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Genius Annotation

“vampire” doubles as the lead single from Olivia Rodrigo’s sophomore album, GUTS, as well as her comeback single following the release of her debut album, SOUR, in 2021. A small number of lyrics for the track were steadily released on her website, merchandise, and through her social media prior to the song’s full release.

Rodrigo’s lyrics describe a boy that took advantage of, lied to, and ultimately used her. The references to a vampire in the song’s title, lyrics, and cover art are used as a metaphor to further illustrate this person who sucks the life out of the narrator, leaving her feeling powerless and drained. The song touches upon the themes of vulnerability, self-discovery, and the importance of liberating oneself from toxic relationship dynamics.


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What have the artists said about the song?
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[vampire] felt like a really good progression forward. It didn’t feel so different from everything that I’ve done on the last album but it still felt fresh and exciting to me. That was a really good feeling. It’s something that we tried to do for the rest of the record.

—via Rolling Stone

I was upset about a certain situation and went to the studio alone and sat down at the grand piano, and the chords and melody and lyrics just poured out of me — almost like an out-of-body experience. It’s a song about feeling confused and hurt, and at first I thought it was meant to be a piano ballad. But when Dan and I started working on it, we juxtaposed the lyrics with these big drums and crazy tempo changes. So now it’s like a heartbreak song you can dance to.

—via DORK

I wrote the song on the piano, super chill, in December of [2022]. And Dan and I finished writing it in January. I’ve just always been really obsessed with songs that are very dynamic. My favourite songs are high and low, and reel you in and spit you back out. And so we wanted to do a song where it just crescendoed the entire time and it reflects the pent-up anger that you have for a situation.

—via Apple Music

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Electric Guitar
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Recorded At
Electric Lady Studios, New York City, NY
Release Date
June 30, 2023
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