Taylor Swift continues to give her fans renditions of her beloved 2012 cut ‘All Too Well’. She is now dropping what she calls the ‘Sad Girl Autumn’ version of the song.
Recorded at Aaron Dessner‘s Long Pond Studios, just like parts of both of her 2020 albums ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’, the song takes on a much more somber mood. It takes with moody piano replacing the original’s twang acoustic guitar.
Sharing the song on social media, Swift wrote:
“One of the saddest songs I’ve ever written just got sadder.”
This version of the song, which is also 10 minutes in length, sees the piano played by The National‘s Aaron Dessner. He contributed heavily to the creation of both ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’. The track was also engineered by Jon Low.
“I had never played ‘All Too Well’ but I’ve listened to it so many times it must have been seared into my musical memory,” Dessner said of the song in a post on Instagram.
“Somehow this Sad Girl Autumn Version felt like it was already in the brisk air. It felt so good to play it on the creaky ‘Cardigan’ piano and Taylor’s performance is devastatingly beautiful.
This is now, at least, the fifth version of the song available. The fourth album is going to be released in the past week. Swift’s re-recording of the original and the first 10-minute iteration of the song appears on ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’, which arrived on November 11. She then released a live acoustic version of the sprawling track after performing it at the premiere of the song’s accompanying short film.
The day following the album’s release, Swift performed the song in full on Saturday Night Live, where she also joined Pete Davidson for a sketch about “three sad virgins”.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ broke a Spotify streaming record, with over 90million streams.
Listen to ‘All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version)’ below: