Do you know the way laborious it’s to focus on Swift’s greatest breakup tune when she is principally the godmother of breakup songs, figuring out precisely which crumbs of information will flip her listeners into detectives? Her albums are her journals and her songs are her relationship guides. But her most evident one was “Dear John” off of her 2010 album Speak Now.
Sample lyric? “Dear John, I see it all, now it was wrong / Don’t you think 19 is too young to be played by your dark twisted games, when I loved you so?”
It was, in fact, about John Mayer, although Swift by no means confirmed it … however Mayer determined to some years later, admitting in an interview that the tune “humiliated.”
“It made me feel terrible,” Mayer informed Rolling Stone. “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.” He felt the transfer was “cheap songwriting” to, as he described it, “rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!'”
Swift’s response? “How presumptuous!”