Taylor Swift's 10-Minute "All Too Well" Is Here and It's Ruthless
The extra four-and-a-half minutes adds room for more casual cruelty
Published Nov 12, 2021Happy Red (Taylor's Version) day to all who celebrate — the 10-minute version of Taylor Swift's beloved deep-cut "All Too Well" is officially upon us, and it's pretty scathing.
If you're not familiar, "All Too Well" — an infamously devastating Track Five — became a major fan favourite from 2012's Red and Swift's oeuvre as a whole after its initial release a decade ago. The singer-songwriter has long hinted that the track, which clocks in at an already-lengthy 5 minutes and 27 seconds, had originally been much longer.
Naturally, when she announced back in June that Red would be her next re-recording project following April's Fearless (Taylor's Version), she knew exactly what her fans were after: the mythic 10-minute "All Too Well."
Well, Swift has delivered on the final of the 30-track collection — and this time, she's not holding back. While the original version is heralded as being a heartbreaking reflection on a lost relationship, the new rendition captures the rage that accompanied the sadness.
For example, the second post-chorus picks up from the endlessly-quoted lines "You call me up again just to break me like a promise / So casually cruel in the name of being honest" to take us to biting quips like, "You said if we had been closer in age / Maybe it would have been fine / And that made me want to die," further hinting at the song's rumoured muse as Jake Gyllenhaal, who's nine years older than Swift.
And it only gets more ruthless: "And I was never good at telling jokes / But the punchline goes: 'I'll get older, but your lovers stay my age,'" Swift sings, also making reference to her 21st birthday and how it was "supposed to be fun."
While the tone has definitely changed, some of the added lyrics are equally heart-wrenching, with the pop star's trademark wit. Case in point: "They say all's well that ends well / But I'm in a new hell every time you double-cross my mind" and "You kept me like a secret / But I kept you like an oath."
A new tier of sad girl autumn has been unlocked — she's just bitter, too. Women containing multitudes; who'd of thought?
Listen to the extended cut of the song below ahead of tonight's YouTube premiere of a short film based on it at 7 p.m. ET, written and directed by the artist herself and starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O'Brien.
Swift is rumoured to be performing this version of "All Too Well" tomorrow night on SNL, when she'll be the musical guest as Jonathan Majors hosts.