The alternate version of the song is more stripped-down than the original, shining a spotlight on Swift’s soft vocals and lyrics. The song was co-written by The National’s Aaron Dessner, who collaborated with Swift on much of the album.
The video that accompanies “cardigan ‘cabin in the candlelight’ version” includes behind-the-scenes footage from the various folklore cover shoots. She explores the woods, sits in an overgrown field, lays on a sunny rock, and generally serves the ultimate cottagecore energy in her self-styled braided buns.
In addition to the eight deluxe CD editions and eight deluxe vinyl editions of folklore, Swift is releasing this alternate track, “cardigan ‘cabin in the candlelight’ version,” as a 12-inch single pressed on white vinyl for only 24 hours.