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Karma
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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Karma is that girl, like (grrah)

You're talkin' shit for the hell of it
Addicted to betrayal, but you're relevant
You're terrified to look down
'Cause if you dare, you'll see the glare
Of everyone you burned just to get there
It's comin' back around

And I keep my side of the street clean
You wouldn't know what I mean

'Cause karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you it's not?
Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Purring in my lap 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

Karma is your check's 'boutta bounce (damn)
Karma is the fire in your house (grrah)
And she 'boutta pop up unannounced (like)
And she never leavin' you alone (damn)
Watch her put ya opps on a throne (damn)
Got you wavin' pretty white flags, fiendin' for that cash
Thinkin' it'll save ya
Now you switchin' up your behavior
It's okay, baby
You ain't gotta worry, karma never gets lazy
So I keep my head up, my bread up, I won't let up (never)
Promise that you'll never endeavor with none lesser (ever, ever)
I be draggin' that wagon
Karma is a beauty winnin' that pageant (grrah)

'Cause karma is my boyfriend (damn)
Karma is a god
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you it's not?
Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Purring in my lap 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that (grrah)

Ask me what I learned from all those years
Ask me what I earned from all those tears
Ask me why so many fade
But I'm still here (I'm still here, I'm still here)

'Cause karma is the thunder
Rattling your ground
Karma's on your scent like a bounty hunter
And karma's gonna track you down
Step by step, from town to town
Sweet like justice, karma is a queen
Karma takes all my friends to the summit (facts)
Karma is the guy on the screen
Comin' straight home to me

'Cause karma is my boyfriend (karma is my boyfriend)
Karma is a god (damn)
Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend (weekend)
Karma's a relaxing thought
Aren't you envious that for you it's not?
Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Purring in my lap 'cause it loves me
Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Me and karma vibe like that

Karma is my boyfriend
Karma is a god
Karma is my bestie
Karma's a relaxing thought
Karma's gonna hold you down

Overall Meaning

In "Karma," Taylor Swift is addressing someone who is constantly talking negatively and betraying others just for attention and relevancy. Swift claims that the person is scared to look down or confront their actions because they know it will reveal the people they hurt along the way. Everything this person has done will ultimately come back to them because of karma. Swift, on the other hand, keeps her side of the street clean and does not engage in toxic behavior. She sees karma as her boyfriend and a god, someone who will always be on her side, and lets it guide her actions.


Swift compares karma to a breeze in her hair on the weekends, a relaxing thought, and a cat purring in her lap because it loves her. For her, karma is sweet like honey and flexes like an acrobat. On the other hand, she says that the person she's addressing will never be able to experience karma in the same way because they have not acted with kindness and empathy. Swift notes that she has learned a lot from the years of experience and tears, and she has been able to stay relevant despite others fading away. At the end of the song, she asserts that karma is a queen, who will always come back to track down those who have done wrong, and that she and karma vibe like that.


Overall, "Karma" is a strong statement on the power of karma and how one's actions can have long-lasting consequences. It also speaks to Swift's values and how she believes it's important to treat others with kindness and empathy.


Line by Line Meaning

You're talkin' shit for the hell of it
You are saying hurtful things just for the sake of being mean.


Addicted to betrayal but you're relevant
You constantly betray others, but somehow you still think you matter in this world.


You're terrified to look down
You are scared to face the consequences of your actions.


'Cause if you dare, you'll see the glare
If you look down, you will see the judgment and condemnation from everyone you have hurt.


Of everyone you burned just to get there
You have hurt many people in your quest for success.


It's coming back around
The bad things you did will catch up to you eventually.


And I keep my side of the street clean
I always try to do the right thing and be a good person.


You wouldn't know what I mean
You have no idea what it means to be a good person.


'Cause karma is my boyfriend, karma is a god
I believe in the concept of karma and trust that it will bring justice to those who deserve it.


Karma is the breeze in my hair on the weekend
Karma is a feeling of peace and relaxation for me.


Karma's a relaxing thought
Thinking about karma brings me a sense of calm and control.


Aren't you envious that for you, it's not?
You are jealous that you cannot feel this sense of peace and tranquility like I can.


Sweet like honey, karma is a cat
Karma is a comforting and soothing presence in my life, like a purring cat.


Purring in my lap 'cause it loves me
Karma is something I can always count on and feel comforted by, like a cat lovingly cuddling in my lap.


Flexing like a goddamn acrobat
Karma is powerful and can move in ways you wouldn't expect, like an acrobat performing impressive tricks.


Me and karma vibe like that
I have a strong connection with karma and trust that it will always come through for me.


Spider boy, king of thieves
You are sneaky and deceptive, always trying to take what isn't yours.


Weave your little webs of opacity
You use your deceitful nature to create a web of lies and confusion.


My pennies made your crown
Your wealth and accomplishments are built on the backs of others and their hard work.


Trick me once, trick me twice
You have fooled me in the past, but I won't let you do it again.


Don't you know that cash ain't the only price?
There are more important things in life than money, and your actions will have consequences.


Ask me what I've learned from all those years
I have learned a lot from my experiences and the people I have encountered throughout my life.


Ask me what I earned from all those tears
I have gained a lot of wisdom and strength from the hardships I have faced and the tears I have shed.


Ask me why so many fade when I'm still here (I'm still here, I'm still here)
Many people have come and gone, but I have persevered and remained strong.


'Cause karma is the thunder rattling your ground
Karma can shake things up and bring about major changes in your life.


Karma's on your scent like a bounty hunter
Karma is always tracking your actions and will catch up to you eventually.


Karma's gonna track you down
Karma will make sure that you face the consequences of your actions.


Step by step, from town to town
Karma will follow you wherever you go and make sure that justice is served.


Sweet like justice, karma is a queen
Karma is a powerful force that brings about justice and fairness in the world.


Karma takes all my friends to the summit
Karma rewards those who do good and brings them to success and happiness.


Karma is the guy on the screen
Karma is a symbol of justice and morality, often depicted in movies and TV shows.


Comin' straight home to me (woo)
Karma is always on my side and brings me good things in life.


Karma is my boyfriend (karma is my boyfriend), karma is a god
Karma is a central part of my life and beliefs, like a loving partner or deity.


Karma's a relaxing thought
Thinking about karma brings me a sense of calm and control.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Ephrem Louis Jr. Lopez, Isis Naija Gaston, Jack Michael Antonoff, Jahaan Akil Sweet, Keanu Dean Torres, Mark Anthony Spears, Taylor Alison Swift

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