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Dear John, I see it all now that you're gone.
Don't you think I was too young
To be messed with?
John Mayer was the not-so-subtle subject of Swift's 2010 song. He revealed how upset he was at being the punching bag of her lyrics, and being dragged into the press because of it.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Mayer said, "I never got an e-mail. I never got a phone call." He continued, "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?"
Mayer went on, "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."
Cause baby, now we've got bad blood.
You know it used to be mad love,
So take a look what you've done
Cause baby, now we've got bad blood, hey!
Now we've got problems,
And I don't think we can solve 'em.
You made a really deep cut,
And baby, now we've got bad blood, hey!
Essentially the whole chorus is directed toward fellow pop star Katy Perry. Apparently, Perry stole Swift's backup dancers during her tour, creating an irreparable divide between the two. In September 2014, Perry tweeted, "Beware the Regina George in sheep's clothing."
"Better Than Revenge"
She's not a saint
And she's not what you think.
She's an actress, whoa
She's better known
For the things that she does
On the mattress, whoa.
Swift used to date Joe Jonas (before her best friend Gigi Hadid did as well), and then he started dating actress Camilla Belle. As a result, Swift released the song "Better Than Revenge" basically as...revenge. Swift told The Guardian that the lyrics may have been a bit immature. “I was 18 when I wrote that,” she said. “That’s the age you are when you think someone can actually take your boyfriend. Then you grow up and realize no one take someone from you if they don’t want to leave [sic].”
Following the release of the damning Snapchat video of Swift, Belle was quick to tweet a quote that includes the line, "No need for revenge."
"We Are Never Getting Back Together"
And you would hide away and find your peace of mind
With some indie record that's much cooler than mine.
In addition to including lyrics hinting at her ex who is often out of the spotlight (hiding away, you could say), Swift even featured an actor who looked eerily similar to Jake Gyllenhaal as the male lead in her video.
You, with your words like knives
And swords and weapons that you use against me.
You, have knocked me off my feet again,
Got me feeling like a nothing
You, with your voice like nails
On a chalk board, calling me out when I'm wounded.
You, picking on the weaker man.
In an interview with The Daily Beast in October of 2012, Swift said "I wrote a song called 'Mean' about a critic who hated me."