Taylor Swift joined her pal Ellen Degeneres for an outdoor performance -- and much to T-Swizzle's delight, Ellen didn't jump out and terrify her for it.

Wearing a white button down and black high-waisted shorts, and clutching a red guitar (because obviously), Swift's performance was one of her best televised live shows. Her vocals were on point without much aid from her background singers, her smile was audible. Swift shines when she leaves the bells, whistles and especially the choreography at home. Here's hoping she embraces simplicity more often, because it suits her!