A must-hear song from Taylor Swift’s new album: ‘Speak Now’

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Her 2010 release, “Speak Now,” is back with a new version for Taylor Swift zealots.

It is Swift’s third album to be rereleased as “Taylor’s Version,” following the bitter fallout from the sale of her original masters in 2020. (“Fearless” and “Red” preceded it.)

“Taylor’s Version” of “Speak Now” includes rerecords of the original 14 tracks from the album, along with two bonus tracks (“Ours” and “Superman”) released in 2010. The primary songs – including “Back to December,” “Mine,” “Sparks Fly” and “Mean” – remain faithful with a more polished sheen and Swift’s ever-confident vocals.

In addition, Swifties noticed that most songs vary in length by a few seconds. Likewise, the lyric in “Better Than Revenge” has been changed from, “She’s better known for what she does on the mattress” to “He was a moth to a flame, she was holding the matches.”

There are 22 songs on Taylor Swift’s 2010 album “Speak Now.”

There are six new “vault” tracks, two of which feature Fall Out Boy (on “Electric Touch”) and Paramore’s Hayley Williams (on “Castles Crumbling”).

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour plays what songs from “Speak Now”?

There has been little mention of “Speak Now” on Swift’s mammoth Eras Tour, with only the song “Enchanted” representing that era.

In her Minneapolis concert on June 24, Swift teased the release of the album by performing the song “Dear John” as one of her two “surprise” songs. She prefaced the nearly seven-minute scathing musical summary of her relationship with John Mayer when she was 19 by asking her devotees not to harass Mayer online.

You shouldn’t feel the need to defend me on the internet against someone you think I wrote a song about because I am not releasing this album.

The best ‘vault’ song on Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) is ‘When Emma Falls in Love.’

Swift’s six new (to us) songs are all filled with lush melodies and vivid storytelling lyrics, but one has had fans speculating for weeks about its content.

‘When Emma Falls in Love’ is likely about Swift’s longtime friend, actress Emma Stone, whom she has been close to since the late 2000s.

Although Swift’s lyrics suggest Emma is in love (“Emma met a boy with eyes like a man/turns out her heart fits right in her palms”), close scrutiny reveals a sweeter meaning – the admiration and love she holds for her friend.

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From a gentle ballad to an explosive chorus, Swift sings, “’Cause she’s the kind of girl you can’t put down, like if Cleopatra had grown up in a small town/And the bad boys would all become good boys if they had a chance to love her/And to tell you the truth, sometimes I wish I was her.” The song includes elements from Swift’s crossover from country to pop.

That’s not only a touching admission, but also a pretty deep commitment.