Taylor Swift’s song Dear John may not be as angsty as Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know,” but it’s still a pretty good songs about a breakup. John Mayer, the subject of Swift’s song, said that he was humiliated by the song and didn’t feel like he deserved it.
“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.”
Swift sings in the song: “You paint me a blue sky / And go back and turn it to rain / And I lived in your chess game / But you changed the rules everyday / Wonderin’ which version of you I might get on the phone, tonight / Well I stopped pickin’ up and this song is to let you know why…. 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?”
According to Rolling Stone, Mayer was oblivious to Swift’s heartbreak and was shocked when he heard the song. Mayer said that the song was also released at a bad time in his life. After a series of bad interviews, Mayer decided to take a public hiatus. Swift’s song was released shortly after Mayer took himself out of the spotlight.
“I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call…. 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?”
The singer, who is releasing his first album in three years, said that Swift may have abuse her power as a popular musician. Mayer said:
“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.”
Here’s Taylor Swift’s “Dear John.”