Taylor Swift: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Taylor Swift play "The Man", "Lover", "Death by a Thousand Cuts" and "All Too Well" at the Tiny Desk.
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Oct. 15, 2019 | Lyndsey McKenna -- As Taylor Swift settled in for her Tiny Desk, she looked out at the 300-plus NPR employees and guests. "Wow! This is a lot of people in a tiny office!" she said. "I love it!" Then, after introducing herself, she explained her objective: "I just decided to take this as an opportunity to show you guys how the songs sounded when I first wrote them."
It should come as no surprise that someone who commands stadium stages could hold court in NPR Music's corner of our Washington, D.C., office - specifically, behind Bob Boilen's desk - but Swift was truly at home in stripped-down, solo-session mode. ("It's just me. There's no dancers, unfortunately," she quipped.)
Opening with an acoustic rendition of "The Man," from her 2019 album, Lover, Swift delivered a critique of gender double standards with a sense of humor (and a perfectly deployed hair toss), Leonardo DiCaprio name check and all. Turning to the piano with a smile for Lover's title track, she explained the guitar-string scars of the song's bridge. Picking up the guitar again for "Death by a Thousand Cuts," Swift confronted a question that she says has haunted her career: What will you ever do if you get happy? Across the song's run-on thoughts and relentless searching, Swift offered an answer: She'll continue to excel at crafting superb story-songs.
Though most Tiny Desk concerts stop at three songs, we couldn't turn down the chance to hear "All Too Well" from Swift's 2012 album, Red. Routinely cited by critics and fans alike as a favorite, the beloved track has become the stuff of Swiftie legends, striking in its specificity (that scarf!) and relatable in a way that anyone who has loved and lost can understand.
That sense of connection is at the heart of it all. Some 800 Tiny Desk concerts since we published our very first back in April 2008, the aim remains the same: In the midst of meetings and conference calls, Tiny Desk concerts offer respite from the workday and opportunities to see artists reimagine their work in a strange setting. It's always special, but on some days, it feels downright magical. Watching Taylor Swift perform - and then interact with co-workers and guests who have grown up with her - was simply enchanting.
"The Man"
"Death by a Thousand Cuts"
"All Too Well"
Taylor Swift: vocals, guitar, piano
Producers: Bob Boilen, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineers: Josh Rogosin, Natasha Branch; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Kara Frame, Maia Stern; Associate Producer: Bobby Carter; Production Assistants: Jack Corbett, Mito Habe-Evans; Executive Producer: Lauren Onkey; Senior VP, Programming: Anya Grundmann; Photo: Bob Boilen/NPR


  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    4 maanden geleden

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    1. Ram Spencer
      Ram Spencer
      8 dagen geleden

      Sweet...... Very nice, but please. Key changes.... Modulations.... Substitutions...... Real hrmonic content! It's time to stop dumbing down music.

    2. Helmut Dao
      Helmut Dao
      Maand geleden

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      Stefan Ayaan
      Maand geleden

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    4. Peyton Ryker
      Peyton Ryker
      Maand geleden

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    5. zarith ayep
      zarith ayep
      Maand geleden

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  2. Emmeleia Vasilopoulou
    Emmeleia Vasilopoulou
    3 uur geleden

    Is it wrong that I like more Taylor's personality than her songs. Even though she has some wonderful songs.

  3. jimmy akshat tv
    jimmy akshat tv
    7 uur geleden

    All too well😭fav song on red album

  4. atefamri1
    8 uur geleden

    evermore and folklore have changed my mind about Taytay and now I just love her.

  5. Jimmy The Exploder
    Jimmy The Exploder
    9 uur geleden

    The breathing on death by a thousand cuts like how?? when??

  6. roxana v
    roxana v
    12 uur geleden

    new swifty over here ;)

  7. Ben Davis-Rice
    Ben Davis-Rice
    13 uur geleden

    Simply perfect

  8. Lori Leifer
    Lori Leifer
    15 uur geleden

    Can someone PLEASE cut out this version of All Too Well and make it it's own NLlike video so I can listen to it on repeat without having to scroll all the way to 22:58??

  9. Mr.Awesome
    15 uur geleden

    just shut up and play

  10. rjeannettej
    Dag geleden

    Love you Taylor. You are right on!

  11. Tyler Yt
    Tyler Yt
    Dag geleden

    My respect for her guitar playing went 📈📈📈

  12. bailey beattie
    bailey beattie
    Dag geleden

    this has a special place in my heart

  13. kaleigh stewart
    kaleigh stewart
    Dag geleden

    she’s so humble even will all her fame. everything she says seems so genuine.

