Mad Woman: Song Meaning, Lyrics, & Easter Eggs

Taylor Swift

Getty Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album, “Folklore,” dropped at midnight on July 24.

Mad Woman is the twelfth song on Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album, “Folklore.” Swift announced the surprise album on July 23. It contains 16 tracks and one bonus track.

In announcing her album, Swift mentioned how her plans for the summer had changed amid the coronavirus pandemic — namely, she had planned on a massive global tour for her seventh album, Lover, which came out last August. She wrote on Instagram,

“Most of the things i had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise […] Tonight at midnight I’ll be release in my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine…

Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.”

Here’s what you need to know:


Mad Woman Full Lyrics: ‘No One Likes a Mad Woman, You Made Her Like That’

Here are the full lyrics to Mad Woman, per Genius:

[Verse 1]
What did you think I’d say to that?
Does a scorpion sting when fighting back?
They strike to kill, and you know I will
You know I will
What do you sing on your drive home?
Do you see my face in the neighbor’s lawn?
Does she smile, or does she mouth, “Fuck you forever”?

[Pre-Chorus]
Every time you call me crazy, I get more crazy
What about that?
And when you say I seem angry, I get more angry

[Chorus]
And there’s nothing like a mad woman
What a shame she went mad
No one likes a mad woman
You made her like that
And you’ll poke that bear ’til her claws come out
And you find something to wrap your noose around
And there’s nothing like a mad woman

[Verse 2]
Now I breathe flames each time I talk
My cannons all firin’ at your yacht
They say, “Move on”, but you know I won’t
And women like hunting witches too
Doing your dirtiest work for you
It’s obvious that wanting me dead
Has really brought you two together

[Pre-Chorus]
Every time you call me crazy, I get more crazy
What about that?
And when you say I seem angry, I get more angry

[Chorus]
And there’s nothing like a mad woman
What a shame she went mad
No one likes a mad woman
You made her like that
And you’ll poke that bear ’til her claws come out
And you find something to wrap your noose around
And there’s nothing like a mad woman

[Bridge]
I’m taking my time, taking my time
‘Cause you took everything from me
Watching you climb, watching you climb
Over people like me

The master of spin has a couple side flings
Good wives always know
She should be mad, should be scathing like me, but

[Outro]
No one likes a mad woman
What a shame she went mad
You made her like that


Mad Woman: Song Meaning & Easter Eggs

In an album that feels wholly separate from the drama of Swift’s life in the last few years, Mad Woman might be the only track that seems exclusively aimed at acknowledging the hurt inflicted upon her by the likes of Kanye West, Kim Kardashian West, and even Scooter Braun.

Swift seems to address her ongoing tension with the Wests directly when she sings,

They say, “Move on”, but you know I won’t
And women like hunting witches too
Doing your dirtiest work for you
It’s obvious that wanting me dead
Has really brought you two together


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