Shake It Off - Taylor Swift


The Experience: Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake. I shake it off, I shake it off... Don't worry about being real - fakers - haters, or heartbreak. That sounds like a dream come true... almost.




Music video: Taylor Swift goes through the motions of different dance and song styles, alternating faster and faster between ballet, hip-hop, pop, rap, and more. What's interesting about the set-up is that she isn't the best at any of them - she doesn't even really dance any of them. And that begs the question: you can try to talk the talk, but in the end it's easy to be fake. It seems like Taylor is trying to branch out... but feels like she's lost a bit of what made her Taylor. Which style is the real Taylor Swift? Which lifestyle is the real you?

The Meaning of Shake It Off: Taylor Swift's new single epitomizes the eternal dream of no strings attached. Just do it. Don't worry about tomorrow and don't sweat the consequences. Shake it off... That has a lot of appeal. But it isn't real. And in the end, it isn't fulfilling either. That becomes obvious when Taylor starts free-styling half way through the song - when your ex shows up with his new girlfriend, you care. When people lie to you or cheat on you, you care. No consequences means no meaning. And no meaning means a very empty life - just like the music video, where Taylor goes through the motions of everything, without ever committing. Without excelling. Without being real.


Ask yourself: Are you happy to shake it off? Or do you crave meaning?

LYRICS:

I stay out too late
Got nothing in my brain
That's what people say, mmm-mmm
That's what people say, mmm-mmm

I go on to many dates [chuckle]
But I can't make 'em stay
At least that's what people say, mmm-mmm
That's what people say, mmm-mmm

But I keep cruising
Can't stop, won't stop moving
It's like I got this music
In my mind
Singing, "It's gonna be alright."

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

I never miss a beat
I'm lightning on my feet
And that's what they don't see, mmm-mmm
that's what they don't see, mmm-mmm

I'm dancing on my own (dancing on my own)
I make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go)
And that's what they don't know, mmm-mmm
that's what they don't know, mmm-mmm

But I keep cruising
Can't stop, won't stop grooving
It's like I got this music
In my mind
Singing, "It's gonna be alright."

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Hey, hey, hey
Just think while you've been getting down and out about the liars and the dirty, dirty cheats of the world,
You could've been getting down to this sick beat.

My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She's like "Oh, my god, I'm just gonna shake."
And to the fella over there with the hella good hair
Won't you come on over, baby? We can shake, shake, shake

Yeah

'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heart-breakers gonna break, break, break, break, break
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off,
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

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