On Friday (November 12th), Taylor Swift officially released Red (Taylor’s Version), the re-recording of her 2012 album, and it features the 10-minute version of the song “All Too Well,” which she has teased fans for years that it does exist.
With the new release, she also premiered a short film, All Too Well: The Short Film, which she wrote and directed (see below). The film stars Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf, Maze Runner) and Sadie Sink (Stranger Things, American Odyssey) who play love interests that eventually go through a painful breakup. Taylor stars as the older version of “Her,” 13 years later.
Taylor also performed the full 10-minute version of “All Too Well,” complete with the film playing in the background, on NBC’s Saturday Night Live on November 13th.
Taylor Swift (All Too Well) OC: …pretty cool. 1:01
“’All Too Well’ is a song that it has a story that is so sacred to me because the story of this song was it was MY favorite song on the record. I knew that when we put out te album. I knew it wouldn’t be a single and it wouldn’t be a video, you know, but I knew it was my favorite one. And what was so crazy is when it went out into the world, the fans just amongst themselves decided it was their favorite too and they just sort of anointed this song ad claimed it as the most important song from Red. It happened over the course of the first six months the album was out, and I ended up performing the song on The Grammys because that was the song they wanted me to play, more so than the songs that had been big hits at radio. So, for me, this song has really turned into a story of what the fans did for this song, really. It’s such a special thing to look back on for me, and so to get to relive it is pretty cool.”