'I won't let you fall': Taylor Swift, Shawn Mendes debut dreamy new lyrics in 'Lover' remix
Swift, 29, and "Señorita" singer Mendes, 21, breathed new life into Swift's romantic seventh album title track, transforming her ballad into a duet with fresh verses and harmonies that'll have fans falling in love all over again.
"(Mendes) 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 told fans in a video shared to launch the song Wednesday, referring to the new song as a "COLLABORASHAWN."
"And I also think everybody would write a different love letter to their lover. I think his take is so beautiful," she added.
Swift's second verse about letting "friends crash in the living room" is replaced by new lyrics, now sung by Mendes: "We can light a bunch of candles and dance around the kitchen, baby / Pictures of when we were young would hang on the wall / We would sit on the stoop, I'll sing love songs to you when we're eighty / See I finally got you now, honey, I won't let you fall."
He then launches into a harmony with Swift of the chorus before adding a new section to the bridge. Instead of Swift singing "my heart's been borrowed and yours has been blue," Mendes has a new, swoon-worthy spin.
"Look in my eyes, they will tell you the truth / The girl in my story has always been you / I'd go down with the Titanic, it's true, for you, lover."
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Mendes began collaborating with Swift as an opening act during her 2015 "1989" World Tour. Earlier this year, he sang her praises in a write-up for Time 100's Most Influential People list.
"Taylor makes the job of creating music for millions of people look easy," he wrote. "It all comes from her—her belief in magic and love, and her ability to be as honest and raw as possible. She’s the master of putting the perfect amount of thought into not overthinking, and that’s why her music connects so well."
Mendes concluded: "Taylor makes anyone older feel young again and anyone young feel they can do anything. It’s so rare and so special. If there is one thing I want to achieve in my career and life, it’s that."
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