The extended version of the song adds numerous extra lines that hint to the reason behind their split.
Taylor Swift has produced a re-recorded version of her 2012 album “Red,” on Friday which includes a 10-minute rendition of her smash song “All Too Well.”
Although Swift has never officially confirmed the song is about her ex-boyfriend, Jake Gyllenhaal, the Hollywood actor has long been assumed to be the subject of the song, and Swifties have been scouring the lyrics for clues.
Their nine-year age difference with Gyllenhaal was somehow cited as a factor for their split in the new version as Swift sings, “You said if we had been closer in age maybe it would have been fine / And that made me want to die.”
The former pair apparently dated from October to December 2010 before breaking up shortly before Swift’s 21st birthday, which is also reflected in the modified song.
“You, who charmed my dad with self-effacing jokes / Sipping coffee like you were on a late-night show / But then he watched me watch the front door all night, willing you to come / And he said, ‘It’s supposed to be fun turning 21.’”
The singer-songwriter claimed Red “resembled a heartbroken person” musically and poetically in an Instagram post.
“It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end,” she composed. “Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past.”
“Sometimes you need to talk it over (over and over and over) for it to ever really be… over,” she continued. “Like your friend who calls you in the middle of the night going on and on about their ex, I just couldn’t stop writing.”
“This will be the first time you hear all 30 songs that were meant to go on Red. And hey, one of them is even 10 minutes long,” she concluded.
Taylor Swift chose to rerecord all of her prior albums while pursuing control of her masters from her old label, Big Machine Records. Red was first released in 2012, and the updated edition is now available through Republic Records.
Reactions to Taylor Swift's 10-Minute Version Of "All Too Well" Confirms It's About Jake Gyllenhaal
RIP Jake Gyllenhaal.— 1984’s George Whorewell (Taylor’s Version) (@EwdatsGROSS) November 12, 2021
He’s not dead yet but he wishes he was
This weekend, men all over the world will be held accountable for things Jake Gyllenhaal did ten years ago.— ian karmel (@IanKarmel) November 12, 2021