The 28-year-old singer released the new recording as one of her Spotify Singles. The real surprise came with Swift's other song: a lightly countrified cover of Earth, Wind & Fire's R&B-funk classic "September".
At around the same time, according to reports, the press release announcing the songs was revised to eliminate the second two sentences in this paragraph: "Taylor says that she chose "September" for sentimental reasons".
Swift's country remake is a boring, banjo-playing rendition that takes the wind (excuse the pun) out of the group's 1978 upbeat funk track.
"Unaltered in the press release were Swift's comments about the other track: "'Delicate" is a song about the vulnerability that immediately surfaces in all of us the minute we meet someone we want to like us", it reads. We also included Earth, Wind & Fire's original track below to help restore your feel-good vibes.
In March, Taylor returned to Nashville's Bluebird Café for an intimate acoustic performance - the very spot she was discovered by Big Machine exec Scott Borchetta as a teenager.
The "reputation" tour is set to begin on May 8 in Glendale at University of Phoenix Stadium and stays on the west coast with two stops in California before moving to Seattle and Denver, before crossing the Mississippi River for a largely eastern tour.
Judge opined that some songs shouldn't be remade, and "September" is one of them - especially by Swift.