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Taylor Swift – Hoax lyrics
[Verse 1]
My only one
My smoking gun
My eclipsed sun
This has broken me down
My twisted knife
My sleepless night
My winless fight
This has frozen my ground

[Chorus]
Stood on the cliffside screaming, "Give me a reason"
Your faithless love's the only hoax I believe in
Don't want no other shade of blue but you
No other sadness in the world would do

[Verse 2]
My best laid plan
Your sleight of hand
My barren land
I am ash from your fire

[Chorus]
Stood on the cliffside screaming, "Give me a reason"
Your faithless love's the only hoax I believe in
Don't want no other shade of blue but you
No other sadness in the world would do

[Bridge]
You know I left a part of me back in New York
You knew the hero died so what's the movie for?
You knew it still hurts underneath my scars
From when they pulled me apart

You knew the password so I let you in the door
You knew you won so what's the point of keeping score?
You knew it still hurts underneath my scars
From when they pulled me apart
But what you did was just as dark
(Ah, ah, ah)
Darling, this was just as hard
As when they pulled me apart

[Outro]
My only one
My kingdom come undone
My broken drum
You have beaten my heart
Don't want no other shade of blue but you
No other sadness in the world would do
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Songwriters: Aaron Brooking Dessner, Taylor A. Swift
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    There seems to be a lot of confusion about this song.
    I'd like to clarify, once and for all, that this song is not about her boyfriend, Joe. It isn't a breakup song. It isn't about romance at all, or the album's love triangle, either. This song is about the situation with Scott Borchetta, and the loss of ownership of her music catalog. This and My Tears Ricochet are both about that. I will provide evidence of this:
    Both songs share two very similar lyrics. In Hoax, she talks about standing on a cliffside, screaming, "give me a reason." In My Tears Ricochet, she talks about "screaming at the sky." The second set of lyrics are even more closely related. In Hoax, she says, "I am ash from your fire," and in My Tears Ricochet, she elaborates on this: "if I'm on fire, you'll be made of ashes, too."
    These very obvious connections between the songs corroborate that they are indeed about the same subject, which is, specifically, Scott Borchetta's betrayal. The difference between the songs is that My Tears Ricochet is about TS being powerful in her pain and wanting Borchetta to recognize the magnitude of his actions, while Hoax is, on the other hand, an admittance of just how deeply his betrayal hurt her, and her surrendering to the situation (i.e "this has broken me down," "this has frozen my ground," "you knew you won, so what's the point in keeping score?"). One is about feeling powerful, the other about feeling powerless, but both songs reflects a stage of grief that she went through in processing the situation. And the songwriting is brilliant. Well done, Taylor. Well done.
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      There seems to be a lot of confusion about this song.
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