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Taylor Swift has been reclaiming the grounds she's stepped on after her hiatus in 2017. The country singer was at the peak of stardom, making headlines and attracting spotlights when she'd had enough.
Taylor Swift's put out brilliant music ever since she emerged from the break as a force to be reckoned with, both in music as well as other world affairs. With the re-release of her old albums like 1989, fans have been going crazy as she gifted them with an extended version of an iconic song, "All Too Well," in the Red album.
The song was rumored to have been based on her 2010 relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal, and now fans are flocking to decode the experience.
Here's our take on the analysis of the lyrics of All Too Well. We're pretty sure we've got it down to the details!
- The Verses
The first verse opens with Swift discussing the beginnings of a new relationship—the loving gazes, enamored looks, and cozy cuddles. She mentions remembering how her (now ex) partner has her red scarf, which she left at his sister's house. She remembers Fall road trips and enjoying each other's company as if nothing else mattered.
The second verse leads with Swift gushing details about her partner's family. But right after that, she mentions her realizing that she might be more involved than her partner, with him not declaring what they had as love.
The second verse ends with them breaking up, initiated more by her partner than her. We can all feel the pain behind Swift's core-shaking way of delivering the lyrics.
The third verse deals with the trauma of a breakup. Swift mentions that the age gap between her partner and herself was a stressor in the way things ended so abruptly, and why the partner was non-committal in the first place. The lyrics cut through the skin and are felt deep within the bones as she provides us a glimpse into her private hell.
The fourth verse, which was brand new for this extended version, provides insight into how Swift was trying to move on, despite triggers from the past.
- The Bridge
The bridge tells us about the bargaining stage of grieving. She doubts her potential, questions and blames herself for the downfall. She mentions that the man did return after the breakup, only to make things worse.
- The Chorus
The choruses are different after each verse. The first one tells us about how she wanted to make things right but couldn't even after she tried. She tells us how forgetting a life experience is brutal and how memories can set your progress back.
- The Outro
The outro signifies Swift having moved on. She assures us through it that even after all the trauma, we'll be alright. We'll embrace the good and the bad and make peace with ourselves and what happened.
But we'll remember it all too well.
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