Shake It Off

1989byTaylor Swift

Released in 2014 / 20 tracks, 4 mins 1 sec

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"Shake It Off"

In 2014, Taylor Swift released the first Single off her then-upcoming Album, giving audiences the very first official glimpse of the Country Pop heroine’s eventual turn to the dark side of straight-up Pop music – “Shake It Off” makes itself known right out of the gates, hitting hard with a high school marching band percussion rhythm & some seriously groovy baritone sax melodies that instantly lodge themselves deep within your brain, seemingly on repeat within your mind’s music library for the foreseeable future. As the track goes on, Swift’s lyrics directly call out the culture of tabloid rumours & dating gossip which surrounds her career within the first verse with lines like “I stay out too late, got nothing in my brain” & “I go on too many dates […] at least that’s what people say,” referencing the media’s obsession with how quickly she ran through boyfriends – subsequently writing songs about each one’s flaws – & the fact that she was growing up too fast, solely based on their image of innocence that had been associated with the singer since she’d been in the public eye from a very young age; It was an entertaining way for her to come out & say “I’m not that little girl anymore, leave me alone” without breaking down like so many stars before her – lookin’ at you, Britney Spears – who were also child stars.
As with any attempted reinvention of personal image in the music industry, “Shake It Off” was launched alongside a brand new music video; It features her in various fashion styles, essentially trying on different personas & lifestyles as a way of counteracting the inevitable critiques she’d receive about changing her persona, eventually ending with her in a pair of plain black garments as she awkwardly dances among tons of her fans, somewhat acknowledging that though her sound has changed she is still just as nerdy as she was before. This display of activities showcases various scenes of break-dancers in streetwear, ballerina in swan outfits, a pretty accurate Lady Gaga impression, a line of twerkers & a set of cheerleaders, providing viewers with tons of entertaining vignettes to watch over & over as they “get down to this sick beat,” as Swift so embarrassingly puts it – Whether you’re a Swift fan or not, this change of pace was a welcome addition to the Artist’s sonic library & an infinitely danceable tune to boot, though it’s unfortunately a precursor to the poorly written, egotistical Pop tracks of her current career, so maybe it’s just as much a blessing as it is a curse.

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Lyrics

"Shake It Off"

[Video directed by Mark Romanek]

[Verse 1]
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 too many dates
But I can't make them stay
At least that's what people say, mmm, mmm
That's what people say, mmm, mmm

[Pre-Chorus 1]
But I keep cruisin'
Can't stop, won't stop movin'
It's like I got this music in my mind
Saying it's gonna be alright

[Chorus]
'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
Heartbreakers 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

[Verse 2]
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

[Pre-Chorus 2]
But I keep cruisin'
Can't stop, won't stop groovin'
It's like I got this music in my mind
Saying it's gonna be alright

[Chorus]
'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
Heartbreakers 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

[Post-Chorus]
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

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

[Bridge]
My ex-man brought his new girlfriend
She's like, “Oh my God”, but 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, oh, oh, oh, oh

[Chorus]
'Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate (haters gonna hate)
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off
Heartbreakers gonna break, break, break, break, break (mmhm)
And the fakers gonna fake, fake, fake, fake, fake (fake n' fake n' fake)
Baby, I'm just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off

[Post-Chorus]
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 (yeah!)
Shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off (you got to)
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

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"Shake It Off"

Songwriter

Taylor Swift

Label

  • Big Machine
  • Republic

Producer

  • Max Martin
  • Shellback

Wiki

"Shake It Off" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift from her fifth album, 1989 (2014). Swift co-wrote the song with its producers Max Martin and Shellback, it is an uptempo dance-pop track considered to be a departure from Swift's earlier country pop music style. "Shake It Off" is the sixth track on the album and serves as the lead single. The song premiered during a Yahoo! live stream session on August 18, 2014 (also streaming internationally online); its music video was also released the same day. Several hours later, the song was made available for digital download.
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