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"Dear John" by Taylor Swift

"Dear John" by Taylor Swift

  • Backstory: Taylor Swift and John Mayer collaborated in 2010, and it didn't take long for subsequent romance rumors and split stories to gain attention. Later that year, Swift seemed to address the demise of their relationship in "Dear John," a track on Speak Now. "My mother accused me of losing my mind, but I swore I was fine," Swift sings in the track. Over 4.2 million people bought the album, a figure that can't be lost upon Mayer. 
  • Evidence: The song title says it all, and even Mayer is convinced the song is about him. During a chat with Rolling Stone in 2012, Mayer described how he was "really humiliated" by the cut. "It made me feel terrible," he said. "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." Perhaps Mayer is alluding to her most damning lyric in the song: "Don't you think I was too young to be messed with?" Indeed, Swift was 20 and Mayer was 33 when the song was released.
  • Verdict: Given Swift and Mayer's reputations, we're ruling that, yes, this song is about Mayer. 

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