Shake It Off by Taylor Swift (2014)

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Performed by: Taylor Swift
Album: 1989

This song is catchy. But it’s not a song I listen to a lot! But after seeing the video below by BuzzFeed’s Try Guys and listening more carefully to the lyrics of the song. I realised that of late, I can really relate to the song.

The Try Guys crack me up! But yes, back to the lyrics of the song.

It’s quite in your face and obvious what this song is about. And everyone can relate to the lyrics of the song.

But honestly, it’s good advice. Who cares about the mean things people say about you? If they don’t matter to you, why should their negative opinion of you matter?

I relate to it in a slightly different way.

When I sing along to the song, especially the chorus and the multiple “I shake it off” lines, I’m thinking about the stress and the frustrations at work I feel that I have to shake off.

I am quite a passionate individual. Sometimes to a fault. And I take things too seriously at times too. Especially when my close friend, family, or anyone I care about gets hurt or bullied. I rage like a mama bear would.

As you know, I’ve been working out a lot recently. And a few weeks back, at night, I was home with just my helper. It was late so she was fast asleep. My brother was out and he took the car. And I was chatting with my boyfriend over Face Time. Suddenly, I felt a sharp pain on the left side of my chest. And my left arm felt tingly and numb.

I thought I was having a heart attack, or a stroke!

I’ve experienced chest pains in the past and my family doctor prescribed me muscle relaxants. So I wasn’t sure if it was really a heart attack, stroke, or just that my muscles were tense from all the training I had been doing.

Anyway, long story short, I lay down on my bed and took slow deep breaths to relax my body. And the pain went away. But, when I thought I was having a heart attack or a stroke, it made me re-evaluate the way I was getting too riled up by what was happening at the office.

One time, at the office, I actually, for the first time, was so agitated that it felt as if my blood was boiling. I could feel my blood pressure rising! I’ve never experienced that reaction in my body before, until now.

So every time I get frustrated at the office now, I’m gonna remember this song to help me “shake it off”!

Shake It OfF Lyrics:

I stay up too late
Got nothing in my brain
That’s what people say
That’s what people say

I go on too many dates
But I can’t make them stay
At least that’s what people say
That’s what people say

But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop moving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright

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

I never miss a beat
I’m lighting on my feet
And that’s what they don’t see
That’s what they don’t see

I’m dancing on my own
I make the moves sometimes I go
And that’s what they don’t know
That’s what they don’t know

But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
It’s like I got this music
In my mind, saying it’s gonna be alright

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
I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off (x3)

Hey, hey, hey
Just think while you been getting down and out about the liars
And the dirty dirty cheats of the world
You could have been getting down to this sick beat

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 could shake, shake, shake

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

I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off (x3)

I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off (x3)

I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

You got to…

I shake it off, I shake it off
I, I, I shake it off, I shake it off

Music Video:

Taylor Swift is a self professed awkward person. But you know what, she’s proud of who is. Awkward or not. And she celebrates it in this music video. By dancing the way she wants to dance regardless of how out of sync she looks. Maybe she exaggerated it in the music video, maybe she really is that awkward. Either way, she’s showing her moves. Whether people think it’s cool or not.

Another thing I like about the music video. The various different types of dancers and styles she combined in this!

Oh and you HAVE to check this out!

The Rock’s got moves man!

Final Thoughts:

Addictive yet slightly annoying song. But you know what, who cares? She likes it, she’s expressing herself and how she feels through song. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it or listen to it. You cannot control anyone but yourself. Haters are gonna hate. Control what you can, your reaction to their hate. You just gotta shake it off! And that’s what I’m taking away from this song.

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