Okay, here’s the thing: in life there are moments to cry, to fall in love, to think… but there are also moments when you don’t want to take life too seriously and you feel like dancing around in your room or singing in the car at top of your lungs with your best friend. That’s what Shake It Off is for. NO ONE ever said that Shake it Off is a lyrical masterpiece. But it’s serving it’s purpose, which was to get Taylor to the top of the charts, get people talking and, more importantly, show everyone who ever said anything bad about her that she, very simply, just doesn’t give a crap. She doesn’t. The message in the song is “not only ignore what the haters have to say, but make sure you have more fun than them”. You don’t need clever lyrics and metaphors to get this message across and, honestly, it’s best if you say these kind of things loud and clear, considering the haters won’t make an effort to understand.
Also, let me just state that a song like Shake It Off sounds like it’s easy to write, but I can assure you it is not. Not everyone can create a melody that sticks in your head for weeks. A Pop hit is not for everyone to write, but Taylor has managed to do it again. Her lyrics have not gone downhill. Taylor is a lyrics person. It’s her favorite thing it the world. I’m sure 1989 is full of lyrics so good you’ll want to tattoo them on your forehead.
Finally, there’s A LOT more to Shake It Off’s lyrics than what you hear. You’d know that if you would just bother to listen.