Taylor Swift knows “All Too Well” how much her fans love the heartbreaking Red ballad. Turns out, the five-and-a-half minute song was once double as long.
On the Nov. 17 episode of Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums podcast, Swift shared the origins of “All Too Well,” the first song she wrote for her 2012 album. The star noted that it all began with an ad-libbing session in the studio.
“It included the F-word and basically I remember my sound guy was like, ‘Hey, I burned a CD of that thing that you were doing in case you want it.’ And I was like, ‘Sure,'” she explained. “I ended up taking it home and listening to it. And I was like, ‘I actually really like this but it definitely is like 10 minutes long and I need to pare it down.'”