On Nov. 12, Taylor Swift released a re-recording of her 2012 album Red, Red (Taylor’s Version). The re-recorded album proved to be a success and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version)” from the album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
When she dropped the album, Swift promoted Red (Taylor’s Version) on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Saturday Night Live. On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Swift had a brilliant comeback when asked about the subjects of her songs.
Taylor Swift enjoyed releasing ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’
Swift’s interview with Seth Meyers on Late Night with Seth Meyers premiered on Nov. 12 immediately following the release of Red (Taylor’s Version).
On Late Night with Seth Meyers, Meyers asked Swift about the process of revisiting her past albums. Swift explained that releasing Red in 2012 was stressful, but Red (Taylor’s Version) has been an enjoyable experience.
“At the time I was, like, honestly, really sad ’cause I’d actually gone through the stuff that I had sung about,” Swift told Meyers. “But this time, I’ve got sunglasses on and a mojito and just, like, it’s chill this time. It’s really nice to be able to put this album out and not be sad, not be taking breaks in between interviews to cry. I’m telling you, it’s much better this way.”
Taylor Swift does not think about the subjects of her songs
After Swift explained how much fun releasing Red (Taylor’s Version) was, Meyers brought up the fact that other people might feel emotional ties to her songwriting.
“I wonder if there are people who might think that they were the one you were singing about, if it’s easier or far, far worse for them 10 years later,” Meyers speculated.
With a laugh, Swift replied, “I haven’t thought about their experience, to be honest.”
“That’s the biggest burn,” Meyers said.
Taylor Swift tried to please fans with ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’
On Red, “All Too Well” became a fan-favorite song following its release. The song also happened to be Swift’s favorite on the album. For Red (Taylor’s Version), Swift released a 10-minute version of “All Too Well” and directed a short film for the song.
While speaking with Meyers, Swift explained how she tries to cater to fans when re-recording albums.
“This time around, I get to really — I get to do things that I know they wish I would have done the first time. Because I’m always listening and I’m always lurking. And I’m always listening to their opinions and their theories,” Swift told Meyers.
She continued, “They will let me know which songs should have been singles. They let me know which songs did not get videos and should have gotten videos… I’m listening and I’m making the videos and I’m doing the things.”