The latest album from squinty-eyed country swooner Taylor Swift will read like “Deja Vu for Dissing Your Ex,” according to a new report.
Swift, 20, has made a habit of writing about the ex-loves of her young life on her albums (Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, anyone?) and her newest one takes aim at what appears to be a romance that went sour with womanizing rocker John Mayer.
(Five bucks says he took her virginity and quit calling a week later. Call it a hunch…)
In 2009, Mayer and Swift became fast friends when they collaborated on “Half of My Heart,” a track from the musician’s last album, Battle Studies. Around that time, whispers began surfacing romantically-linking the then-teenage sweetheart and the thirtysomething rocker, who has dated every actress from Jennifer Love-Hewitt to Jessica Simpson. Both camps refused to comment on the reports. However, with just one week left until the release of Swift’s eagerly-anticipated third album, Speak Now (dropping Oct. 25), a new song arrives that seems to substantiate the fling rumors.
Swift lits into a former flame on a track called “Dear John,” which has prompted speculation she has finally opened up about her romance with Mayer, 32. The song’s lyrics reference an age-gap and a family feud.
In the song’s chorus, Swift reportedly sings: “Dear John/ I see it all now that you’re gone/ Don’t you think I was too young/ To be messed with/ The girl in the dress/ Cried the whole way home/ I should’ve known.”
She later adds: “It was wrong/ Don’t you think nineteen’s too young/ To be played/ By your dark, twisted games/ When I loved you so… My mother accused me of losing my mind/ But I swore I was fine… You’ll add my name to your long list of traitors who don’t understand/ And I’ll look back in regret I ignored what they said/ ‘Run as fast as you can.’”
Taylor herself tells Yahoo! Music blogger Chris Willman that interpreting her straightforward lyrics is relatively easy, further fueling speculation that it is Mayer who Swift blasts between the lines of “Dear John.”
“They’re all made very clear,” Swift says of her songs. “Every single song is like a roadmap to what that relationship stood for, with little markers that maybe everyone won’t know, but there are things that were little nuances of the relationship, little hints. And every single song is like that. Everyone will know, so I don’t really have to send out emails on this one.”