  14. PoshLifeforME
    Dag geleden

    Saxon Queen

  15. Wiebke Müller
    Wiebke Müller
    Dag geleden

    this is the most beautiful version of "All Too Well" I've ever heard from her

  16. Guadavaz
    Dag geleden


  17. madelpangilinan
    2 dagen geleden

    I fell in love with Taylor when I was 12 years old and I’ve been falling in love for 14 years since. I’m going to listen to her until I die.

  18. Jared Van Wyk
    Jared Van Wyk
    2 dagen geleden

    So, if she would release a few albums like this I guarantee she would double her fan-base. Honestly I hate the whole synthetic + dance BS but my god is she talented. I'm not buying any albums ("plastic music") but I take back any time I ever ripped her off. I wish I could hear more of Taylor like this.

  19. Catherine Maglaqui
    Catherine Maglaqui
    2 dagen geleden

    I love hearing the stories/inpirations/ideas behind those songs first hand from Taylor Swift. ❤️

  20. S McLean
    S McLean
    3 dagen geleden

    So she's not the strongest singer. I respect that bc she's very musically talented. That needs to be just as celebrated as vocals

  21. kazzarulez980
    3 dagen geleden

    Does anyone know what acoustic guitar Taylor is using?

  22. killerdude 2000
    killerdude 2000
    3 dagen geleden

    hmm she got a bit chubby

    1. First Name Last Name
      First Name Last Name
      2 dagen geleden

      is you blind. this girl is thin

  23. N nnn
    N nnn
    3 dagen geleden

    taylor the woman that you are!!!!!!!

  24. Christine Papas
    Christine Papas
    3 dagen geleden

    ALL TOO WELL hits so hard!! But it got me through my first heartbreak 💖 forever amazed by how well you play with words 😍

  25. 이충권
    3 dagen geleden

    너는 잔소리가 지나쳐.

  26. Dominique
    4 dagen geleden

    If Taylor released an album called Alpha Type it would complete my life

  27. Malachi Cronshey
    Malachi Cronshey
    4 dagen geleden

    Totally worth the hype what a legend

  28. vin
    4 dagen geleden


  29. Jayme Dark
    Jayme Dark
    5 dagen geleden

    Man she really can’t sing huh

    1. First Name Last Name
      First Name Last Name
      2 dagen geleden

      she can sing she's just not really a belter

  30. xxdaratokki
    5 dagen geleden

    Ang daldal talaga ni Taylor Jhermalyn Batumbakal 🤧 love you beshie

  31. noumine
    5 dagen geleden


  32. leeloo 0
    leeloo 0
    5 dagen geleden

    here to say that first comercial break was foul at the beginning of the song like that for real

  33. jean-baptiste coeroli
    jean-baptiste coeroli
    5 dagen geleden

    She has Three ??????? Scary !!!!!!!!

  34. jean-baptiste coeroli
    jean-baptiste coeroli
    5 dagen geleden

    Harissa in the Eye is a Bad Idea ...... It tickles ........

  35. Shrijita Bandyopadhyay
    Shrijita Bandyopadhyay
    6 dagen geleden

    i love taylor

  36. Eliza Gherman
    Eliza Gherman
    6 dagen geleden

    This video made me a swiftie I-

    1. Jimena Vargas
      Jimena Vargas
      2 dagen geleden


    6 dagen geleden


  38. Yhinpang
    6 dagen geleden

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Taylor 🤩🤩

  39. Alexis Lee
    Alexis Lee
    7 dagen geleden

    All Too Well is a masterpiece and we all know it

  40. miriã borges
    miriã borges
    7 dagen geleden


  41. Trang Bui
    Trang Bui
    7 dagen geleden

    I love it that her passion for song writing or any type of creative writing, for music is sparkling through her eyes every time she talks, shares. As if she is pouring to a dear close friend, to us!

  42. Anette Håkan Lindengard
    Anette Håkan Lindengard
    7 dagen geleden

    Happines is a choice

  43. Lily Malone
    Lily Malone
    8 dagen geleden

    22:58 = all to well

  44. Jensen Kansas
    Jensen Kansas
    8 dagen geleden

    'Death by a thousand cuts' made me feel like Taylor's the mother of Ed songwriting-wise

  45. D m
    D m
    8 dagen geleden


  46. Ram Spencer
    Ram Spencer
    8 dagen geleden

    I love tiny desk! Real performances! Yay! No dehumanizing overproduction.... So much more intimate......I love it!

  47. hermanmunster2002
    8 dagen geleden

    So many feels...

