John Mayer‘s new single “Paper Doll” was released on Tuesday, and immediately, speculation began that the song was John’s response to Taylor Swift‘s alleged song about him, “Dear John.” Why? Let’s look at the evidence.
First of all, people are pointing to the line in “Paper Doll” where John sings “Here’s a dress of gold and blue/sure was fun being good to you.” This is significant, they say, because in “Dear John,” Taylor referred to herself as “the girl in the dress.”
Next, in the chorus, John sings, “You’re like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they’re running from.” Not only did Taylor release a song called “22” not long ago, but in “Dear John,” she sings, “I’ll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can.”
Finally, in “Paper Doll,” John sings, “And if those angel wings don’t fly/ Someone’s gonna paint you another sky.” People say this is an answer to Taylor’s line in “Dear John” where she sings, “You paint me a blue sky and go back and turn it to rain.”
Of course, all of this is pure guesswork. Taylor herself won’t even admit that “Dear John” is about John, and called him “presumptuous” in Glamour magazine for thinking that it was. Last year, John told Rolling Stone that “Dear John” “humiliated” him.
“It made me feel terrible,” he said at the time. “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.” He added, “It’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait till he gets a load of this!'”
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