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Taylor Swift Fans Are Reclaiming The Lyrics To “Change” After The Release Of “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”

“Those walls that they put up to hold us back fell down.”

Posted on April 9, 2021, at 7:14 a.m. ET

The wait is over! Taylor Swift has finally released the first of her rerecorded albums, aptly titled Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

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The new release of the 2008 classic contains rerecorded versions of every song from Fearless and its deluxe edition, as well as “Today Was a Fairytale,” six previously unreleased songs ~from the vault~, and a remix of “Love Story.” We have been fed!

The rerecorded versions are almost indistinguishable from the originals, meaning we get to stream Fearless guilt-free as if 2008 never ended.

Meanwhile, the vault songs are making everyone question why the album wasn’t 27 tracks long to begin with. (The fact that I’ve had to live the last 13 years of my life without “Don’t You” may actually be a criminal offense.)

But one song in particular has caught the attention of Swifties, who believe its lyrics have taken on a whole new meaning in light of Taylor’s fight for the rights to own her music.

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The song — “Change” — originally appeared as the last track on Fearless, and Taylor wrote it about her experience working with Scott Borchetta under Big Machine Records.

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“I wrote this song about being on a small record label, being a 16-year-old girl, and having a lot of odds stacked up against all of us,” Taylor told Country Aircheck in August 2008. “A lot of people, if given those odds, would say that’s not going to work.”

She explained she finished writing the song after winning the Horizon Award at the 2007 CMAs — a huge moment in her early career.

“I looked over at Scott Borchetta after I won, and he was crying,” Taylor said. “It was absolutely the most amazing night of my life, getting to see the emotion of all the people who worked so hard for me. So I wrote that song about that.”

The message hidden in the album booklet lyrics for “Change” read, “You made things change for me.”

It’s no secret that the relationship between Taylor and Scott Borchetta soured in recent years after he refused to let her purchase the master recordings that she signed away to Big Machine when she was just 15.

In a lengthy post on her Tumblr account in June 2019, Taylor revealed she had asked to buy her master recordings outright, but claimed Scott counteroffered for her to “earn” them back by re-signing with Big Machine and producing six more albums with the label.

She ultimately refused, knowing he had plans to sell the label. She made the choice to prioritize her future over her past. But, she said, she never dreamed Scott would sell the label to Scooter Braun.

“This is my worst case scenario,” Taylor wrote at the time. “This is what happens when you sign a deal at fifteen to someone for whom the term ‘loyalty’ is clearly just a contractual concept. And when that man says ‘music has value,’ he means its value is beholden to men who had no part in creating it.”

“Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to,” she went on. “He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them.”

Of course, this dispute is the whole reason Taylor is rerecording and rereleasing her old music in the first place — so neither Scott Borchetta nor Scooter Braun can profit from her life’s work.

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And that brings us back to “Change.” The song may have originally been written about Taylor’s hard work with Scott Borchetta and Big Machine — but with the added subtitle of “Taylor’s Version,” fans think the lyrics take on a brand-new meaning.

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In the song, Taylor sings about facing hardships that no one believed she could ever make it through — at first, releasing under “the smallest label in Nashville,” and now the dispute over her masters with that very same label.

The song ends with Taylor winning her battles and emerging victorious over her adversaries — just as she has with the release of Fearless (Taylor’s Version).

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It didn’t escape fans that the singer used a lyric from “Change” in her social media posts announcing the album had finally dropped.

It was the night things changed. Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is out now:

Twitter: @taylorswift13

And it’s safe to say they couldn’t be more down for the new interpretation.

taylor swift just said “those walls that they put up to hold us back fell down” after finally taking back ownership of her music and that’s exactly why we respect change (taylor’s version) in this house

Twitter: @exilenarry

the way we are changing the meaning of change and its now a song about taylor taking back control of her art and us supporting her thank you

Twitter: @babyouremyqueen

Her vocals on change are so strong and the song has a completely new meaning with the re-recordings 👉🏻👈🏻

Twitter: @hannnahkristine

That (Taylor’s Version) really just hits different.


Twitter: @blessedswift

We truly love to see it 👑💛


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