“End Game” is the second track from Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” album and features vocals from Ed Sheeran and Future. It is also the only track on the album with a collaborating artist.
This song has a bit of flavor with Ed Sheeran and Future joining in the verses. The words “Eddie” and “Future” were seen on the background paintings in the “…Ready For It?” music video, alluding to this.
“End Game” has an aura of a classic pop track, and the post-chorus is very appealing.
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Review of the lyrics and meaning of the song “End Game”
At a glance, “End Game” is a song about love and how the singer wants to be the last person to own his heart strings. She watches the end game, rather than the short game. Being the “first channel” in sports is a benchmark for being the first choice players. The metaphor is therefore quite clear.
“A team” is the best of the best team, usually in times of war. But the term team A is commonly used to recognize the best group that exists. Taylor Swift says she will be her best company. Plus, “A Team” is a not-so-subtle reference to Ed Sheeran’s massive hit single of the same name.
Future and Ed Sheeran both play the role of the “wanted” in this song and they have two different approaches. Future jumps with blazing promises of his reputation and G5 (private jets), while Ed Sheeran talks about emotional connection.
And you understand that good and bad end in song
For all your beautiful features and the way you do it with ease
For all my flaws, my paranoia and my insecurities
I’ve made mistakes and made choices, it’s hard to deny
Ed Sheeran also talks about the 4th of July which is Independence Day in the United States and Taylor Swift is known to be a big celebrant of this holiday.
Verse three of “End Game” is about Taylor’s competition. She talks about the rivalry with Kanye West, that they tried to bury the hatchet but it failed. She puts that nicely into the song;
And I bury hatchets, but I keep maps of where I put them
Let go, but never forget what they did to you, that’s the clear meaning behind these Taylor Swift lyrics.
Reputation precedes me, they told you I’m crazy
I swear I don’t like drama, he likes me
Taylor Swift had a year full of drama in 2016 and 2017, and she was in self-isolation for most of 2017 because of it. People call her crazy because she can’t keep one lover and she’s weird in her own way. But Taylor says she considers them “drama” and isn’t a fan of them.
Anyway, “End Game” is a very attractive and catchy song from the album “Reputation” and it served the purpose of the collaboration.
We see some of the traits of the old Taylor in “End Game” but near the end of the track, the new Taylor appears. In a nutshell, it’s a song you can repeat and shake your body.
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Check out more ‘Reputation’ album lyric reviews below.
2. End Game (with Ed Sheeran and Future)
3. I did something wrong
4. Don’t Blame Me
6. Look what you made me do
7. So it’s okay…
9. Getaway Car
10. King of My Heart
11. Dancing with your hands tied
13. This is why we can’t have nice things
14. Call it what you want
15. New Year’s Day
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