Rumors are swirling that John Mayer‘s new single, ‘Paper Doll’ is a cutting response to Taylor Swift‘s 2010 song, ‘Dear John,’ where she sang about the couple’s brief but messy romance. During his appearance on the Today show on Friday (July 5) John was asked about his new release and he didn’t do much to dispel the rumors.
“Yeah, songwriters write songs because of people, about people,” he said. “Anything someone else wrote is their reception of a song. I don’t get involved with [it]. It’s none of my business.” Huh?
One clue that John’s song is about Taylor are the lines, “You’re like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they’re running from/ Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?”
Also the lines, “Here’s a dress of gold and blue/ Sure was fun being good to you,” appear to be answering to Taylor’s song where she she refers to herself as the “the girl in the dress.”
In a 2012 Rolling Stone interview, John was clearly upset over Taylor‘s song. “["Dear John" is] cheap songwriting,” he said. “It’s abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, ‘Wait til he gets a load of this!’ That’s bulls–t . . . It really humiliated me at a time when I’d already been dressed down.”