“vampire” is Olivia Rodrigo’s lead single off her upcoming second album “Guts”, which is due to be released in September 2023.
The pop-rock song is the comeback track from Rodrigo since the release of her debut album “SOUR” in 2021. Lyrically, “vampire” sees Rodrigo describe a man who took advantage of her, used her and lied to her. The use of the word “vampire” is a metaphor for the emotional and physical toll that this man had on her, as well as literally draining her.
Rodrigo spoke to DORK about the song’s inspiration and her decisions on the sound of the song:
“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 […] 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.”
The lyric video was uploaded to Rodrigo’s YouTube channel on the 3rd July 2023.
Read the lyrics to “vampire” here.
*All information accurate at the time of publishing (4th July 2023).