True Story: Behind Bad Blood
Singers and songwriters have some of the most difficult jobs in the universe. Not only must they struggle against the constraints of sentence structure in the English language in forming half-assed thoughts in sloppy freeform, but they also have to deliver it with a conviction that makes us believe that what they’re saying is real. The emotion they pour into each of their syllables and the overbearing intensity of the beat are just tools to make us step into the lives that they never had, but the ones they wanted to have just so they could make songs like the ones they do.
And that’s where we’ve all done Taylor Swift a gigantic disservice. After treating all of her songs about her respective boyfriends (among them, Fifteen, Forever and Always, Dear John, Back to December, and Red) with the necessary amount of seriousness – which was somewhat close to zero – everyone began extrapolating that sentiment to all of her tracks. And in some cases this was probably justified. No one doubts that Taylor knew that the proverbial “you” were trouble when you walked in. In all likelihood, she’s far too vain to ever think that she could go out of style. And upon reading this, she’ll probably shake off all the jabs I’ve taken at her, along with all the benjamins sitting around on her shoulders. But we all messed up when we didn’t take her latest obnoxiously overplayed single at face value.
It was assumed that Bad Blood was in regards to a feud with Katy Perry. That much we had right. We even spotlighted how Katy dating one of T-Swizzle’s exes was an impetus for hatred to build. But the one element that pushed her over the top – enough to devote an entire song and recruit a bunch of celebrities for a master four-minute video – was the one that’s somehow gone unnoticed that she’s been shouting all over the radio.
The reason their relationship turned sour was actually after Perry broke up with John Mayer, making him ex to both of them, when they jointly hatched a plot to poison him. Unbeknownst to most, Taytay makes use of the ancient practice of leeching to rid herself of maladies or diseases that are lurking in wait, because those kinds of things totally work like that. These leeches typically siphon one’s bodily fluids and somehow spit them back into an often ornately decorated jar. This product is usually called ‘bad blood.’ This was the intended method of poison, as Taylor saw it, contradicting Katy’s intended use of a barrage of Lady Gaga music. In the effort to convince her that they didn’t need to go through the altogether torturous process of listening to all of Gaga’s music so they could truly pick out the worst songs, the once-and-future Mrs. Taylor Lautner finally snapped, roaring “NOW WE GOT BAD BLOOD” at her partner. Katy, infuriated that her trademark RoarTM had been used against her, ditched the plan.
Such was the pain that brought Tails to the depths she’d need to ultimately craft this incredible song. And even if it took this much, including leaving John Mayer alive, having people take Taylor Swift seriously was definitely worth it.