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Both of Us

Strange Clouds (B.o.B. Album) | 2012

“Both of Us” is an alternative hip hop song, with musical influences of country rap and dubstep, by American rapper B.o.B, released on May 22, 2012, as the third single from his second studio album, Strange Clouds (2012). The lyrics talk about racism and bullying and feature vocals from Taylor.

Background and Release

It was Taylor who came up with the idea for the collaboration after she visited B.o.B’s label, Grand Hustle Records. The rapper explained: “She came to Atlanta and she hit up Grand Hustle. I wasn’t there. Tip was there and I eventually linked with her in Dallas and the rest is history.” This is not the first time Taylor contributed to a hip hop song, her other collaborations with include her “Thug Story” hook up with T-Pain at the CMT Music Awards (2009) and two years later, she recruited T.I., Nicki Minaj and Flo Rida, to assist her during the “Speak Now World Tour“.

Critical Reception

“Both of Us” was released to critical acclaim, most praising Taylor’s feature, with some calling the country rap collaboration as a sweet and melodic catchy song.

Commercial Performance

Both of Us” debuted on the Australian Singles Chart at No. 46. The song sold 143,000 copies in its first week, along with the album release, debuting at No. 18 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became the week’s top debut. The single sold over 1,000,000 digital copies as of August 25, 2013.

Lyrics

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
I wish I was strong enough to lift not one but both of us
Some day I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us

[Verse 1: B.o.B.]
Ever thought about losing it
When your money’s all gone and you lose your whip
You might lose your grip when the landlord tell ya that you’re due for rent
And the grass so green on the other side
Make a n**** wanna run straight through the fence
Open up the fridge bout twenty times
But still can’t find no food in it
That’s foolishness
And sometimes I wonder, why we care so much about the way we look
And the way we talk and the way we act
And the clothes we bought, how much that cost?
Does it even really matter?
‘Cause if life is an uphill battle
We all tryna climb with the same ol’ ladder
In the same boat, with the same ol’ paddle
Why so shallow? I’m just asking
What’s the pattern for the madness
Everybody ain’t a number one draft pick
Most of us ain’t Hollywood actors
But if it’s all for one, and one for all
Then maybe one day, we all can ball
Do it one time for the underdogs
Sincerely yours, from one of y’all

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
I wish I was strong enough to lift not one but both of us
Some day I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us

[Verse 2: B.o.B.]
I can feel your pain, I can feel your struggle
You just wanna live, been everything so low
That you could drown in a puddle
That’s why I gotta hold us up, yeah hold us up
For all the times no one’s ever spoke for us
To every single time that they play this song
You can say that that’s what Bobby Ray wrote for us
When the tides get too high
And the sea up underneath get so deep
And you feel like you’re just another person
Getting lost in the crowd, way up high in the nosebleed
Uh, because we won’t be near yet, both of us
But we still stand tall with our shoulders up
And even though we always against the odds
These are the things that have molded us
And if life hadn’t chosen us
Sometimes I wonder where I would’ve wound up
‘Cause if it was up to me, I’d make a new blueprint
Then build it from the ground up, hey
But if it’s all for one, and one for all
Then maybe one day, we all can ball
Do it one time for the underdogs
From Bobby Ray, to all of y’all

[Chorus: Taylor Swift]
I wish I was strong enough to lift not one but both of us
Some day I will be strong enough to lift not one but both of us

General Information
Released May 22, 2012
Recorded 2011
Genre Alternative Hip Hop
Length 3:36
Label Grand Hustle
Rebel Rock
Atlantic
Songwriters B.o.B.
Taylor Swift
Ammar Malik
Lukasz Gottwald
Henry Walter
Producers Dr. Luke
Cirkut
Single Certification
Music Video
Making of