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29 July 2020, 17:29
Taylor Swift started writing the lyrics to new song ‘Cardigan’ in April, and she’s now showing fans a closer look at the process.
Taylor is one of a few fellow pop stars happy to show fans the intricate process behind how she makes her music and she’s now shared on Twitter the very first lyrics of ‘Cardigan’ she sent to songwriter Aaron Dessner on 27 April – cheekily, the same day she told fans she wasn’t up to much!
Looking back at @taylorswift13 's text with her original voice memo of Cardigan...still surreal...a special edition of the song with the voice memo (which has alternate lyrics) is available thru Thurs. 7/30 only on her web site and iTunes pic.twitter.com/vr5qgUS8de— Aaron Dessner (@aaron_dessner) July 28, 2020
Retweeting Aaron’s screenshot of their 2am text exchange to her 86.6 million followers, the pop star originally sent a voice note with different lyrics to the version she released.
“Oh my god I’m already writing over one of them,” she first text Aaron after her ‘Folklore’ ideas began flooding her mind.
“This is so exciting I’m freaking out,” she added.
After Aaron replied with a smiley emoji Taylor continued to bombard him with lyrics, as well as a voice memo titled ‘New Recording.’
“An idea! Sending lyrics,” she added, following it up with a few verses of what has now become a huge single from the album.
Taylor is now releasing the song and its voice memo as a special edition vinyl and CD through her merchandise website and iTunes.
It’s also since emerged that the day Taylor was writing the fairytale-inspired lyrics, she told fans she had, “not a lot going on at the moment.”
At the time, Swifities thought it was actually an Easter egg she had more content underway from her ‘Lover’ album, but nothing emerged.
It wasn’t until three months later that Taylor dropped ‘Folklore’ on 24 July with just a few hours’ notice.
Alongside ‘Cardigan’, Taylor has also launched an actual cardigan for fans to get their hands on, which she’s already sent to celebrity friends including Jonathan Van Ness, Selena Gomez and bestie Abigail Anderson.