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Everything Has Changed

Feat. Ed Sheeran | Single | RED (2012) | RED (Taylor's Version) [2021]

“Everything Has Changed” is a song about realizing your life has flipped upside down after falling for someone new. It was co-written by Taylor and her close friend Ed Sheeran as a duet and was released as a single from her fourth studio album, RED (2012). The re-recording of the song, “Everything Has Changed (Taylor’s Version)”, was released on November 12, 2021 on the album RED (Taylor’s Version).

Background and Composition

“Everything Has Changed” was written by Taylor and the then still largely unknown British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran in the backyard of Taylor’s since sold Los Angeles cottage. They wrote the song on a trampoline. The lyrics describe the feelings one has when meeting someone new and “all of a sudden your entire perspective on the world changes — you’re thinking for two, instead of one.” Taylor further explained the song’s theme: “Everything looks different to you because of this one new person came into your life. It’s really cool”. She recalled to MTV News:

«We, for real, were sitting on my trampoline in my backyard because we had been writing a song and I was like, ‘Hey, I just got a trampoline. You want to see it?’ And so, he brought the guitar for some reason. We ended up writing an entire song out there. For portions of the song, we were bouncing around ‘cause it’s a trampoline, and it’s fun, and the combined maturity level of both of us is 8 years.»

Taylor Swift
It was reported in spring 2012 that Ed Sheeran would appear as a guest artist on Taylor’s then-upcoming album RED. On October 18, 2012, “Everything Has Changed” leaked online.

The Beginning of the Sweeran Friendship

Ed Sheeran is one of several songwriters that Taylor reached out to write with her on RED. She had seen the music video for his song “Lego House” on TV while being on her “Speak Now World Tour” in Australia and was immediately “blown away.” She told Billboard: “You look at someone like Ed Sheeran. He comes from such a sincere place as a writer and his songs move you in every direction emotionally. That’s something I was so inspired by, I ended up calling him.”

«We had both reached out to each other’s camps at the same time. I showed up at his hotel in Arizona and we just wrote songs all day. Then he came and hung out at my house in LA and we spent all night sitting on the kitchen floor laughing, writing songs and harmonizing.»

Taylor Swift
Ed joined Taylor as the main opening act on her “RED Tour” in 2013. The two of them performed “Everything Has Changed” together every night.

Music Video

The music video for “Everything Has Changed” was directed by Philip Andelman and filmed in Oak Park, California at Medea Creek Middle School and San Antonio, Texas. It follows a day in the life of two young children in the same elementary school class. They are both misfits and become good friends, but their platonic feelings turn to something more. At the end of the video, it is revealed that the girl is Taylor’s daughter and the boy is Ed’s son.

Critical Reception

“Everything Has Changed” received generally mixed reviews from music critics. A writer from Billboard critized its composition yet complimenting Sheeran’s appearance. Robert Cospey of Digital Spy gave the song a three stars out of five rating, praising the song’s musical style as “cutesy” but felt that “their exchanges leave us with a warm and fuzzy feeling that is all too rare these days.”

Commercial Performance

In the United States, “Everything Has Changed” peaked at No. 32 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the Canadian Hot 100, the single peaked at No. 28. “Everything Has Changed” was more commercially successful in several European territories, peaking at No. 5 in Ireland, No. 7 in Sheeran’s native United Kingdom, and No. 8 in Belgium (Flanders region).

Taylor's Version

Taylor and Ed re-recorded “Everything Has Changed (Taylor’s Version)” for her second re-recorded album, RED (Taylor’s Version), which was released on November 12, 2021, through Republic Records. Before its release Ed said in an interview that he thinks the re-recording is a “much better version” of the song than the original. Taylor told Amazon Music:

«'Everything Has Changed' is a song that I wrote with Ed Sheeran, and I think this is the one that we wrote on a trampoline in my backyard — how cute is that? He is a friend that I will just cherish forever, and looking back to the phases that we were at in our lives back then...It was shortly after this that we went on tour together. We had so many hilarious times, and this was the song that started all of it. And now when I think about this song, I think about how we'd make faces at each other onstage, and try to make the other one crack up. For me, this song is just about all the memories, all the fun times, the friendship montage — that's what I see in my head when I think about this. And it was really fun to get to go in, and I was really, really grateful that Ed wanted to redo all his stuff on RED, so, yay!»

Taylor Swift

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
[Taylor]
All I knew this morning when I woke
Is I know something now, know something now I didn’t before
And all I’ve seen since 18 hours ago
Is green eyes and freckles
And your smile in the back of my mind making me feel like
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now

[Chorus]
[Both]
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you, know you, know you

CHORUS
‘Cause all I know is we said hello
And your eyes look like coming home
All I know is a simple name
And everything has changed
All I know is you held the door
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
All I know since yesterday
Is everything has changed

[Verse 2]
[Ed]
And all my walls stood tall, painted blue
I’ll take ‘em down, take ‘em down
And open up the door for you

[Taylor]
And all I feel in my stomach is butterflies, the beautiful kind
Makin’ up for lost time, takin’ flight making me feel like

[Pre-chorus]
[Both]
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just wanna know you, know you, know you

[Chorus]
‘Cause all I know is we said hello
And your eyes look like coming home
All I know is a simple name
And everything has changed
All I know is you held the door
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
All I know since yesterday
Is everything has changed

[Bridge]
[Both]
Come back and tell me why
I’m feeling like I’ve missed you all this time
And meet me there tonight
Let me know that it’s not all in my mind

[Pre-chorus]
[Taylor]
I just want to know you better, know you better, know you better now
I just want to know you, know you, know you

[Chorus]
[Both]
‘Cause all I know is we said hello
And your eyes look like coming home
All I know is a simple name
And everything has changed
All I know is you held the door
You’ll be mine and I’ll be yours
All I know since yesterday
Is everything has changed

[Final Chorus]
[Taylor]
All I know is we said hello
So dust off your highest hopes
All I know is pouring rain

[Both]
And everything has changed

[Taylor]
All I know is a new found grace
All my days I’ll know your face

[Both]
All I know since yesterday
Is everything has changed

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General Information
AlbumsRED
RED (Taylor’s Version)
FeatureEd Sheeran
ReleasedOctober 22, 2012
RecordedMay 28, 2012
Re-ReleasedNovember 12, 2021
StudioRuby Red Productions (LA)
GenreFolk Pop
Length4:05
LabelsBig Machine Records
Republic Records
SongwritersTaylor Swift
Ed Sheeran
ProducerButch Walker
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