A great way to practice listening skills is using music! Listen to the song Blank Space by Taylor Swift. This song has great phrases and expressive language. While listening, fill in the blanks. You can listen to the song more than once.

Then, answer the questions about the meaning of the song below. Post your answers below!

Nice to meet you, where you _____?

I could show you incredible things

Magic, madness, heaven, sin

Saw you there and I thought

Oh my God, look at that face

You look like my next _______

Love’s a game, wanna play?

New money, suit and tie

I can read you like a magazine

Ain’t it funny, ______ fly

And I know you heard about me

So hey, let’s be friends

I’m dying to see how this one ends

Grab your _____ and my hand

I can make the bad guys good for a weekend

So it’s gonna be forever

Or it’s gonna go down in flames

You can tell me when it’s over

If the high was worth the _____

Got a long list of ex-lovers

They’ll tell you I’m insane

‘Cause you know I love the players

And you love the _______

‘Cause we’re young and we’re reckless

We’ll take this way too far

It’ll leave you breathless

Or with a nasty scar

Got a long list of ex-lovers

They’ll tell you I’m _______

But I’ve got a blank space, baby

And I’ll write your name

Cherry lips, crystal skies

I could show you incredible things

______ kisses, pretty lies

You’re the King, baby, I’m your Queen

Find out what you want

Be that girl for a month

Wait, the worst is yet to come, oh no

Screaming, _______, perfect storms

I can make all the tables turn

Rose garden filled with thorns

Keep you second _______ like

“Oh my God, who is she?”

I get drunk on jealousy

But you’ll come back each time you leave

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

So it’s gonna be forever

Or it’s gonna go down in flames

You can tell me when it’s over

If the ______ was worth the pain

Got a long list of ex-lovers

They’ll tell you I’m insane

‘Cause you know I love the players

And you love the game

‘Cause we’re ______ and we’re reckless

We’ll take this way too far

It’ll leave you breathless

Or with a nasty scar

Got a long list of ex-lovers

They’ll tell you I’m insane

But I’ve got a blank _______, baby

And I’ll write your name

Boys only want love if it’s torture

Don’t say I didn’t say, I didn’t warn ya

Boys only want love if it’s torture

Don’t say I didn’t say, I didn’t ______ ya

So it’s gonna be forever

Or it’s gonna go down in ______

You can tell me when it’s over

If the high was worth the pain

Got a long list of ex-lovers

They’ll tell you I’m insane

‘Cause you know I love the players

And you love the game

‘Cause we’re young and we’re reckless

We’ll take this way too far

It’ll leave you breathless

Or with a ______ scar

Got a long list of ex-lovers

They’ll tell you I’m insane

But I’ve got a blank space, baby

And I’ll write your name

Questions:

  1. What does it mean when something “goes down in flames?”
  2. What does “a rose garden filled with thorns” mean?
  3. What does “if the high was worth the pain” mean?
  4. Taylor Swift says she wrote this song because it’s what people think of her. What do you think she means?

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