Taylor Swift’s exes have started to break their silence on the singer-songwriter since her recent breakup with Joe Alwyn. John Mayer, who dated Taylor briefly from November 2009 to February 2010, is revisiting one of his tracks written about her.
Mayer performed his 2013 track “Paper Doll” during a concert over the weekend in Sacramento, California. As seen in a video circulating on social media, John mused as he strummed the opening chords on his guitar, “I wonder if people don’t like it because it sounds a little pissed off.”
“I don’t really like ‘pissed off’ as a song,” he continued, admitting, “I think there’s something about it that’s a little bitchy.” Scrunching up his face after calling his song “bitchy,” the musician continued to reflect on the song. While Mayer tries “not to give bitchiness” in “Paper Doll,” he acknowledged that it “happens sometimes.”
Now starting to come off as sarcastic about it all, Mayer told the crowd, “I guess I don’t do it very well. Sarcastic bitch, but I didn’t really see it. I guess it is sort of a little bit like ‘nyah.'”
“Paper Doll” and “Dear John”
“Paper Doll” was released as the lead single for his sixth studio album Paradise Valley and has long been speculated to be a musical response to Taylor’s 2010 track “Dear John.” Though neither artist has ever publicly revealed the inspiration behind their respective tracks, the lyrics are obviously about each other. The lyrics for “Paper Doll” read: “‘Cause you’re like 22 girls in one. And none of them know what they’re runnin’ from.”
Meanwhile, Taylor’s “Dear John” says, “And you’ll add my name to your long list of traitors who don’t understand. And I’ll look back and regret how I ignored when they said, ‘Run as fast as you can.'” The pair dated when Swift was 19 and Mayer was 32.