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"I Did Something Bad" is the third track from Taylor Swift's sixth studio album, reputation. It was released November 10, 2017, through Big Machine Records. A cover of I Did Something Bad made by Cynthia Erivo and Shoshana Bean went viral back in December 2017 and got the approval of Taylor. It was planned to be a single but never was released as one. Taylor opened the 2018 American Music Awards with this song, alongside Karyn.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
I never trust a narcissist
But they love me
So I play 'em like a violin
And I make it look oh-so-easy
'Cause for every lie I tell them
They tell me three
This is how the world works
Now all he thinks about is me

[Pre-Chorus]
I can feel the flames on my skin
Crimson red paint on my lips
If a man talks shit, then I owe him nothing
I don't regret it one bit, 'cause he had it coming

[Chorus]
They say I did something bad, ah
Then why's it feel so good?
They say I did something bad, ah
But why's it feel so good?
Most fun I ever had, ah
And I'd do it over and over and over again if I could
It just felt so good, good

[Post-Chorus]
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Death trap, trap, trap

[Verse 2]
I never trust a playboy
But they love me
So I fly 'em all around the world
And I let them think they saved me
They never see it comin'
What I do next
This is how the world works
You gotta leave before you get left

[Pre-Chorus]
I can feel the flames on my skin
He says, "Don't throw away a good thing"
But if he drops my name, then I owe him nothin'
And if he spends my change, then he had it comin'

[Chorus]
They say I did something bad, ah
Then why's it feel so good?
They say I did something bad, ah
But why's it feel so good?
Most fun I ever had, ah
And I'd do it over and over and over again if I could
It just felt so good, good

[Post-Chorus]
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
(It just felt so good)
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Death trap, trap, trap

[Bridge]
They're burning all the witches, even if you aren't one
They got their pitchforks and proof
Their receipts and reasons
They're burning all the witches, even if you aren't one
So light me up (light me up), light me up (light me up)
Light me up, go ahead and light me up (light me up)
Light me up (light me up), light me up (light me up)
Light me up (light me up), light me up

[Chorus]
They say I did something bad, ah (Oh)
Then why's it feel so good? (So good)
They say I did something bad, ah
But why's it feel so good? (Good)
Most fun I ever had (Most fun I ever had)
And I'd do it over and over and over again if I could
It just felt so good (good), good

[Post-Chorus]
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Ra-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, death trap
Death trap, trap, trap

[Outro]
Oh, you say I did something bad
(You say I did something bad)
Then why's it feel so good, good?
So bad, why's it feel so good?
Why's it feel, why's it feel so good? (Bad)
It just felt so good, good

Trivia

  • This song is the first song in Taylor Swift's career which includes profane language (the word "shit")
  • Although the song has explicit lyrics, the song is not marked as explicit on Apple Music.
  • One of the lyrics in the song, "They're burning all the witches", made a cameo on Swift's ...Ready For It? music video as graffiti.
  • Taylor got the idea of post-chorus in the middle of the night. She asked Max Martin if there's an instrumental, which could do it, because she didn't want it to be her voice. The result is Taylor's voice pitched down. as there's no instrument, which can do that sound.
  • AMAs 2018 performance with 'I Did Something Bad' was Taylor's first award show performance in nearly 3 years.
  • She also sang 'shit' during the 2018 AMAs performance and eventually got beeped.
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