Taylor Swift’s ‘Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve’ Is About John Mayer – Hollywood Life


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Taylor Swift’s new song “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve” is about a relationship she had at age 19, and eagle-eyed fans were quick to remember that she quietly dated John Mayer at that time. On the 2010 track about John, aptly titled “Dear John,” Taylor sang, “Don’t you think 19 is too young,” and this new song calls back to that. “I probably never would have danced with the devil at 19,” Taylor sings on “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve.”

The song is entirely about regretting a relationship that once was, and there are several clues that it could be about John. “If I washed some paint, did it splash on a promising grown man? And if I was a child, did it matter if you had to wash your hands?” she sings in the first verse, referring to the pair’s age difference. Throughout the song, Taylor makes it clear that this relationship has changed her, and not in a good way. In the bridge she continues: “I miss who I was, the grave won’t close, stained glass windows in my mind, I regret you all the time.”

However, the biggest blow comes just before she sings the chorus for the last time. “Give me back my girl, it was mine first,” Taylor sings, which could be a reference to how far things got between her and John when she was just a teenager. Immediately after the song dropped, fans started commenting on Twitter about how John should be the subject, praising Taylor for finally writing another scathing song about him.

“Should, could, should” were part of the 03:00 edition of Midnight, which Taylor released three hours after the original album on October 21. The original version included 13 songs, which was followed up with seven more just at 3:00 in the morning. “I think about Midnight as a complete concept album, with those 13 songs forming a complete picture of the intensities of that mysterious, crazy hour,” she wrote on Instagram. “But! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magic 13. I call them 3am tracks. Lately, I’ve been loving the feeling of sharing more of our creative process with you, like we do with From The Vault tracks. So it’s 03:00 and I’m giving them to you now.”


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