I’ve had every part of my life dissected — my choices, my actions, my words, my body, my style, my music. When you live your life under that kind of scrutiny, you can either let it break you, or you can get really good at dodging punches. And when one lands, you know how to deal with it. And I guess the way that I deal with it is to shake it off.
It’s like I got this music in my mind sayin’ it’s gonna be alright
"I’ve learned that I’m going to go through really high highs and really low lows. I don’t always pick the right people to trust. But I’m not going to stop trusting people."
she’s ready to blaze into the next phase of her still-young career, where she’ll continue to dance like no one’s watching, write like she stole our collective diary, and inevitably soar to ever-greater heights.
I think my life has changed in ways that have surprised me. You know, deciding to spend my time in New York, cutting my hair, becoming all of a sudden surrounded by this great group of strong, beautiful, smart women who challenge me and push me forward. Those are all changes in my life, and you know, I think with this album, I try not to do anything too overtly, like yes my life is consisting of priority on friends right now, but I dont have any song that’s like, Best Friends Anthem!, like I really am trying to put these messages across subtlety and tell stories where kind of those aspects of my life are felt rather than kind of said to you.
Taylor Swift on writing about friendship on ‘1989’ (x)
I think it’s about taking pride in the fact that you know who you are and it honestly doesn’t matter if someone else doesn’t understand you.
Taylor Swift talking about Shake It Off (Radio 1 August 19th 2014)
The message in the song (Shake It Off) is a problem I think we all deal with and an issue that we deal with on a daily basis. That we don’t live just in a celebrity take down culture, WE live in a take down culture. People will find anything about you and twist it to where it’s weird or wrong or annoying or strange or bad. You have to not only live your life in spite of people who don’t understand you, you have to have more fun than they do.
Taylor Swift on Shake It Off (x
Writing ‘Red’, I was 21 and 22 and back then I think my priorities were different. My priorities were, I was very enamored by romance and the idea of that. At 24, at this point, I’m just really like, I just want to be with my friends, and I wanna make music, and I wanna play shows, and I wanna travel the world, and I want to define my life on my own terms. That’s my list of priorities now which is different than it was a couple years ago.
Taylor Swift on the difference between writing ‘Red’ and ‘1989’ (x)
FORGETTING HIM WAS LIKE
TRYIN’ TO KNOW SOMEBODY YOU’VE NEVER MET
BUT LOVING HIM WAS
I would like to thank Scott Borchetta for letting Taylor do whatever she fucking wants to do.
Baby, I just gonna shake it off.