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 when she was 19 years old, and eagle-eyed fans were all too quick to remember that she was quietly dating John Mayer in that time. On the 2010 song about John, aptly titled “Dear John,” Taylor sang “Don’t you think 19’s too young,” and this new song evokes that. “I damn sure never would have danced with the devil when I was 19,” Taylor sings on “Would’ve, Could’ve, Should’ve.”

The song is all about regretting a relationship that once was, and there are multiple indications that it could be about John. ‘If I was some paint, would it splash on a promising grown man? And if I was a kid, did it matter if you could wash your hands?” she sings in the first verse, referring to the couple’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 used to be, the grave doesn’t close, stained glass windows in my mind, I always regret you.”

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

“Could, could, should have” was part of the 3 AM edition of midnight, which Taylor released on October 21 three hours after the original album. The original version contained 13 songs, but seven more followed at 3 AM. “I’m thinking about midnight as a complete concept album, with those 13 tracks fully capturing the intensities of that mystifying crazy hour,” she wrote on Instagram. “However! There were other songs we wrote on our journey to find that magical 13. I call them 3am tracks. Lately I’ve been loving sharing more of our creative process with you, as we do with From The Vault tracks. So it’s 3 a.m. and I’m giving them to you now.”

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