Taylor Swift surprises fans by performing live renditions of ‘Say Don’t Go’ and ‘It’s Time to Go’

Taylor Swift surprises fans by performing live renditions of ‘Say Don’t Go’ and ‘It’s Time to Go'
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The beloved singer-songwriter took the stage for the third time in São Paulo during the final Eras Tour performance of 2023 before she’ll be back to resume the tour in February 2024.

The 33-year-old pop sensation bid adieu to her Brazilian Swifties, which has been one of the loudest crowds on the 13th international date on The Eras Tour. The passionate fans welcomed the singer with open arms and showed her tons of love for her six-night performances, which have been making headlines every other day. Recently, the final concert show in São Paulo on November 26, 2023, became one to remember, just like Taylor’s version re-recording!

Despite the crowd chanting “Reputation,” expecting to get surprise songs from the re-recorded album of the fifteen songs from the original album released in 2017, ongoing rumors have also suggested that Swift might soon announce its official release.

The singer herself was seen teasing the supposed near future release when Swift evidently said “Rep” instead of “Eras” Tour on stage while introducing her acoustic set. Later, she quipped at the crowd’s assertion of the assumed announcement by stating, “You’ve gotten in my head.”

The singer was quick to shake off the slip-up as a Reputation (Taylor’s Version) announcement didn’t happen at last night’s show. On the contrary, the “Don’t Blame Me” singer left fans in awe as she astonished them with live renditions of two of her lesser-known tracks, “Say Don’t Go” and “It’s Time to Go,” during the concert night’s acoustic set at Allianz Parque Stadium. In the intimate setting, Swift performed these songs for the first time ever, which allowed her to showcase her mesmerizing stage presence, leaving the audience completely spellbound.

With a spotlight, Swift debuted the emotionally charged ballad “Say Don’t Go,” live from the center of the stage on guitar, which was co-written with Diane Warren and just released in October as a vault track in 1989 (Taylor’s Version), as the single concurrently became a top-10 entry on the Billboard Hot 100. Later, the singer made the concert debut of “It’s Time to Go,” on piano, which is a track co-written with Aaron Dessner and featured on the deluxe version of 2020’s Evermore. It became 2021’s best-selling alternative music album and Americana album in the US and the UK, respectively.

Check out the fan-recorded footage as shared by the users on X (formerly known as Twitter) below: 

In addition to this, since the commencement of The Eras Tour, Swift has been performing two surprise songs each night, trying not to repeat them. To this end, she has told her fans that once the tour gets back on the road in 2024, she plans to reset and “make all the songs fair game” again. Furthermore, Swift said, “There are some songs that I still really, really wanna play,” while addressing her fans’ concerns by cheering them up and ensuring that they can expect more new songs in future shows next year. 

Earlier in the night, during the Evermore era of the set, she told the Swifties, quote, “This has been the most magical adventure of my life.” Further adding, “We find ourselves on the last night of The Eras Tour 2023,” she expressed. “This tour is something that I thought of because I really wanted to celebrate all the times you guys have been there for me, and put together a show that incorporated all my favorite memories of touring — and I’ve been touring most of my life. I love traveling through these memories with you.”