When Taylor Swift released “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version)”, fans loved the new version of the song. However, the singer has previously struggled to sing the song live, due to the deeply personal nature of the song.
Taylor Swift had to “force herself” to perform “All Too Well” on tour
While attending the Toronto International Film Festival to discuss the short film she made to serve as the music video for “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version),” Swift explained how the song is became a fan favorite.
Swift said the song was not initially considered a single. “No one saw the potential in it except for the fans, who loved it so much, they kind of made it… their favorite song on the album,” she shared.
The pop star enjoyed the love for “All Too Well,” mostly because she found the song difficult to sing live. “All Too Well” tells the story of a particularly hard breakup. And for Swift, “it was something that, at that time, was very current for me. »
Swift went on to say that she had to “force” herself to sing it live on tour, focusing on other things while she was performing, so she wouldn’t get too emotional.
“There would be no world in which I could have created a visual element for this song at that time,” the singer explained. “I needed 10 years of…retrospective, in order to know what I would even do…to tell a version of this story visually. »
Who is talking about “Too good”?
“All Too Well” is widely believed to relate to Swift’s 2010 romance with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Gyllenhaal reportedly broke things off with the then 21-year-old Swift, leaving her heartbroken.
In 2012, Swift released her fourth album, Red. Fans quickly decoded the lyrics to “All Too Well” and claimed the song was about her relationship with the actor.
One of the lyrics that got people pointing at Gyllenhaal was “I left my scarf over there at your sister’s / And you still got it in your drawer even now.” While the couple dated, Swift accompanied Gyllenhaal to her sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal’s. Additionally, Gyllenhaal was pictured wearing a post-breakup scarf that had previously been seen around Swift’s neck.
At the time of the album’s release, it seemed the pair were on good enough terms that Gyllenhaal reached out to Swift about new music.
The pop star said (via Us Weekly) that an anonymous ex messaged her saying, “I just listened to the album, and it was a really bittersweet experience for me. It was like going through a photo album,” which Swift called “cool.”
Jake Gyllenhaal’s reaction to “All Too Well”
Swift has never confirmed or denied who the song is about. And Gyllenhaal remains vague on the subject as well.
“It has nothing to do with me. It’s about his relationship with his fans,” he told Esquire after the release of Red (Taylor’s version) in 2021 and renewed interest in the song. “It’s his expression. Artists draw on their personal experiences to inspire themselves, and I don’t blame anyone.
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