It’s been 8 whole months since the masterpiece that is Red (Taylor’s Version), Miss Swift’s second album to be re-recorded, first graced our Spotify playlists.
Needless to say, Swifties are wishing for more. The faithful detectives have been keeping watch for clues ever since November, and have found a fair share of hints towards which album Taylor plans to re-record next.
The problem? There are Easter eggs alluding to 3 of the 4 remaining albums. No one can be certain which are decoys and which are real, but here’s everything we know so far:
Possibility 1: 1989
1989 has often been described as the perfect pop album. Originally released in 2014, it won Taylor her second Album of the Year award at the Grammys, and simultaneously earned a treasured place in the hearts of Swifties. The evidence to support 1989 (Taylor’s Version) coming soon is as follows:
A few months ago Taylor Nation decided to throw the Swiftie space-time continuum into chaos by releasing a merch line known as the “Old Taylor” shop, which featured merch referencing 1989, as well as Taylor’s iconic self-written 2010 album Speak Now (more on that later). On top of this, signed CDs of Fearless (Taylors Version) hit the store in late September of 2021, priced at a suspicious $19.89. But we’re not out of the woods yet; there’s more…
Las Culturistas Culture Awards 2022
Since then some Swifties have insisted 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is on its way, and had their theories supported by a pre-recorded award acceptance speech Taylor submitted for the Las Culturistas Culture Awards 2022. In said video, Taylor’s hair appeared to be shorter (we all remember the 1989 bob), and she wore a blue vest that gave fans strong 1989 vibes.
As if this wasn’t enough to create speculation, a sign from Taylor’s 1989 listening party for selected fans (nicknamed “secret sessions”) in Nashville in 2014, could be spotted in the background.
Possibility 2: Speak Now
Previously mentioned above, the collage of heartbreak, enchantment, revenge and incredible songwriting that was Taylor’s third album, Speak Now, hit the shelves in 2010. It’s a known favourite among Swifties, who are on the edge of their seats waiting for Speak Now (Taylor’s Version). You know the drill, here are all the clues:
Even More Merch Mayhem
The “Old Taylor” shop also contained a collection of Speak Now merchandise. Much the same as the 1989 story, signed Red (Taylor’s Version) CDs graced Taylor’s merch store last November, priced at $20.10. Speak Now was released in 2010. These numbers are looking less and less likely to be coincidences, huh?
Possibility 3: Taylor Swift
Baby Taylor’s debut into the world of country music, aka. Her first album Taylor Swift, was released in 2006. But fans haven’t forgotten its lyrics, and spotted one in a recent tweet:
The Outside tweet
A lyric from The Outside, the 6th track on Taylor’s debut album, was used by Taylor in a tweet discussing her song Carolina, written for the new movie Where The Crawdads Sing. Swift mentioned the words “On the outside, looking in”, the exact lyrics from The Outside, causing theories surrounding Taylor Swift (Taylor’s Version) to hit our social media pages faster than a Stranger Things edit.
About a year & half ago I wrote a song about the story of a girl who always lived on the outside, looking in. Figuratively & literally. The juxtaposition of her loneliness & independence. Her curiosity & fear all tangled up. Her persisting gentleness & the world’s betrayal of it. pic.twitter.com/2o1z8Hrht6— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) June 24, 2022
Phew, and that’s it. Every piece of evidence surrounding the next Taylor’s Version. Which team are you on? While you make your decision, we’ll be over here screaming every word of All Too Well (Taylor’s Version, of course).
By Heidi Watson