Olivia Rodrigo is officially back with new music. The 20-year-old Grammy winner kicked off her GUTS album era with a triumphant piano ballad that builds grandiose production to match the energy of her emotions. The track, which Olivia wrote with SOUR collaborator Dan Nigro, was first teased through Easter eggs on Olivia’s official “Drivers License” merch restock and her SOUR Heartbreak Hotline. Now, we can fully sink our teeth into new music (heh, see what we did there?).
“vampire song and video out now🧛🏼. I made it with my very talented wonderful friend @dan_nigro last winter and created the video with the incredible @petrafcollins,” Olivia said of the track in a behind-the-scenes Instagram photo dump. “writing this song helped me sort through lots of feelings of regret, anger, and heartache. it’s one of my favorite songs on the album and it felt very cathartic to finish. im so happy it’s in your hands now and I hope it helps u deal with any bloodsuckers in your life. all my thanks 4ever ❤️”
Olivia built a successful career out of her authenticity and songwriting talents, and if you’re anything like us, you’re listening to the lyrics of “Vampire” very intently. If you find yourself wondering how Olivia carried out her thoughts throughout the song, we’ve got a whole lyric breakdown of the new song for you right here. Ahead, find out what we know about Olivia Rodrigo’s “Vampire” lyrics meaning.
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Hate to give the satisfaction asking how you’re doing now
How’s the castle built off people you pretend to care about?
Just what you wanted
Look at you, cool guy, you got it
I see the parties and the diamonds sometimes when I close my eyes
Six months of torture you sold as some forbidden paradise
I loved you truly
You gotta laugh at the stupidity
The track starts out with a mellow piano melody and lyrics that question the authenticity of a potential past partner. By the sound of it, Liv may have been involved with someone who didn’t have the best intentions and used other people to get “what they wanted.”
‘Cause I’ve made some real big mistakes
But you make the worst one look fine
I should’ve known it was strange
You only come out at night
I used to think I was smart
But you made me look so naïve
The way you sold me for parts
As you sunk your teeth into me, oh
Bleedin’ me dry like a goddamn vampire
In the chorus, Olivia metaphorically likens the subject of the song to a vampire, who wouldn’t be caught in broad daylight and sucks the life out of others for personal gain. She expresses that the lowkey relationship made her feel naïve when she realized that she was being taken advantage of because of her newfound fame and social status — hence, the use of the punchy noun, “famef*cker.”
While the person who inspired the track has not been revealed, it could potentially tie back to Zack Bia, who Olivia was reportedly romantically involved with in early 2022. The pair were constantly spotted leaving clubs and restaurants during late nights, and the DJ is known for hanging around A-Listers like Drake, Jack Harlow, and Kendall Jenner.
And every girl I ever talked to told me you were bad, bad news
You called them crazy, God, I hate the way I called them crazy too
You’re so convincing
How do you lie without flinching? (How do you lie? How do you lie? How do you lie?)
Oh, what a mesmerizing, paralyzing, f*cked up little thrill
Can’t figure out just how you do it and God knows I never will
Went for me and not her
‘Cause girls your age know better
In the second verse, Olivia breaks down how her ex manipulated and gaslit her into thinking other girls they had previously been involved with were crazy. She reveals that people told her the person was “bad news” and that she dismissed the warning signs because she had already put her trust in the person. She also questions how the subject could lie to her so easily, or “without flinching,” and acknowledges that they potentially pursued a romantic relationship with her because she’s younger and likely, more inexperienced or naïve.
You said it was true love, but wouldn’t that be hard?
You can’t love anyone ’cause that would mean you had a heart
I tried to help you out, now I know that I can’t
‘Cause how you think’s the kind of thing I’ll never understand
As the song crescendos into a grandiose build-up in its production, Olivia goes hard in the bridge, where she accuses the subject of not having a heart or the emotional complexity to understand what love really feels like. She accepts that she can’t change, fix, or help the person and that she may never understand how their mind works.
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