Taylor Swift is going to let her down Red re-recording on November 19, and as she did with Intrepid (Taylor version), she has now released a special “vault video” with a hidden message on the album for her fans.
* press post *
* manic cap *
Level: cruel casually in the name of honesty pic.twitter.com/Tf0ahCMql8
– Taylor Swift (@ taylorswift13) August 5, 2021
The code looks like a sort of word search puzzle, with the names of the bonus tracks to be included on Red (Taylor version) as well as possible collaborators on the album. The Swifties quickly discovered the words “Phoebe Bridgers” hidden in the post, as well as “Better Man,” a song Swift had originally written for. Red but later he gave Little Big Town to save. (Swift performed it live at the Bluebird Cafe in 2018 as part of Blue Bird, a documentary film tribute to the place in Nashville where it was discovered.)
“Sheeran” (as in Ed Sheeran, who recorded “Everything Has Changed” with Swift on the original Red) and “Stapleton” (as in country singer Chris Stapleton) were also found in the word search, implying that Swift will be collaborating with the two for the new album.
“Ronan,” a heartbreaking track Swift wrote in the Red era that was inspired by four-year-old Ronan Thompson’s fatal battle with cancer. The song was exclusively released as a standalone single on iTunes, and Swift only performed it once on the 2012 Stand Up to Cancer telethon, but Billboard reported last week that a re-recorded “Ronan” will appear on Red (Taylor version) courtesy Ronan’s mother, Maya Thompson. And finally, “All Too Well”, “ten”, “minute” and “version” are in the search, confirming that the long awaited 10 minute version of “All Too Well” will be on the re-recording.
There are a few other words here and there in the puzzle (“forever”, “winter”, “message”), probably the names of new song titles. At this rate, if Swift continues to release secret codes for all of her re-recorded LPs, she will ask her fans to translate the Voynich manuscript as album # 7.