“It’s been 1 year since we escaped the real world together and imagined ourselves someplace simpler,” Swift wrote on Instagram. “With tall trees & salt air. Where you can wear lace nightgowns that make you look like a Victorian ghost & no one will side eye you cause no one is around. To say thank you for all you have done to make this album what it was, I wanted to give you the original version of The Lakes. Happy 1 year anniversary to Rebekah, Betty, Inez, James, Augustine and the stories we all created around them. Happy Anniversary, folklore.”
In a recent interview with Billboard, the song’s producer Jack Antonoff explained, “On one of my favorite songs on folklore, ‘The Lakes,’ there was this big orchestral version, and Taylor was like, ‘Eh, make it small.’ I had gotten lost in the string arrangements and all this stuff, and I took everything out. I was just like, ‘Oh, my God!’ We were not together because that record was made [remotely], but I remember being in the studio alone like, ‘Holy shit, this is so perfect.’”
Released on July 24, 2020, folklore would go on to become the best-selling album of the year. A sister album, evermore, followed in December 2020. Swift is currently in the process of re-recording her first six albums, sharing Fearless (Taylor’s Version) back in April, with Red (Taylor’s Version) set to arrive later this year.