Taylor Swift ‘Vigilante Shit’ Lyrics Meaning, Is It About Scooter Braun?

stay together With many theories emerging, many Swifties are wondering: Who are Taylor Swift’s “Vigilante Shit” lyrics about?

“Vigilante Shit” is Taylor’s eighth track from her latest album Midnight, released October 21, 2022. The song, which has a time of two minutes and forty-four seconds, was written by Taylor and frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, who also co-wrote “Cruel Summer” and “Out of the Woods.”

Taylor announced the release of her new album at the 2022 MTV Video Music Awards. The album is about “13 sleepless nights” in Taylor’s life and touches on themes from years past. Since the announcement, she has taken to her Instagram to talk about the meaning of her new songs from the album. In a video, she spoke candidly about the song “Lavender Haze,” which explored the tabloids’ impact on her relationship with Joe Alwyn. “I guess theoretically if you’re in the lavender haze you’re going to do whatever it takes to stay there and not let people get you out of that cloud,” she confessed. “I think a lot of people have to deal with it now, not just like ‘public figures’ because we live in the social media age and when the world finds out you’re in love with someone, they go into it. In my six-year relationship, we’ve had to dodge weird rumors, tabloid stuff, and we just ignore it. So this song is about ignoring that stuff to protect the real stuff.”

With everyone talking about Taylor’s feud with Scooter Braun and his divorce, fans are theorizing that “Vigilante Shit” is aimed at the music exec. Read on for a breakdown of Taylor Swift’s “vigilante shit” lyrics and theories surrounding Scooter’s divorce.

What are Taylor Swift’s ‘Vigilante Shit’ lyrics about?

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What are Taylor Swift’s ‘Vigilante Shit’ lyrics about? Like “no body, no crime” from her previous album always, Taylor sings about taking revenge on men. In the song’s first verse, she talks about her disdain for men who do bad things. “I don’t dress for women / I don’t dress for men / Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge.”

What caught fans’ attention were the intricate details Taylor left in the song. “She needed hard proof so I gave her some / She had the envelope, where do you think she got it from?” Many fans shared their thoughts on Twitter, thinking the song might be addressed to Taylor’s longtime enemy, Scooter Braun. A fan tweeted, “Vigilante shit is really hilarious 😭😭😭 Blondie really showed Scooter Braun’s entire family business to the crowd so much it makes me cry”

Fans also speculate that the lyrics are a reference to Scooter’s deal selling Taylor’s Masters. “Well he drew lines and crossed all mine / Somebody told the FBI about their white-collar crimes / And I don’t dress for bad guys. Scooter acquired Taylors Masters in 2019 and sold it to a private equity firm for $300 million in 2020. The Masters were acquired when Scooter bought Taylor’s previous label, Big Machine Records. The acquisition doesn’t leave Taylor with the creative freedom to own her own songs. Taylor re-released her previous albums Fearless (released in 2008) and Red (published 2012), with Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s version)both released in 2021.

Taylor revealed Scooter’s participation in the Masters in a Tumblr post on June 23, 2019. “When I left my masters in Scott’s hands, I made peace with the fact that he would eventually sell them. Never in my worst nightmare would I have imagined that the buyer would be Scooter,” Taylor wrote at the time. “At any time [Big Machine Records’] Scott Borchetta heard the words “Scooter Braun” roll off my lips as I either cried or tried not to. He knew what he was doing; both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. Unlimited time. That means forever.”

Scooter and his ex-wife Yael Cohen divorced in 2021 citing “irreconcilable differences.” According to Radar Online, Scooter allegedly cheated on Yael with Erika Jayne from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Yael was also reportedly mad at Scooter for dealing with Taylor’s masters. In a recent interview with NPR’s Jay Williams, Scooter revealed that he regrets how things went between him and Taylor. He said: “When I made that deal with Big Machine that you’re referring to, I was under a very strict non-disclosure agreement with the gentleman who owned it and I couldn’t tell any artists. I was not allowed. I wasn’t legally allowed to do that. What I said to him was, hey, if any of the artists want to come back and believe that, you have to let me know. And he shared a letter with me that’s publicly out there — you know, the artist you’re referring to said I don’t want to attend my masters.

Read the full lyrics of Taylor Swift’s “Vigilante Shit” on Genius below.

Taylor Swift “Vigilante Shit” lyrics

[Verse 1]
Draw the cat’s eye sharp enough to kill a human
You’ve done some bad things, but I’m the worst of them
Sometimes I wonder what your last lie will be

They say looks can kill and I might try
I don’t dress for women
I don’t dress for men
Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge
I don’t start shit but I can tell you how it ends
Don’t be sad, take revenge
So on the weekends
I don’t dress for friends
Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge

[Verse 2]
She needed hard proof, so I gave her some
She had the envelope, do you think where did she get it?
Now she gets the house, gets the kids, gets the pride
Think of me as thieves with your ex-wife

And she looks so pretty
Drive in your Benz

Lately she’s been dressing up in revenge[Chorus]

She doesn’t start shit, but she can tell you how it ends
Dodon’t be sad, take revenge
So on the weekends
She doesn’t dress for friends
Lately she’s been dressing up in revenge

Ladies always rise above
Ladies know what people want
Someone sweet and friendly and fun

TThe lady just had enough[Verse 3]
Well he drew lines and crossed all mine
Someone reported their white-collar crimes to the FBI

And I don’t dress for villains
Or for the innocent

Back to my vigilante shit

I don’t start shit but I can tell you how it ends
Don’t be sad, take revenge
So on the weekends
I don’t dress for friends
Lately I’ve been dressing for revenge

Taylor Swift

Image: Courtesy of the Republic.

midnight by Taylor Swift will be released on October 21st. Buy it on Amazon


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