"Slut!" (From The Vault)

Promotional Single | 1989 (Taylor's Version) [2023]

“‘Slut!'” (Taylor’s Version) [From The Vault]” is a song written by Taylor, Jack Antonoff and Patrik Berger that appears on 1989 (Taylor’s Version),  her fourth re-recorded album. It was released on October 27, 2023.
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Background and Release

1989 (Taylor’s Version) marks the fourth in a series of albums that have seen Taylor re-recording her Big Machine catalog, as an alternative for fans to listen to. In comparison to the original albums that put money in the pockets of parties who purchased the masters to those records along with the label as a whole without Taylor’s permission, she fully owns these re-recordings. Previous re-recorded albums were Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and RED (Taylor’s Version), both released in 2021, as well as Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), which was released in July 2023.

“’Slut!’” used to be one of Taylor’s many unreleased songs, although it had never been in rotation. Taylor revealed the full track list for 1989 (Taylor’s Version) on September 20, 2023, including “‘Slut!'”. An acoustic version of the song was released on November 9, 2023.

Lyrical Theme

According to Taylor, “Slut!” has more of a “California feeling” instead of a New York City vibe, which Taylor was going for with 1989. That is why the song was cut from the original album. Taylor told Tumblr Music on October 27, 2023:

«The song 'Slut!' is a song we wrote for 1989, and in it I sort of cheekily play on the discussions at that time in my life around my dating life. And that's not the only time on 1989 that I've done that, I did that on 'Blank Space'. And I think when I came down to having to pick songs for the album I think I thought, 'Okay, I'm gonna choose 'Blank Space'. And unfortunately, I had to make some tough decisions in terms of what to put on the tracklist. But I love this song because I think it's really dreamy. And I always saw 1989 as a New York album but this song to me was always California. And maybe that's another reason it didn't make the cut. 'Cause sometimes, thematically, I just have these weird little rules in my head. But I'm so happy it's finally going to be something you guys hear because I have always been proud of it, I've always wanted it to come into the world. And now it is! So yay!»

Live Performance

Taylor first performed “Slut!” during her sixth headlining concert tour, “The Eras Tour” (2023-2024). It was the second surprise song during her show on November 12, 2023, in Buenos Aires (Argentina). She played it acoustically on piano.

Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Flamingo pink
Sunrise Boulevard
Clink, clink
Being this young is art
Aquamarine
Moonlit swimming pool
What if all I need is you?

[Pre-Chorus 1]
Got love struck, went straight to my head
Got love sick all over my bed
Love to think you’ll never forget
Hand prints in wet cement
Adorned with smoke on my clothes
Lovelorn and nobody knows
Love thorns all over this rose
I’ll pay the price
You won’t

[Chorus]
But if I’m all dressed up
They might as well be looking at us
And if they call me a slut
You know, it might be worth it for once
And if I’m gonna be drunk
Might as well be drunk in love

[Verse 2]
Sent the code, he’s waiting there
The sticks and stones they throw froze mid-air
Everyone wants him
That was my crime
The wrong place at the right time
And I break down
Then he’s pulling me in
In a world of boys he’s a gentleman

[Pre-Chorus 2]
Got love struck, went straight to my head
Got love sick all over my bed
Love to think you’ll never forget
We’ll pay the price, I guess

[Chorus]
But if I’m all dressed up
They might as well be looking at us
And if they call me a slut
You know, it might be worth it for once
And if I’m gonna be drunk
Might as well be drunk in love

[Bridge]
Half asleep
Taking your time
In the tangerine neon light
This is luxury
You’re not saying you’re in love with me
But you’re going to
Half awake
Taking your chance
It’s a big mistake
Might blow up in your pretty face
I’m not saying, “Do it anyway”
But you’re going to

[Outro]
And if they call me a slut
You know, it might be worth it for once
And if I’m gonna be drunk
Might as well be drunk in love