June 6th, 2012
Now that he’s returned to the spotlight after a self-imposed two year hiatus, John Mayer is responding to Taylor Swift’s infamous song about the singer from her 2010 album Speak Now. The couple quietly dated previous to the album release and Swift didn’t hold any punches on her song Dear John, singing “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?”. While Swift has never said outright that the song was about her relationship with Mayer, Taylor has said that the subject matter of her songs is quite apparent. Plus, anyone who has ever heard a Mayer album will recognize his signature guitar riffs being copied in the first eight bars of Swift’s Dear John.
Now Mayer is responding to the track, telling Rolling Stone that he didn’t deserve the harsh criticism in the song’s lyrics, saying “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.”
John also told the mag that he was shocked by the song, saying “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?” When asked about the age difference between the couple being referenced in the line “Don’t you think 19 is too young to be messed with,” Mayer responded saying that he “didn’t want to go into that”.
As a fan of both artists I can definitely say that one thing that’s drawn me both to Mayer and Swift is their honesty and emotional storytelling. Both artists have also shown accountability and regrets over their past behaviour, especially with Swift’s song Back To December and Mayer’s My Stupid Mouth. That being said, as listeners we should also assume that artistic liberties are being taken when it comes to songwriting. I’m sure the truth about the lyrics in Dear John lies somewhere in the middle.Tweet