WATCH: Taylor Swift Talks About Her Writing Process for ‘Blank Space’

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‘Cause darling I’m a nightmare dressed like a daydream.

Want to know how to write a number one hit song? Well it’s your lucky day. Taylor Swift sat down with NME to discuss one of her smash hits off 1989 “Blank Space.” 

“Writing that song was a journey. It was one of those things where I would be writing lines years before I ended up constructing the song,” she said. “I’ll be going about my daily life and I’ll think of, like, ‘Wow, so you only have two real options in relationships, like, it’s gonna be forever or it’s gonna go down in flames,’ so I’ll jot that down in my notes.” Taylor compared her hit track to a crossword puzzle of her notes, saying, “‘Blank Space’ was like the culmination of all my best ones, one after the other.”

With over 1.1 BILLION plays over on YouTube, fans obviously still can’t get enough of the music video for “Blank Space,” which features Taylor living in a mansion and throwing a fit with a (very hot) male model. “She lives in a mansion with, like, marble floors, and she wears Dolce & Gabbana around the house, and she, like, wears animal print unironically. And so I created this whole character, and I had fun doing it.” She said. But her song about misunderstandings was, predictably, misunderstood by some.

“Half the people got the joke, half the people really think that I was, like, really owning the act that I’m a psychopath. Which is fine, either one’s fine as long as they know the semblance of the words, even if they’re incorrect.”

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Then there’s the whole l̶o̶n̶e̶l̶y̶ ̶S̶t̶a̶r̶b̶u̶c̶k̶s̶ ̶l̶o̶v̶e̶r̶s̶  long list of ex-lovers debacle, when fans thought they heard something else in the lyrics. “I watched as it got so misconstrued, it turned into ‘gotta lonely Starbucks lovers, they’ll tell you I’m insane,’ whatever it was, I was saying something about Starbucks, which was kind of, like, the most delightful misunderstanding about this song, which was written about misunderstandings,” Taylor told the publication.

“It was number one for, like, eight or nine weeks, so I have no complaints as to how things turned out.”