Long before she went exploring the woods in search of legend, Taylor Swift was itching to get away from them. The much-awaited 1989 (Taylor’s Version), which has 21 tracks including five previously unheard songs from the vault, has finally been published.
Swift’s album 1989 changed everything, but it also changed everything for us. After 1989, everyone was a Swiftie—whether it was the 65-year-old neighbor who offered to mow your garden or the kid you were watching who liked Shake It Off because of Sing. The album’s release marked Swift’s formal departure from the country music genre and her ascent to fame in pop culture. Returning to the reworked version, we are examining each new song that Swift included in 1989 (Taylor’s Version), her latest album.
Examining Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) album tracks in the vault
Taylor Swift’s rendition of 1989 has been a much-needed re-recording for many Swifties. Ever since she revealed her clever scheme to reclaim her masters in 2019, Fanns had been shouting, “We want our 1989 TV!” And before Swift embarked on the second-highest-grossing tour in history and turned it into a movie, fans had to wait a long time for Midnights, three more Taylor’s Versions, and Swift. Today, on the anniversary of the original album, the entire record is accessible after re-recordings of Wildest Dreams and This Love were released. At last, we may disconnect our computer, apply our red lipstick, and enjoy an uninterrupted round of “Slut!” The five vault recordings that 1989 fans have managed to survive without up until now are the good stuff. The five tracks from the vault are as follows:
“Slut!” from the vault from 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
“Slut!” was invented when the word was much more common than it is now, and no one understood what to expect from it. But by the time you get to the fourth line, “Being this young is art,” you can tell the song is really good. It’s a glittering, dreamlike tribute to being publicly in love—despite the shame and sexualization associated with it. She sings, “If they call me a slut, you know it might be worth it for once,” over shimmering synths. Then a crushing sentence that felt like a gut blow “I’ll cover the cost you refuse to.”
Say Don’t Go from the vault from 1989 (Taylor’s Version)
The song Say Don’t Go, co-written by Dianne Warren, is conceptually a power ballad reimagined as a distant relative of the 1989 smash I Wish You Would. “Why did you feel the need to lure me on?” the chorus asks. “Why’d you have to twist the knife?” has such unbearable strength that in future Eras events, stadiums full of fans will shout it.
Suburban Legends sounds like the soundtrack to the most addictive arcade game ever. Antonoff’s production makes for a dizzying rush to the brain. The song tells the story of two star-crossed lovers who succeed outside of their little town but find it difficult to remain together in the face of adversity. She says, “I didn’t come here to make friends.” “We were born to be suburban legends.”
In the second line, Swift tells of her dream of showing up at their high school reunion together and hoped that “maybe our mismatched star signs would surprise the whole school.” However, as the bridge indicates, their tale isn’t meant to last. Even though they prevailed, the underdogs won’t be celebrating with each other. In her song, she sings, “You kiss me in a way that’s going to screw me up forever.” The match has ended. That “is a true f**king legacy,” to use Maroon’s words.
Is It Over Now (Taylor’s Version), from the 1989 Vault
That leaves us with the two songs that are definitely the highlights of the vault. Is It Over Now and Now That We Don’t Talk. Out of the Woods, a song about holding off on ending an unhappy relationship while thinking back on a specific snowmobile accident involving Harry Styles (“When You Lost Control/Red Blood White Snow”). And the famous picture of Blue Dress on a Boat, is followed by the song “Is It Over Now.”
Now That We Don’t Talk
Finally, a beautiful dance track called Now That We Don’t Talk with a typical Swiftian tirade. “I don’t have to pretend I like acid rock/Or that I’d like to be on a mega yacht. With important men who think important thoughts.” Conversely, Swifties think that Now That We Don’t Talk is about her affair with Harry Styles. Which lasted over a year. Fans drew attention to phrases like “You grew your hair long” from Now That We Don’t Talk. Which appear to be a reference to Styles, who is well-known for having grown out his hair soon after the couple’s breakup.
Regarding the non-vault, re-recorded tracks, a lot of Taylor’s Versions reviews prefer to highlight the acoustic similarities. Between the original and the re-recording. However, this gets repetitive because Swift is essentially defining the concept of a re-recording precisely for this reason.