It doesn’t take 10 minutes to explain why we hate Jake Gyllenhaal, but the addition to All Too Well sure is a pleasant surprise

The re-release of Taylor Swift’s Red album brings fans new versions of old hits and some original content.

Photo by Republic Records - Taylor Swift

Photo by Republic Records – Taylor Swift

Susy Holbrook, Staff Reporter

Taylor Swift’s music has been  popular for over a decade as shown by over 200 million record sales worldwide. Since her self-titled debut album, released in 2006, she has released nine others. However, her earlier albums are not owned by her, meaning she doesn’t have rights to the music, so she has started to re-record them as her own. She puts (Taylor’s Version) next to the re-released songs now owned by her. She is also releasing new tracks with her albums that were from the vault.

One of her most popular re-releases would be “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version).”

This song was previously released on her album “Red” and was five minutes long. The new 10 minute version has fans star struck, and is arguably the most popular off her re-released new album Red Taylor’s Version. Swift also released a cinematic short film acting out the plot of the song.

Taylor Swift’s music has helped many fans going through breakups. The vast majority of her songs are about breakups. The song “All Too Well” highlights her rumored relationship with actor Jake Gyllenhaal. The lyrics in this song range from being happy, to being gaslighted, and ending up heartbroken: 

“And I left my scarf there, at your sister’s house. And you’ve still got it in your drawer, even now.”

This is one of the first lines in the song. Taylor was often seen wearing a scarf when she went out with Jake. This line shows that Jake kept her scarf, potentially to look back at their relationship. This line also addresses rumors that the song is about Gyllenhaal. 

“And you were tossing me the car keys, f*** the patriarchy.” 

This lyric was not in the original version of “All Too Well” so when fans heard it, they were blown away. The backstory to this line is that her ex appeared to be a feminist and he acted like he respected women. Taylor’s song hints at how untrue that actually is. The use of an expletive is rare in Swift’s music, so the use of one here implies she really wanted to put emphasis on this particular hypocrisy. 

“Cause there we are again in the middle of the night, we’re dancing ‘round the kitchen in the refrigerator light.”

This line highlights one of the upsides of the relationship. It shows that she was happy. However as the song goes on, it is known that these moments were very rare and she was gaslighted throughout the whole relationship. 

“And there we are again when nobody had to know. You kept me like a secret but I kept you like an oath.” 

The way she words this lyric makes it seem as though her ex  was ashamed of their relationship and didn’t want people to know that they were together. Clearly, that made Taylor upset because she feels he was not as vocal about the relationship as she was. This hints at the idea that he was embarrassed of the relationship. 

“And you call me up again just to break me like a promise. So casually cruel in the name of bein’ honest.”

This line shows that her ex called her just to hurt her and make her upset. This action shows Gyllenhaal has a lack of decency as a romantic partner. 

“You said if we had been closer in age, maybe it would’ve been fine.”

Fans were shocked to hear this line as it basically called out Gyllenhaal. Jake was quite older than Taylor when they dated. 

“And I was never good at tellin’ jokes, but the punch line goes, I’ll get older but your lovers stay my age.”

Jake Gyllenhaal has a history of dating women younger than him, as previously mentioned. His current girlfriend is about ten years younger than him. This lyric shows that the age gap with Taylor wasn’t a one-time thing, he continues and is going to keep going for younger women. 

Overall, Taylor has many iconic lyrics and verses throughout the song. She is extremely lyrically gifted, making her that popular. All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (Taylor’s Version) made number one on multiple charts, making it the first ten minute song with that high ranking.