Swift’s latest re-recording comes after the release of her album Red (Taylor’s Version) in 2021. The album includes two bonus tracks that were previously released on the original album, as well as six never-heard-before songs from her (what seems to be) endless music collection. However, what has caught the attention of fans is the alteration made to the track “Better Than Revenge.”
The original lyrics to the song sang: “She’s not a saint, and she’s not what you think / she’s an actress, whoa / She’s better known for the things that she does / On the mattress, whoa.”
Swift changed the lyrics, now with the song singing: “He was a moth to the flame / She was holding the matches, whoa.”
Since its initial release in 2010, fans have consistently criticized the particular line in the song, labeling it as problematic and promoting antifeminism.
Swift addressed the public criticism and shared her thoughts on the matter a few years back.
“I was 18 when I wrote that. That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realize no one can take someone from you if they don’t want to leave,” Swift told The Guardian in a 2014 interview.
Back in May, on the opening night of her three-night performance in Nashville for the Eras Tour, Swift surprised fans with the announcement that she would be releasing her re-recorded album “Speak Now.”
“Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” includes a collection of six new songs from Swift’s vault, showcasing exciting collaborations such as “Electric Touch” featuring Fall Out Boy and “Castles Crumbling” featuring Hayley Williams from Paramore.