Back in 2010, when Taylor Swift’s single “Dear John” came out, rumors flooded that the song was about the notorious heart breaker John Mayer. The two worked on a duet “Half of my Heart” in 2009 and was rumored to have been dating for a very short period of time. All Swift’s songs have been documented to be based upon her personal experiences but until now she has never clearly admitted that the song was indeed about Mayer. Dear John’s lyrics go: Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone / don’t you think I was too young (Taylor being 19 at that time) /to be messed with / the girl in the dress / cried the whole way home, I should’ve known.
Mayer’s response, when interviewed by the Rolling Stone, “It made me feel terrible, because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do”. This was a difficult time for Mayer, he said “I was really caught off-guard, and it really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down. I mean, how would you feel if, at the lowest you’ve ever been, someone kicked you even lower?” He expressed his disappointment and hurt by saying, “I will say as a songwriter that I think it’s kind of cheap songwriting, I know she’s the biggest thing in the world, and I’m not trying to sink anybody’s ship, but I think it’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!’ That’s bullshit.”
But then again, Swift replied with, “How presumptuous! I never disclose who my songs are about”.
After Mayer’s two year vocal difficulties, his new single “Paper Doll” has ignited the issue between the two and assumptions are being made that this is Mayer’s fire back at Swift for the Dear John song. When asked by the media, Mayer responded “Songwriters write songs because of people, about people. Anything someone else wrote is their reception of a song; I don’t get involved in it. It’s none of my business.”
Paper Doll’s lyrics that made the fans speculate was the line, ”Someone’s gonna paint you another sky” which has a similar line with Dear John’s lyrics, “You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain.” Another line goes, “You’re like 22 girls in one”, coincidentally Swift has a hit song entitled “22”.
Although the lyrics are not as clear as Swift’s song “Dear John” and with Mayer indirectly answering the questions just like Swift had in 2010, this just heightens the speculations that the song is indeed intended for Taylor.
After almost three years of silence in the business, Mayer says “”I’m doing just what I want to do.” “The greatest gift I now have in my life is the opportunity to play again, which is also the opportunity to dream again,” He said. “My dreams were in escrow, but when I found out these things in my throat had receded, the most exciting thing for me was having a second chance at a new life. My dreams have come true twice.” He is currently in a relationship with Katy Perry with rumors of marriage in the near future.
While Swift has recently just broken up with Harry Styles of One direction and now rumored to be dating Brenton Thwaites. A statement by Swift about her past relationships to Rolling Stones saying, “I am getting to a point where the only love worth being in is the love worth singing about. And kind of mad love”.
What do you think? Is it really for Taylor Swift? Leave your comments y’all!