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Taylor Swift’s New “Out of the Woods” Previewed on GMA (Updated)

Taylor Swift with Sarah Hyland and Odeya Rush

Update Taylor Swift’s big “Good Morning America” tease was not referring to a full-fledged appearance, but for those craving new music, what it actually involved might have been even more satisfying.

ABC’s popular morning show previewed audio from Swift’s new song “Out of the Woods.”

Set to hit iTunes at midnight, the promotional “1989” track features the 80s pop vibe Swift said inspired the album–and that which would be expected of a collaboration with fun. and Bleachers member Jack Antonoff.

Lyrics heard in the preview:

The rest of the world was black and white
We were in screaming color
Are we out of the woods, yet (repeated)
Are we in the clear? (repeated)

Speaking about the song, Swift says, “this song sounds exactly like that frantic feeling of anxiety and questioning” that accompanies a relationship on unsteady ground.  A video of Swift telling ABC News about the song follows:


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In using the word “Woods” as a clue for her upcoming “1989” instant gratification release, Taylor Swift did not exactly go the cryptic route. Anyone with vague insight into the tracklist for her fifth studio album knew she was referring to “Out of the Woods.”

Mindful that any attempt to continue the mystery would be futile, Swift effectively announced her intention to launch “Out of the Woods” in a Twitter post Sunday.

The singer-songwriter, whose “1989” releases later this month, additionally teased involvement in Monday’s edition of ABC morning show “Good Morning America.” Also on hand for the episode? Charli XCX and Jason DeRulo, who will announce this year’s key American Music Awards nominees.

“So… Maybe watch @GMA tomorrow morning (Mon at 8:10 E) and maybe check @iTunesMusic at midnight Monday. #OutOfTheWoods #1989,” wrote Swift.

While “Out of the Woods” will launch as a promotional/instant gratification track Monday, it is not slated as her next official single.

Responding to reports that it was the official follow-up to smash “Shake it Off,” Swift Tweeted last week, “To clarify, what is coming in the next few days is a new song that I think best represents #1989. It is NOT my next single. #ShakeItOff.”

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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