Watch: Taylor Swift slings her Gibson acoustic at the Tiny Desk

The pop star strips down songs from her new album, Lover.

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Taylor Swift recently graced NPR’s Tiny Desk to perform an acoustic set dominated by songs from her latest album, Lover.

The pop star took advantage of the cosy setting to strip down Lover tracks, performing the songs the way they “sounded when I first wrote them”, she told the crowd. With her Gibson J-180 in hand, Swift started with The Man, a cut from her new album. Later, seated at the piano to perform Lover, she explained one particular lyric she was proud of: “With every guitar string scar on my hand / I take this magnetic force of a man to be my lover.”

“I took that as a metaphor for the times when I was learning to play guitar,” Swift said. “I played ’til my fingers bled as a kid, and I still have those marks from that, and all the times I’d be changing a string and it’d pop, and I still have scars from that.

“But it’s also a bigger metaphor for – in life, you accumulate scars, you accumulate hurt, you accumulate moments of learning, disappointment and struggle and all that,” she added. “And if someone’s going to take your hand, they better take your hand, scars and all.”

Swift wrapped up the set with Death By A Thousand Cuts, also from Lover, and All Too Well, a fan favourite from her 2012 album, Red. Watch her Tiny Desk concert here:

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