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‘Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)’: Taylor Swift’s Timeless Album Reinvented for a New Era

Taylor Swift Speak Now Taylor's Version
Taylor Swift Releases Speak Now Taylor’s Version

In 2010, Taylor Swift, who had just been named a Grammy winner, released “Speak Now,” her third studio album and her first to be written entirely by her.

“She’s not a saint and she’s not what you think, she’s an actress, whoa/ She’s better known for the things that she does on the mattress, whoa”, Swift sings in the original song, an album cut from the 2010 project that was rumoured to be inspired by ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas and his post-Taylor girlfriend Camilla Belle.

Her 2006 self-titled debut and 2008’s “Fearless” received praise and criticism for its strong bridges and sharp poetry. Critics contended that these are superb country-pop songs, but certainly a teen idol couldn’t have written them. Swift disproved her critics with her album “Speak Now,” which was released shortly before she changed from being the newest hope in country music to being pop’s newest voice.

13 years later, the CD is back and served as a close record of her burgeoning renown and future professional goals. The third of the six albums that Swift hopes to re-record, “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version),” was made available on Friday. A fitting concept for “Speak Now,” a record made entirely of Swift’s own voice, the Taylor’s Version CDs show Swift’s attempt to control her own songs and how they’re utilised. They were inspired by music manager Scooter Braun’s sale of her early catalogue.

Press reached out to Taylor Swift experts in advance of the release of “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” to examine all the many interpretations that listeners can and ought to have of the song.

Swift retains the first line of the re-recorded song the same, but she modifies the second line to read: “He was a moth to the flame, she was holding the matches, whoa.”

Since the release of Speak Now in October 2010, critics have charged Swift with “slut-shaming” the lyrics of her romantic rival. Swift responded, “I was 18 when I wrote it. I was asked about the controversy around the song by The Guardian in 2014, four years after the song’s debut. You are at the age where you believe your partner could actually be taken. Then, as you mature, you understand that no one has the right to take away someone who doesn’t want to go.”

We’ll have to wait and watch if she performs it as a surprise tune on her current The Eras Tour now that the words have been altered.

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