The long version of the song was released Friday as the final track on “Red (Taylor’s Version),” a rerecording of her 2012 album that’s part of her ongoing effort to reclaim ownership of her back catalog.
“All Too Well” is considered by many her best work.
Swift, all in black, sang on a carpet of golden leaves in front of footage from “All Too Well: The Short Film,” featuring Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink, which she wrote and directed.
The lyrics are complex, heartfelt and searingly angry and painful. “I’m in a new hell every time you double-cross my mind,” sang Swift.
Snow fell on her shoulders at the close of the song, mirroring the image in the film.
Colin Jost later opened “Weekend Update” quipping: “Well, guys, I think the lesson we all learned this week is never break up with Taylor Swift. Or she will sing about you for 10 minutes on national television.”
Earlier in the program, Swift made a fun cameo in a music video sketch featuring Pete Davidson and three new “SNL” writers: Ben Marshall, John Higgins and Martin Herlihy. Much to their dismay, Davidson turns it into a song about “Three Sad Virgins.”
Swift turns up to sing with Davidson: “They’re three sad virgins. And they’re gonna die alone.”
It was Swift’s fifth appearance on “SNL.” The first one was in 2009.
Check out “All Too Well” in the video up top, and “Three Sad Virgins” here: