We get where Taylor Swift is coming from. She’s young, she’s got emotions and the only way to help her heal is by writing songs. That diary of her has been bursting with the angst that simply needs to be expressed in an easy going pop country melody – or two albums worth. Forgive us if we thought the young singer-songwriter lived in a fairytale (it’s only been her motif since she was 16), but apparently she’s not done pointing fingers. All the Taylor/Miley/Selena super-fans (aka all you tweens) better start gossiping because she left Joe Jonas off easy compared to what she’s done to John Mayer on her new album, Speak Now.
Yeah, we know what you’re thinking. John Mayer, the older, douchebag who puts his foot in his mouth way too many times? That is exactly who we are talking about and actually who Swift talks about in her song titled, “Dear John,” on her upcoming album. There had been rumors of the two hanging out a while back but now we have confirmation something beyond music may have went down between the two musicians because Swift, who is seen as nothing but the young innocent girl who strums on the guitar tells only the truth. Correct?
Considering the fact that her songwriting arches could grow a bit more and her lyrics are still as literal as they can get, Mayer gets slammed pretty bad in “Dear John.” Swift does mention ex-beau Taylor Lautner in a song but since the two parted ways on good terms, Lautner probably won’t mind an ode to their time together. Mayer, on the other hand, is the only one that receives a title with his name in it and is forced to swallow the reprimanding – an activity Swift has recently made her expertise.
According to Yahoo’s Our Country music blog, hurtful, woe-is-me type of lyrics somehow turn into condescension again here:
“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 [...] 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’.”
Once again, we want to emphasize that there is absolutely nothing wrong with writing about what you know, but the girl needs to learn how to use some metaphors pretty soon. Can we really expect her to become a popular 30 year old who still pulls lyrics out of her diary covered with hearts on one side and splattered with broken hearts on the other in the future?
What do you think of Swift dissing John Mayer on her new album?