What Do You Say
Taylor Swift Lyrics


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I don't like your little games
Don't like your tilted stage
The role you made me play
Of the fool, no, I don't like you
I don't like your perfect crime
How you laugh when you lie
You said the gun was mine
Isn't cool, no, I don't like you (oh)

But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice, oh

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

I don't like your kingdom keys
They once belonged to me
You ask me for a place to sleep
Locked me out and threw a feast (what?)
The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure (sure)
Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours

But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time (nick of time)
Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time (I do it all the time)
I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I check it once, then I check it twice, oh

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me
I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me (yeah)
I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me (ah, ah, ah, ah)
I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams (ah, ah, ah, ah)
I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me (ah, ah, ah, ah)
I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
(Ooh, look what you made me do)
(Look what you made me do)
(Look what you just made me do)
"I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now" (Ooh, look what you made me do)
"Why?" (Look what you made me do)
"Oh, 'cause she's dead" (Oh)

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do
Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me
Ooh, look what you made me do
Look what you made me do




Look what you just made me do
Look what you just made me do

Overall Meaning

In this song, Taylor Swift takes on a more aggressive and vengeful persona. She sings about someone who has hurt her and how she doesn't like them or their actions. The tilted stage mentioned in the lyrics could be a reference to Kanye West's floating stage from his 2016 tour, which Taylor previously criticized. The lyrics suggest that this person has lied to her and made her feel foolish, hence the line "the role you made me play of the fool". She then states that she has gotten smarter and stronger over time, rising up "from the dead" and keeping a list of people who have wronged her, with the offender's name in red and underlined.


Swift's lyrics suggest that she seeks revenge, with the repeated lines of "look what you made me do" emphasizing that the person is responsible for the consequences of their actions. Additionally, the lines "I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams" and "nobody trusts me" suggest that Swift will take action to make the person who hurt her experience the same pain she felt. The song ends with a voicemail recording of Swift stating, "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh 'cause she's dead", symbolizing the end of the old, sweet persona that Swift was once known for and the emergence of a more powerful and assertive version of herself.


Line by Line Meaning

I don't like your little games
I don't appreciate the manipulative tactics you use


Don't like your tilted stage
I am not fond of the way you elevate yourself at my expense


The role you made me play
I resent the part you forced me to play in your games


Of the fool, no, I don't like you
I refuse to be your fool any longer and I want nothing to do with you


I don't like your perfect crime
I am disgusted by your flawless deception


How you laugh when you lie
Your disingenuous laughter at your own lies makes me sick


You said the gun was mine
You tried to shift the blame onto me when it was your own wrongdoing


Isn't cool, no, I don't like you (oh)
Your actions are not impressive, I do not want to associate with you


But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time
I have become wiser and more resilient just in time to protect myself


Honey, I rose up from the dead, I do it all the time
I frequently overcome adversities and rise above difficult situations


I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined
I have compiled a list of people who have wronged me and your name is at the very top


I check it once, then I check it twice, oh
I meticulously review my list and take thorough action to ensure justice is served


Ooh, look what you made me do
You are solely responsible for my current behavior and the actions I must take


Look what you made me do
Your actions have caused me to act upon the consequences


I don't like your kingdom keys
I dislike the power and control you hold over me and others


They once belonged to me
I was once in your position until you took that away from me


You ask me for a place to sleep
You sought my aid and hospitality when it was convenient for you


Locked me out and threw a feast (what?)
You selfishly shut me out and celebrated while I was left in the cold


The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama
Life goes on for everyone else while I am constantly embroiled in your drama


But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma
I cannot let go of the concept of eventual justice and revenge against you


And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure (sure)
Time may pass, but one thing will always remain true


Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours
I may have already achieved my goals, but I know that you will eventually suffer consequences for your actions


I don't trust nobody and nobody trusts me
I have lost trust in everyone and cannot trust anyone either


I'll be the actress starring in your bad dreams
You will forever be haunted by the memory of me and what you have done


"I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now"
I am no longer the same person you knew


"Why?"
You are curious as to why I have changed


"Oh, 'cause she's dead"
The old me no longer exists, having been replaced by a stronger, smarter version who is not afraid to hold you accountable




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Spirit Music Group
Written by: Fred Fairbrass, Jack Antonoff, Richard Fairbrass, Robert Manzoli, Taylor Swift, Christopher Fairbrass

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@JasperArado

What do you say, when you just know
That he's the one, and you wanna go fast
But he's taking it slow
And what do you do, when he's next to you
But he's a little bit shy
Well here's something you can try

Hey, hey what do you say
We go walking down the river all together
It's a warm May beautiful day
And I feel like I could
Talk to you forever
With the sun shining bright
It feels just like a day
When everything's gonna go just right
I know it will be a sweet memory
For you and me someday
What do you say?

What do you see, when you look in his eyes
There's something there
That he can't disguise
No matter how he trys
And what do you feel, when you know its real
And you can't sit still
If you don't own up will yeah

Hey, hey what do you say
We go walking down the river all together
It's a warm May beautiful day
And I feel like I could
Talk to you forever
With the sun shining bright
It feels just like a day
When everything's gonna go just right
I know it will be a sweet memory
For you and me someday
What do you say?

My imaginations, running away
Just dreaming about
What I want you to say

Hey, hey what do you say
We go walking down the river all together
It's a warm May beautiful day
And I feel like I could
Talk to you forever
With the sun shining bright
It feels just like a day
When everything's gonna go just right
I know it will be a sweet memory
For you and me someday

What do you say?
What do you say?
What do you say?
What do you say?



All comments from YouTube:

@brendacatalan4413

Manifestado que Tay agregué está canción a la versión “Taylor’s version” del debut 🥺♥️

@davidvaldetanobarrios8560

Ojalá si la agregue, muero por escuchar una versión oficial de esta canción ❤️

@alylobos1085

Satanaylor te escuché. Aunque ya la tengo sin voz de ardilla, necesito la voz madura.

@brendacatalan4413

@@alylobos1085 Sis como la conseguiste sin voz de ardilla? La necesito 🥲

@alylobos1085

@@brendacatalan4413 la conseguí hace algunos años, te la paso si quieres.

@malenacaceres4832

@@alylobos1085 me la pasas?? Porfii

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@hiroshi3608

La mejor unreleased song 👌🏼

@LauraLopez-zq5jl

Need you now o R.E.V.E.N.G.E también son buenas.

@hiroshi3608

@@LauraLopez-zq5jl Confirmo

@naomitsu5169

¡¡Amo esta canción!!

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