Taylor Swift drops “The Lakes “Original Version” (download).
Speaking about the new track, the grammy award winning singer had this to say:
“To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes,” she wrote. “Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine, and the lives we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore.”
The track differs from the version Swifties already know in that it brings more instruments into the mix. Swift’s co-writer and co-producer Jack Antonoff described it to Billboard as “a big orchestral version.” He said he “had gotten lost in the string arrangements and all this stuff,” but Swift decided to “make it small” instead.
Swift also reflected back on the year since Folklore’s release in an Instagram post, reminiscing about the world she created and its cottagecore aesthetic. “It’s been one year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” she wrote in part. “With tall tall trees and salt air. Where you’re allowed to wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost every day & no one will side eye you cause no one is around. It’s just you and your imaginary cabin and the stories you make up to pass the time.”
Listen and download below.