Taylor Swift in Marie Claire, September 2014
Baby I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake it off, shake it off.
Okay, so when We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together first came out, I had to listen to it a couple of times to see if I really liked it - and even then, I wasn’t too keen on it. It took the whole album to come out first until I got into it.
Shake It Off is EXACTLY the kind of single Taylor should be releasing right now and what’s so genius about it is that SHE KNOWS IT.
TAYLOR SWIFT IS LITERALLY THE MOST SELF-AWARE ARTIST AND SHE KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT SHE’S DOING.
Which I guess is why I’m not totally bothered by her going full on pop princess. As long as she keeps telling the truth in her songs and keeps writing them with that in mind, then she’ll be JUST FINE. So to everybody who’s lamenting about her leaving country music, don’t be sad. Her songs are still going to reflect what country music is known for - STORYTELLING. And she KNOWS THAT.
And to everybody who keeps giving her hate after this song? Sigh. Literally, are you missing the point? I’ll say it again - SHE KNOWS. The very fact that she is self-aware and attuned to what people are saying about her is exactly what makes this track so kickass.
Haters gonna hate, hate, hate… :)
shake it off, shake it off