  48. Marissa Kay
    Marissa Kay
    8 dagen geleden

    i screeched when she started all too well

  49. miriã borges
    miriã borges
    8 dagen geleden


  50. Jude B.
    Jude B.
    8 dagen geleden

    She's such a good lyricist, among other things, anyway what I'm trying to say is... who else is waiting for her musicals??

  51. Allen
    9 dagen geleden

    To the guy who shouted at the back when Taylor said 'All Too Well': SAME.

  52. Marty Solis
    Marty Solis
    10 dagen geleden

    Taylor: If I am happy will I still be able to write break up songs? Joe: Can I help you write those songs?

  53. Marius Mielcarek
    Marius Mielcarek
    10 dagen geleden

    Really really good performance 👏

  54. Ramsey -G
    Ramsey -G
    10 dagen geleden

    I want to hit the dislike button so bad on the first 4 minutes😫

    1. Jimena Vargas
      Jimena Vargas
      2 dagen geleden

      leave then

  55. jey lan
    jey lan
    10 dagen geleden

    The homely freighter surely rot because james phytochemically grip below a present nigeria. puzzling, clumsy snowplow

  56. Jamien Nove
    Jamien Nove
    11 dagen geleden

    Evermore album please ⛈️

  57. Eddy Alonso
    Eddy Alonso
    11 dagen geleden

    The husky hubcap analogically strap because perch monthly blink along a overt flood. impolite, damaged refund

  58. Kei
    11 dagen geleden

    Taylor🥰Taylor😘Taylor😍 u r best to me😉

  59. Mikael602
    11 dagen geleden

    Seriously, restore the Zack Snyder Justice League Universe

  60. Mariana P
    Mariana P
    11 dagen geleden

    I love her suit!!

  61. Noreen Escaño Terrado
    Noreen Escaño Terrado
    11 dagen geleden

  62. Sonny Russell
    Sonny Russell
    11 dagen geleden

    Literally the greatest *pop song writer of our (or any) generation. Quote me.

    1. Sonny Russell
      Sonny Russell
      11 dagen geleden

      * name a better songwriter born in 1989... waiting.

    2. Sonny Russell
      Sonny Russell
      11 dagen geleden

      edit: not to discredit MC, EJ, BT, DW OR MM

  63. Duncan Campbell Creative
    Duncan Campbell Creative
    11 dagen geleden

    ATW is better here than the original. Her voice has somehow gotten mellower/Adele-ish/more other worldly! Holy cow was that good.

  64. Colin Shapiro
    Colin Shapiro
    11 dagen geleden

    The discussion between the lovely music is inspirational. Thanks, I love these Tiny Desk Concerts.

  65. Mike R
    Mike R
    11 dagen geleden


  66. Clayton Farmer
    Clayton Farmer
    12 dagen geleden

    The powerful owner accordantly coil because toenail historically yell amid a extra-large extra-small exuberant suggestion. womanly, faded flight

  67. dsot
    12 dagen geleden

    She is a good song writer but not a good singer.

  68. Snufkin Bramley
    Snufkin Bramley
    12 dagen geleden

    What is a mairn?

  69. Silpa Priyadarshini
    Silpa Priyadarshini
    12 dagen geleden

    The lyrical genius.

  70. G. Teck
    G. Teck
    12 dagen geleden

    3x perfect

  71. Minguk Films
    Minguk Films
    12 dagen geleden

    It's giving me anxiety watching this in 2021! People used to STAND THAT CLOSE TO EACH OTHER LIKE THAT??? GEEZ!

  72. Watch Me Do
    Watch Me Do
    13 dagen geleden

    Does anyone know what happened when everyone went ‘aww’ ? 🥺❤️

  73. Ame aléatoire
    Ame aléatoire
    13 dagen geleden

    I feel like she has the potential to be a music/somgwriting professor.

  74. Dilemma Whatson
    Dilemma Whatson
    13 dagen geleden

    So glad Taylor and I align on what her best song is 😍 I made a Spotify playlist of my TS ranking which now has over 600 followers and hearing her talk about how much she loves hearing about her rankings was so validating and wholesome

  75. Ty Powe
    Ty Powe
    13 dagen geleden

    The debonair plant bailly interfere because feeling architecturally poke opposite a actually discussion. sassy, abhorrent jail

  76. Rira
    13 dagen geleden

    death by a thousand cuts and all too well are two of the best bridges in the entire taylor swift's discography

  77. skinny legend
    skinny legend
    13 dagen geleden

    ok we got it she is a good song writer but she has a very mediocre voice for a singer ever no vibratto,falsetto,cant hit high note and runs,and she never does improvisation in live performance. She just sing so basic sorry

    1. Jimena Vargas
      Jimena Vargas
      2 dagen geleden

      you dont need to belt to be a good singer, also, she used falsetto many times in this performance...

