A great way to practice listening skills is by listening to music! Here’s another song by Taylor Swift. This one is called Bad Blood. It also has many great examples of idioms and expressive language. Listen to the song and try and fill in the blanks (the words start at minute1:10).

Answer the questions below about the meaning of the song. Post your answers below!

Oh, it’s so sad to think about the good __times_____, you and I

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

You know it used to be __mad___ love

So take a look what you’ve done

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

Hey

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can __solve____ them

You made a really __deep___ cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

Hey

Did you think we’d be fine? Still got ___scars____ on my back from your knife

So don’t think it’s in the past, these kinda wounds they last and they last.

Now did you think it all through? All these things will catch up to you

And time can __heal these wounds____ but this won’t, so if you’re coming my way, just don’t

Oh, it’s so sad to think about the good times, you and I

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

You know it used to be mad love

So take a look what you’ve done

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

Hey

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve them

You made a really deep cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

Hey

Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes

You say sorry just for _show____

If you live like that, you live with ghosts (ghosts)

Band-aids don’t fix bullet holes (hey)

You say sorry just for show (hey)

If you live like that, you live with ghosts (hey)

Mhmmm

If you love like that __blood___ runs cold

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

You know it used to be mad love (mad love)

So take a look what you’ve done

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

Hey

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve __them___ (think we can solve them)

You made a really deep cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

(Hey)

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

You know it used to be mad love

So take a _____ what you’ve done (look what you’ve done)

‘Cause, baby, now we got bad blood

Hey

Now we got problems

And I don’t think we can solve them

You made a really _________ cut

And, baby, now we got bad blood

Hey

Questions:

  1. What does it mean to have “bad blood” with someone?
  2. What does “band-aids don’t fix bullet holes” mean?
  3. What are some other examples of famous “bad blood?”
  4. Do you think this song has a negative or positive message?

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