On Thursday, Taylor Swift posted a picture on her Instagram account that many believe teases a song off her upcoming album 1989. Speculation and analysis from fans and the media have indicated that Swift’s photo announces the release of a song called “Out Of The Woods” on Monday, October 13.
Swift posted a picture of a path in the woods, superimposed with a “5,” a downward pointing arrow and the word “woods”. According to MTV.com, the photo possibly references the song “Out Of The Woods,” which Swift talked about in the cover story about her that appeared in the September 25 issue of Rolling Stone.
Swift reportedly admitted that the song was written after a snowmobile accident she was in with an ex-boyfriend, whom the magazine reported was Harry Styles of One Direction. “Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/ Twenty stitches in a hospital room,” reportedly go the lyrics of the song, which references the accident that apparently hurt both Swift and Styles.
“You know what I’ve found works even better than an NDA [non-disclosure agreement]? Looking someone in the eye and saying, ‘Please don’t tell anyone about this,’ ” replied Swift when asked why the incident never made headlines.
“Out Of The Woods” was co-written by fun. musician Jack Antonoff, who tweeted in September that he considered it “one of the most important things” he had ever been part of and that he couldn’t wait for everyone to hear it. According to E! Online, fans of Swift reportedly took to Twitter to share Antonoff’s enthusiasm when the “Shake It Off” singer posted her teaser photo on Instagram.
Swift later explained on Twitter that “Out Of The Woods” wasn’t her next single off 1989, but a song that she thought best represented the album, which drops on October 27. Meanwhile, fans can whet their appetites for new material by Swift by watching a cover she recently performed of Vance Joy’s “Riptide” on BBC 1.