It's the 13th of the month, and Taylor Swift's homage to her lucky number came in the form of a "Lover" remix, featuring her old pal Shawn Mendes. "Hey guys, I wanted to tell you about something that I'm really excited about," Swift said in a video teasing the song on Wednesday morning (Nov. 13). "There is a new version of 'Lover' coming, a remix featuring someone who I'm such a huge fan of and I've known for a really long time. And someone I have always really been dying to collaborate with."
The spin on her album's title track, which dropped just after midnight, keeps some of the same romantic lyrics but with a new twist provided by Mendes. "We could light a bunch of candles and dance around the kitchen baby," Mendes sings in a breathy voice over acoustic guitars. "Pictures of when we were young they hang on the wall/ And we would sit on the stoop and I'll sing love songs to you when we're 80/ See I finally got you now, honey I won't let you fall."
"He has taken 'Lover' and he has re-written parts of it, which I think is so important because I love him as a writer," Swift said of the personal touch Mendes added to the title track of her latest album. "And I also think that everybody would write a different love letter to their lover and I think his take on it is so beautiful."
Mendes also joins Swift on the song's reworked chorus, their voices intertwining as he later adds another layer to the mid-song breakdown, bringing the ultimate love story into the mix. "The girl in my story has always been you/ I'd go down with the Titanic, it's true for you… Lover," he sings before adding some falsetto ad libs as the song rushes to its conclusion.
Swift recently told Zane Lowe in an interview that her seventh album, released back in August, was “the first time I've written about love that was very real rather than a song like Love Story that I wrote when I was 17.”
"I feel like my priorities are in order, done some growing up, feeling good about it. And I was like, you know, what's that going to be like to write from that place? But I didn't even have long enough to think about that before I was writing this record.“