End Game - Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran and Future




The Experience: I don't wanna be just another ex-love you don't wanna see. Idon't wanna miss you... We all yearn for love that lasts and a person worth committing to. Where are they? And can I?

Music video: The video adds elements to the three people in play. Taylor wants fidelity... but she's fickle: the black cat. Future's offer of fame is underscored by  the glitzy yacht and Lamborghini, but his interactions with Taylor are distant. Ed Sheeran's are warmer, but he is almost always in a crowd - faithful like the bulldog, but not the exclusive intimate relationship that Taylor demands as her end game. Each of them has flaws that kill a potential happy ending.

The Meaning of End Game: The lyrics follow a girl and two men (Taylor, Ed Sheeran and Future) as they bare their motives. She (Taylor) wants to be the only one in someone's life. But she has baggage - I bury hatchets, but I keep maps of where I put 'em. He (Future) is a bad boy promising availability - one call away whenever you need me - and fame - you and me would be a big conversation. He (Ed Sheeran) is in love but acknowledges his flaws. The results? Inconclusive.

Ask yourself: What flaws do you have that get in the way of a deeply committed relationship?

Album: Reputation (2017)

LYRICS:


[Taylor Swift (Future)]
I wanna be your end game
I wanna be your first string
I wanna be your A-Team
I wanna be your end game, end game

Big reputation, big reputation
Ooh, you and me, we got big reputations
Ah, and you heard about me
Ooh, I got some big enemies (yeah)
Big reputation, big reputation
Ooh, you and me would be a big conversation
Ah, and I heard about you (yeah)
Ooh, you like the bad ones, too

[Future]
You so dope, don't overdose
I'm so stoked, I need a toast
We do the most, I'm in the Ghost like I'm whippin' a boat
I got a reputation, girl, that don't precede me (yeah)
I'm one call away whenever you need me (yeah)
I'm in a G5 (yeah), come to the A-Side (yeah)
I got a bad boy persona, that's what they like (what they like)
You love it, I love it, too, 'cause you my type (you my type)
You hold me down and I protect you with my life

[Taylor Swift (Future)]
I don't wanna touch you, I don't wanna be
Just another ex-love you don't wanna see
I don't wanna miss you (I don't wanna miss you)
Like the other girls do
I don't wanna hurt you, I just wanna be
Drinking on a beach with you all over me
I know what they all say (I know what they all say)
But I ain't tryna play

[Taylor Swift]
I wanna be your end game (End game)
I wanna be your first string (First string)
I wanna be your A-Team (A-Team)
I wanna be your end game, end game

[Ed Sheeran]
Knew her when I was young
Reconnected when we were little bit older, both sprung
I got issues and chips on both of my shoulders
Reputation precedes me; in rumors I’m knee-deep
The truth is it's easier to ignore it, believe me
Even when we'd argue, we'd not do it for long
And you understand the good and bad end up in a song
For all your beautiful traits and the way you do it with ease
For all my flaws, paranoia and insecurities
I've made mistakes and made some choices, that's hard to deny
After the storm, something was born on the 4th of July
I've passed days without fun, this end game is the one
With four words on the tip of my tongue, I'll never say it

[Taylor Swift]
I don't wanna touch you, I don't wanna be
Just another ex-love you don't wanna see
I don't wanna miss you (I don't wanna miss you)
Like the other girls do
I don't wanna hurt you, I just wanna be
Drinking on a beach with you all over me
I know what they all say, yeah, but I ain't tryna play

[Taylor Swift]
I wanna be your end game (End game)
I wanna be your first string (Wanna be your first string)
I wanna be your A-Team (A-Team)
I wanna be your end game, end game

[Taylor Swift]
Big reputation, big reputation
Ooh, you and me, we got big reputations
Ah, and you heard about me
Oh, I got some big enemies

[Taylor Swift and Future:]
Hey, big reputation, big reputation
Ooh, you and me would be a big conversation
Ah, and I heard about you
Ooh, you like the bad ones, too

[Taylor Swift]
I hit you like bang
We tried to forget it, but we just couldn't
And I bury hatchets, but I keep maps of where I put 'em
Reputation precedes me, they told you I'm crazy
I swear I don't love the drama, it loves me
And I can't let you go, your hand prints on my soul
It's like your eyes are liquor, it's like your body is gold
You've been calling my bluff on all my usual tricks
So here's the truth from my red lips

[Taylor Swift]
I wanna be your end game (End game)
I wanna be your first string 
[Future]
Me and you
[Taylor Swift]
I wanna be your A-Team
[Ed Sheeran]
Be your A-Team now
[Taylor Swift]
I wanna be your end game, end game
I wanna be your end game (oh, I do)
I wanna be your first string (first string)
I wanna be your A-Team (A-Team)
I wanna be your end game, end game

review by Benjamin O'Loughlin
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