KEY POINTS

  • Taylor Swift sang a live version of the track in New York on Nov. 12
  • She described the “Sad Girl Autumn version” of "All Too Well" as even "sadder"
  • Swift recorded the acoustic version of the song with Aaron Dessner and Jonathan Law

Fresh from debuting an emotional performance of “All Too Well” (10 minutes) on Saturday Night Live on Nov. 13, Taylor Swift made her fans grab the box of tissues again after releasing an even ‘sadder’ version of the song Wednesday.

Swift recorded the “Sad Girl Autumn version” of the song at Long Pond Studio in New York with frequent collaborators Aaron Dessner and Jonathan Law, who previously worked with her in her 2020 albums “Folklore” and “Evermore” as per Billboard.

The 31-year-old “Shake It Off” singer added new lyrics to the breakup song and swapped the acoustic guitar with piano accompaniment giving the track a darker mood. The music video quickly became one of YouTube's most-watched videos in a short time, and is nearing 600,000 views on YouTube since it premiered Wednesday.

Announcing the release, Swift tweeted Wednesday, “One of the saddest songs I’ve ever written just got sadder. Drove up to Long Pond Studios to record ‘All Too Well (Sad Girl Autumn Version)’ with the besties."

The “All Too Well” (Sad Girl Autumn Version) video features the prolific singer-songwriter singing to the track in black-and-white theme with Dessner on the piano.

On his Instagram page, Dessner wrote, “It felt very nostalgic when  @taylorswift  visited Long Pond and we pressed record again. I had never played All Too Well but I've listened to it so many times it must have been seared into my musical memory. Somehow this version felt like it was already in the brisk air. It felt so good to play it on the creaky Cardigan piano and Taylor's performance is devastatingly beautiful.”

In addition to the “Sad Girl Autumn version” of the song, Swift also released a live acoustic version of the song which was recorded on Nov. 12 at the premiere of the “All Too Well” short film at AMC Lincoln Square  in Manhattan.

Swift released a re-recording of her past songs in a new album “Red” (Taylor’s Version) last week which became Spotify’s biggest first day launch by a female artist ever, with 90.8 million global streams, as per Billboard. The new album contains the re-recorded version of the track which first came out in the original “Red” album in 2012.

Pop shapeshifter Taylor Swift's folk-tinged surprise pandemic album appeared to bring her back into the Recording Academy's good graces Pop shapeshifter Taylor Swift's folk-tinged surprise pandemic album appeared to bring her back into the Recording Academy's good graces Photo: AFP / ROBYN BECK