I Bet You’re Thinking About This Re-Release

Let’s Talk About Red Taylor’s Version


Once again, we have been blessed with a new Taylor’s Version album, which is perfect because now we can all listen to 21 of Taylor Swift’s revised songs and think about how she amazes us everyday. In addition to the songs from the album’s original 2012 release, 9 songs originally intended for the album were also released as “From The Vault” tracks. These tracks included tracks previously sold to other bands and features from Ed Sheeran, Phoebe Bridgers, and Chris Stapleton. Even if you weren’t a Swiftie before, this album will change your mind.

Red was Taylor’s 5th album. When thinking of Taylor’s songs, there is a common pattern that I notice. Every song feels like a mystery, with the lyrics as clues to solving what we don’t know. 

Take “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version) as an example. Taylor Swift is able to show what she feels rather than tell it. The line, “A never-needy, ever-lovely jewel whose shine reflects on you.” The “never-needy, ever-lovely” part of this line represents the fact that Taylor was not needed by the past significant other in the relationship. “Shine reflects on you” perfectly articulated the way that if Taylor did anything wrong in the relationship, it all reflected poorly on her SO.

To accompany “All Too Well” (10 Minute Version), Taylor produced and directed a short film starring actors Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien. The film was to her song, “All Too Well” and showed the two actors portraying the song’s lyrics. As many of us know, Taylor Swift is known for her songs having a deep meaning behind them, and this one was no exception. Many people  assume that “All Too Well” is written from Swift’s perspective on her relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. There are countless theories on which ex-lover this song is written about, but there is a fairly good chance that it’s Gyllenhaal. When Swift dated Jake, the age gap was noticeable to say the least. In the short film, fans recognized that Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien had a 10 year age gap. 

“Ronan” is a song that Taylor wrote and included on her re-release of Red. Prior to this it was released as a charity single, which means that all the money allocated towards the song was then donated to organizations combating cancer. “Ronan” is about Ronan Thompson, who died of neuroblastoma as a 4-year-old, the year before “Red” was released. Taylor found out about Ronan and his fearless fight through cancer through Maya’s blog, “Rockstar Ronan,”and decided to dedicate “Ronan” in his memory. Taylor wanted to incorporate how strong Ronan was throughout his fight in the song, but she also wanted to bring light to the tragedies that some families face very early on in their lives. 

In addition to “All Too well” and “Ronan,” Swift also wrote a song called “I Bet You Think About Me” featuring Chris Stapleton. This song was added to her “From The Vault” collection of songs and is surely an example of the wide variety of music Taylor writes. “I Bet You Think About Me” Is about a past lover who many fans assume to be once again, Jake Gyllenhaal. Her lyrics do not directly reference calling him out by his name, instead she describes how he grew up, “You grew up in a silver spoon gated community, glamorous, shiny, bright Beverly Hills.” This line portrays her ex-lover as one of the many alluring and day-dreamy exes of Swift. Along with the song, Taylor worked with Blake Lively to produce a music video starring Taylor and Miles Teller. The music video, which is a cinematic experience, portrays Teller as the hopeless newlywed who is regretting all of his romantic decisions as soon as he sees Swift drift into the room dressed in a red dress. 

Besides the lyrics in Taylor’s piece, she is exceptionally capable of writing songs that resemble pure ecstasy. Swift’s songs feel like they are just THE music to listen to while driving on a highway at night. Not only are the lyrics full of pure bliss, but they are full of love and relatable content.

Taylor Swift has created music that is relatable, fulfilling, and full of love. If there’s anyone that should be at the top of your Spotify wrapped 2021 this year, there’s no question that it should be T-Swift.