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"Blank Space" is the second track from American singer and songwriter Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album, 1989, released on October 27, 2014, through Big Machine Records. The song became the second single from the album on November 10, 2014. It is also the second track from Swift's fourth re-recorded album, 1989 (Taylor's Version), released on October 27, 2023, through Republic Records.

On October 19, 2023, the Taylor's Version re-recording was accidentally posted early on Instagram, and was quickly changed back to the original shortly afterwards.

Music video[]

The music video for "Blank Space" premiered on November 10, 2014. American model and actor Sean O'Pry is featured as Swift's love interest in the video. The plot surrounds Swift and O'Pry in a mansion where the two are in love until Swift sees O'Pry texting another girl. After she sees this, she freaks out and O'Pry runs away and another similar looking man comes to Swift's mansion after O'Pry leaves.

Trivia[]

  • The text that Sean is seen sending in the video is "can't wait to see you tonight" to a girl named "she".
  • On the set, Taylor accidentally scratched the front of the car and had to pay $3,200 to get it repainted.

Hidden message[]

Hidden message: There once was a girl known by everyone and no one.

Lyrics[]

[Verse 1]
Nice to meet you, where you been?
I could show you incredible things
Magic, madness, Heaven, sin
Saw you there and I thought
Oh, my God, look at that face
You look like my next mistake
Love's a game, wanna play?

New money, suit and tie
I can read you like a magazine
Ain't it funny? Rumors fly
And I know you heard about me
So, hey, let's be friends
I'm dying to see how this one ends
Grab your passport and my hand
I can make the bad guys good for a weekend

[Chorus]
So, it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
'Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

'Cause we're young and we're reckless
We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
But I've got a blank space, baby
And I'll write your name

[Verse 2]
Cherry lips, crystal skies
I could show you incredible things
Stolen kisses, pretty lies
You're the King, baby, I'm your Queen
Find out what you want
Be that girl for a month
Wait, the worst is yet to come (Oh, no)

Screaming, crying, perfect storms
I can make all the tables turn
Rose garden filled with thorns
Keep you second guessing, like
"Oh, my God, who is she?"
I get drunk on jealousy
But you'll come back each time you leave
'Cause, darling, I'm a nightmare dressed like a daydream

[Chorus]
So, it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
'Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

'Cause we're young and we're reckless
We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
But I've got a blank space, baby
And I'll write your name

[Bridge]
Boys only want love if it's torture
Don't say I didn't say, I didn't warn ya
Boys only want love if it's torture
Don't say I didn't say, I didn't warn ya

[Chorus]
So, it's gonna be forever
Or it's gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over
If the high was worth the pain
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
'Cause you know I love the players
And you love the game

'Cause we're young and we're reckless
We'll take this way too far
It'll leave you breathless
Or with a nasty scar
Got a long list of ex-lovers
They'll tell you I'm insane
But I've got a blank space, baby
And I'll write your name

So this next clip is, uh, from a session that I had with Max Martin and Johan Shellback and what we like to do is we like to run
Um, a recording on our phones of everything we're doing when we're putting a song together
Just in case one of us blurts out a cool melody and then we forget about it
We wanna go back and then-and replay the tape so that we can remind ourselves what exactly we were saying
Um, so I brought in this idea called "Blank Space," and this was me playing it for Max and Johan for the first time and they're shouting out these proju— production ideas like, you know the "Oh!" at the beginning of the chorus, um, and that ended up in the song
So, this is the very beginning stages of the song on the album called "Blank Space."

"Nice to meet you, where you been?
I could show you incredible things
Diamonds, seasides, all these gems
[?] this song that [?]
Like, oh my God, listen in
Listen in, I do too
[?]
[?] honest [?]
We can all sing this and cry
All you're thinking, all this time
[?]
Oh my God, listen me
Just forget what you've heard about me
Don't believe what you hear about me, hear about me
'Cause it's gonna be forever, or gonna go—
Yeah! Hey, hey!
Gonna go down in flames
You can tell me when it's over—
This is like a, like an early 2000s Nelly track
Long list of ex-love—
Got a long list of ex-lovers, they'll tell you I'm insane
But I've got a blank space, baby
I'll write your name
I've got a blank space, baby
I'll write your name"

That's awesome! I love it
Oh my god, everyone's gonna kill you
Yeah!

Lyric video[]

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Awards and nominations[]

"Blank Space" received 7 awards from 17 nominations.

Year
Organization
Award
Result
2015 American Music Awards Song of the Year Won
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Video) Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video Won
Best Pop Video Won
MTV Video Music Awards Japan Best Female Video Nominated
MTV Millenial Awards International Hit of the Year Nominated
Much Music Video Awards International Video of the Year – Artist Nominated
Premios Juventud Favorite Hit Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Party Song Nominated
YinYueTai V Chart Awards Best Music Video of the Year Won
2016 APRA Awards (Australia) International Work of the Year Nominated
BMI Pop Awards Award-Winning Songs Won
Publisher of the Year Won
Grammy Awards Record of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year Nominated
Best Pop Solo Performance Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Song of the Year Nominated

Live performances[]

Swift performed "Blank Space" from May 5, 2015, in Tokyo, Japan, to December 12, 2015, in Melbourne, Australia, on The 1989 World Tour, as the third song on the setlist.[1] The song was also performed from May 8, 2018, in Glendale, Arizona, to November 21, 2018, in Tokyo, Japan, on The Reputation Stadium Tour, as the twelfth song on the setlist.[2] The song was performed once again on September 9, 2019, for the City of Lover concert film. Lastly, the song is performed on the on-going Eras Tour, as the thirty-fourth song on the setlist.

Cover versions[]

Pop singer Jax sang this song on the March 12, 2015, episode of American Idol. Pop/soul singer Amy Vachel did a folky version of this song on the November 23, 2015, episode of The Voice. It peaked at number 4 on iTunes.

References[]

1989
"Welcome To New York" • "Blank Space" • "Style" • "Out Of The Woods" • "All You Had To Do Was Stay" • "Shake It Off" • "I Wish You Would" • "Bad Blood" • "Wildest Dreams" • "How You Get The Girl" • "This Love" • "I Know Places" • "Clean"
Deluxe Edition
"Wonderland" • "You Are In Love" • "New Romantics" • "I Know Places - Voice Memo" • "I Wish You Would - Voice Memo" • "Blank Space - Voice Memo"
Taylor's Version
"Slut!" • "Say Don't Go" • "Now That We Don't Talk" • "Suburban Legends" • "Is It Over Now?"
Taylor's Version Deluxe Edition
"Bad Blood" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
Taylor's Version Deluxe+ Edition
"Slut!" (acoustic version)
Tangerine Edition
"Sweeter Than Fiction"
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