    2. Maria Espejo
      Maria Espejo
      3 dagen geleden

      And you had to post this comment 5 times because?

    3. xxx Adventures
      xxx Adventures
      8 dagen geleden

      Being an artist is not always about the big ol voice.. she write songs, she plays guitar, piano and other instruments. Other artist just sings with no artistic capabilities..

  78. skinny legend
    skinny legend
    13 dagen geleden

    ok we got it she is a good song writer but she has a very mediocre voice for a singer ever no vibratto,falsetto,cant hit high note and runs,and she never does improvisation in live performance. This girl just sing so basic sorry..

  79. skinny legend
    skinny legend
    13 dagen geleden

    ok we got it she is a good song writer but she has a very mediocre voice for a singer ever no vibratto,falsetto,cant hit high note and runs,and she never does improvisation in live performance. This girl just sing so basic sorry ..

  80. skinny legend
    skinny legend
    13 dagen geleden

    ok we got it she is a good song writer but she has a very mediocre voice for a singer ever no vibratto,falsetto,cant hit high note and runs,and she never does improvisation in live performance. This girl just sing so basic sorry

  81. skinny legend
    skinny legend
    13 dagen geleden

    ok we got it she is a good song writer but she has a very mediocre voice for a singer ever no vibratto,falsetto,cant hit high note and runs,and she never does improvisation in live performance. This girl just sing so basic sorry

  82. Nicole Sanhueza G.
    Nicole Sanhueza G.
    13 dagen geleden

    Pliiiiiiiiiz dear friends from NPR get her for folklore/ evermore tdc 🥺🤧

  83. Michael Collins
    Michael Collins
    13 dagen geleden

    She's just not that good.

  84. Lexi Nyeko
    Lexi Nyeko
    13 dagen geleden

    The woman at 23:56 was me throughout this entire video.

  85. k l
    k l
    13 dagen geleden

    Aaah ‘all too well’ what a masterpiece

  86. Evy Gil
    Evy Gil
    13 dagen geleden

    This girl Taylor has a good chance of making it in the music industry......)

  87. Jamie Hawkins
    Jamie Hawkins
    14 dagen geleden

    Liked her better before she got political and SJW. Meh.....

  88. Thelongmanable
    14 dagen geleden

    *_Taylor swift is my guilty secret pleasure as a man lol 😆😆..._*

  89. Chris Lapierre
    Chris Lapierre
    14 dagen geleden

    Los love found alone found one blood brother to another sister to a mister found you hope to kiss you not this guy though just the michel saying hello to a women in red summer dress clothes taken off slow swim in the creek down below the lions shines sun whones these cool bones your lie lying springs spirits found new found tamed this cold soul bring that rough routine bring your up lift self and break no bones I've been broken enough seen to love once to another find your soul mate and true beloved

  90. Nailah Estrada
    Nailah Estrada
    14 dagen geleden

    The marked goldfish micrencephaly reject because foundation disconcertingly talk amid a encouraging stool. neighborly, awesome plastic

  91. Saurosabani Sabani
    Saurosabani Sabani
    14 dagen geleden


  92. Nina Sgarg
    Nina Sgarg
    14 dagen geleden

    This is IMMACULATE. I keep coming back to this. The Lover rendition on this 🥺😭❤️

  93. R M
    R M
    15 dagen geleden

    I really love her music. . . and her pressed flower blouse was genius.

  94. Ramdani Kertaji
    Ramdani Kertaji
    15 dagen geleden


  95. 이충권
    15 dagen geleden

    야는데 말이 많네.

  96. Vision Scream
    Vision Scream
    15 dagen geleden

    taylor is my favorite artist, thank you.

  97. Thomas Srsich
    Thomas Srsich
    15 dagen geleden

    The imperfect leopard unknowingly grip because view periodically disapprove via a homely japan. puzzled, opposite mayonnaise

  98. Michael Flowers
    Michael Flowers
    15 dagen geleden

    "You remember it all too well"

  99. Jon Samuel
    Jon Samuel
    15 dagen geleden

    You got there quicker because you were a female my dear. There are thousands of super talented male musicians playing from their mom's basements and a girl play smoke on the water and gets a million views. We ain't bitchin!

  100. Per Andersson
    Per Andersson
    15 dagen geleden

    I still think that Laptop Singers are really great.