her while writing “Delicate“. Taylor further referenced The Great Gatsby on “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”:

Feeling so Gatsby for that whole year

Lyrics

[Chorus]
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy
If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right
Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life

[Verse 1]
I’ve been breaking hearts a long time
And toying with them older guys
Just playthings for me to use
Something happened for the first time
In the darkest little paradise
Shaking, pacing, I just need you

[Pre-chorus 1]
For you, I would cross the line
I would waste my time
I would lose my mind
They say, “She’s gone too far this time”

[Chorus]
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy
If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right
Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy
If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right
Oh, Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life

[Verse 2]
My name is whatever you decide
And I’m just gonna call you mine
I’m insane, but I’m your baby (Your baby)
Echoes (echoes) of your name inside my mind
Halo hiding my obsession
I once was poison ivy, but now I’m your daisy

[Pre-chorus 2]
And baby, for you, I would fall from grace
Just to touch your face
If you walk away, I’d beg you on my knees to stay

[Chorus]
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy
If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right
Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy
If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right
Oh, Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life

[Bridge]
I get so high (Oh!)
Every time you’re, every time you’re loving me, you’re loving me
Trip of my life (Oh!)
Every time you’re, every time you’re touching me, you’re touching me
Every time you’re, every time you’re loving me
Oh, Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life (Using for the rest of my life, oh-whoa-oh-oh)

[Chorus]
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy
If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right (Doing it right, no)
Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life
Don’t blame me, love made me crazy
If it doesn’t, you ain’t doing it right (You ain’t doing it right)
Oh, Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life (I’ll be using, I’ll be using)

[Outro]
I get so high (Oh!)
Every time you’re, every time you’re loving me, you’re loving me
Oh, Lord, save me, my drug is my baby
I’ll be using for the rest of my life

General Information
Albumreputation
ReleasedNovember 10, 2017
Recorded2016–2017
GenreElectro Pop
Synth Pop
EDM
Length3:56
LabelBig Machine Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Max Martin
Shellback
ProducersMax Martin
Shellback
REPUTATION CHRONOLOGY
I Did Something BadDon’t Blame MeDelicate
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