Taylor Swift gave us more details about her unreleased 10-minute version of her fan-favorite song, All Too Well. The singer opened up to Rolling Stone for its 500 Greatest Albums podcast.
She revealed that the track All Too Well which was widely loved by fans from her Red album was supposed to be a longer track. The singer recalled that she was a broken human walking into rehearsal and feeling terrible about her life. She said, “I walked in, and I remember we had just hired David Cook, who [has been] my band leader ever since then.”
Taylor revealed that she ended up playing four chords over and over again and the band also joined in. She further recalled that people started playing along with her and they could tell she was really going through it.
“I just started singing and riffing and ad-libbing this song that basically was ‘All Too Well,’ ” Taylor continued. Talking about the song, the singer said it had probably seven extra verses and also included the f-word.
Taylor further recalled that her sound guy was like, “’I burned a CD of that thing you were doing in case you want it.’” The Lover singer ended up taking the version home and listening to it. She reveals that she really likes that but it is 10 minutes long and that she needs to “pare it down”.
The singer recently released her eighth studio album, Folklore which was and still is a superhit album. Taylor also revealed that she worked with Liz Rose on the song and created the final version.
“That was a very serendipitous creation of a song,” she said of the fan-favorite track, adding that she “never imagined” there would be such a strong response to the breakup song.
“I truly can’t believe it now when I play it live”
Taylor shared that she never imagined that would happen because it was a single. Furthermore, she did not have a video for the same but she said how all these ways that she was taught music “permeated culture”. She shared how she performed it at the Grammys in 2014 because her fans wanted to hear that.
“But I truly didn’t think that it would become something that almost like had the life of a song beyond a lot of the songs that I did that had single music video kind of assets going on,” she said. “It just really was amazing to watch, and I truly can’t believe it now when I play it live; and like everybody in the crowd knows every word. I’m like truly astonished by it, and I think that’s one of the most beautiful things about this album for me.”
The Betty singer shared how fun it is when things surprise her like that. She also revealed that Red actually led to her follow-up album 1989. Taylor received album of the year and best pop vocal album in 2016 for 1989.
Talking more about the iconic Red album, she shared how it was a wellspring of important relationships that she carried with her for the rest of her career. She revealed that she became friends with Ed Sheeran. The singer revealed that he is someone she talks to every week.
Taylor also shared that Max Martin was the person who taught her more about writing than anyone. She said, “So this was a really important record for me in terms of, I guess, the origins of things that I carried with me.”
As we reported before, Taylor has already started the process of re-recording her previous albums. However, the feud between Taylor and Scooter Braun also leads on as he acquired master rights; and sold the singer’s album to a private equity company.
“I have recently begun re-recording my older music and it has already proven to be both exciting and creatively fulfilling,”; Taylor said in a statement Monday, promising “plenty of surprises in store” for fans.