1989 will be released at the end of the month, but until then Taylor Swift might be tiding us over with the release of a new song off the album.
The pop star teased her audience over on Instagram with the following message; which seems to be referring to “Out of the Woods,” the song that Swift co-wrote with Bleachers’ Jack Anatoff:
5 days. #1989
According to her profile in Rolling Stone last month, “Out of the Woods” could potentially address Swift’s former relationship with One Direction member, Harry Styles. Regarding this particular track:
Swift says, “Every day was a struggle. Forget making plans for life – we were just trying to make it to next week.” The most interesting part comes when Swift sings, “Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/Twenty stitches in a hospital room.” She says it was inspired by a snowmobile ride with an ex who lost control and wrecked it so badly that she saw her life flash before her eyes. Both of them had to go to the ER, although Swift wasn’t hurt. She corrects herself: “Not as hurt.”
Also, while “Shake It Off” is definitely the first single off the new album, Swift also wanted to clarify that what she’s sharing next will technically not be considered a single.
To clarify, what is coming in the next few days is a new song that I think best represents #1989. It is NOT my next single. #ShakeItOff
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) October 9, 2014
Does that mean that we won’t get a video where the Harry Styles look-a-like crashes a snowmobile though? That’s disappointing.
1989 will be released on October 27 via Swift’s label Big Machine Records.
Watch the video for “Shake it Off” below and read Wondering Sound’s Roundtable Discussion about it right here.