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    Taylor Swift Just Revealed All The Easter Eggs We Missed In The "Cardigan" Music Video

    Of course, there's a 13 in the video.

    It's almost been a month since Taylor Swift released her history-making eighth album Folklore and its lead single, "Cardigan", but they're still the gifts that keep on giving.

    Because on Monday, Taylor released a brand new annotated version of the "Cardigan" music video, and as is tradition, she revealed a bunch of Easter eggs and behind-the-scenes details that fans may have missed.

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    Here's everything she revealed...

    1. The old portrait of a man on top of the piano is actually a photo of Taylor's grandfather, and the artwork next to it was something Taylor herself painted at the beginning of quarantine.

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    In the prologue to Folklore, Taylor revealed she had written a number of the songs on the album from the perspectives of different people, including "her grandfather, Dean, landing at Guadalcanal in 1942". His experience in the war is chronicled in "Epiphany".

    2. Also, of course, the hands on the clock point to 1 and 3, because Taylor's favourite number is 13.

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    3. The video gives some backstory into Taylor's collaboration with The National's Aaron Dessner, who produced the majority of the tracks on the album and who Taylor met at a concert in Brooklyn last year.

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    "I started asking him about what their writing process is," Taylor said. "He told me they work remotely a lot because they live all over the world."

    She added: "When quarantine hit and I found myself wanting to write, I reached out and he was really wanting to create too. It's been one of the most effortless collaborations and I'm very lucky to have met him."

    4. The video was directed by Taylor herself, and she worked with Oscar-nominated cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto who previously worked on "The Man".

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    According to the notes, Taylor was inspired by period and fantasy films and sent the cinematographer visual references including photos, drawings, and a time-coded storyboard for each shot.

    5. The annotated video also gives some behind-the-scenes info on how the music video was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic, revealing that Taylor did her own hair and makeup and wore her own clothes.

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    6. They also went to great lengths to maintain social distancing and health standards on set, including having a health inspector on hand to spray down props between every take.

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    7. Of course, the album release was a total surprise to both fans and Taylor's record label, so Taylor wore an earpiece on set so no one else could hear the song out loud.

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    8. And the album's title, Folklore, was added to the piano using visual effects just hours before the music video dropped.

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    9. The annotated video also provides some insight into the storyline of "Cardigan", explaining that each scene represents the different stages of a relationship.

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    The video explains: "The forest scene represents the evergreen beginning of a relationship where everything seems magical and full of beauty, whereas the ocean scene represents the isolation and fear involved when a relationship is breaking down."

    "Returning to the cabin signifies returning to a sense of self after experiencing love lost," it goes on. "However, Taylor's clothes remain soaking wet to represent that she was changed by the journey but has discovered who she always was."

    Watch the annotated version of "Cardigan" in full here:

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