Her highly anticipated new album Midnights is officially out everywhere today, and one song in particular has fans drawing connections to Taylor’s previous relationship with fellow artist John Mayer.
From the 3am edition, which dropped a few hours after Midnights and included seven new songs, one called “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” has Swiftie’s ready to rumble with John.
In the lyrics, Taylor scathingly notes that:
“And I damn sure would’ve never danced with the devil At 19, and the God’s honest truth is that the pain was heaven And now that I’m grown, I’m scared of ghosts
Memories feel like weapons And now that I know, I wish you left me wondering”
The pair dated back between 2009 and 2010, when Taylor was just 19 and John was 32.
She previously hinted in a song titled “Dear John,” from her 2010 third studio album Speak Now, that she felt he took advantage of the power imbalance and their large age gap, with her being so young at the time, and it has fans drawing all sorts of comparisons to that track now here.
When you listen to “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve,” I think it’s clear that she still struggles with a lot of those same feelings, and it’s pretty apparent that the relationship had a huge impact on her and how she views love now.
And of course, because Twitter remains undefeated, there’s some great stuff floating around out there about how fans are feeling after hearing this song for the first time:
something tells me john mayer just jumped out of his sleep with a gasp. i know he felt a shift