Do you ever wonder what it’s like to date Taylor Swift? It’s got to be terrible, because you know all the time she’s just itching to break up with you so she can go off and write a song about it. It must be a little like being in an abusive relationship where you walk around on eggshells, afraid to say the wrong thing, or look at her the wrong way, or part your hair on the wrong side, and she’ll scream, “That’s it! We’re through!” and grab her guitar and head to the recording studio.
Swift has written a bunch of break up songs, and she’s only 22. At this rate, there won’t be any men left by the time she hits 30. So far, she’s written about Joe Jonas in “Forever and Always” ( I used to fantasize about making out with Joe Jonas, until he turned eighteen, and the thought of it became less exciting) and John Mayer (reportedly) in “Dear John.” The lyrics to “Dear John” are particularly brutal. Let’s take a look.
Dear John, I see it all now it was wrong
Don’t you think nineteen’s too young to be played with?
Your dark twisted games when I loved you so
I should’ve known
You are an expert at sorry and keeping lines blurry
Never impressed by me acing your tests
All the girls that you’ve run dry have tired, lifeless eyes
‘Cause you’ve burn them out
I think she’s looking at you, Jennifer Aniston (one of John Mayer’s exes for those of you who don’t watch TMZ obsessively, like I do).
Now here comes Swift’s new single about a break up, “We Are Never Ever Ever Getting Back Together.” She’s not saying who it’s about, though. You can check it out on YouTube. Not one of her better efforts, IMHO, but you judge for yourself.
I still think the best break up song Swift wrote is “Picture to Burn.”
Ah, that first scene in this video with Swift and a girlfriend sitting in a car, stalking her ex, brings back memories. I actually did something similar (who hasn’t?) when I begged a friend to drive with me over to my ex’s apartment building where we sat in the parking lot and watched the lights go off and on in his apartment for several hours as he (or it could have been his roommate. It was really dark and we were kinda far away) walked from the living room to the kitchen and then back again. Oh, don’t feel sorry for my friend for enduring that evening with me. She once made me go with her to a restaurant and order a dinner I couldn’t afford because she liked a waiter there. At least sitting with me in a parking lot didn’t max out her credit card.
So Taylor Swift has got me thinking about break ups and break up songs, which always go together. When I broke up with my high school boyfriend, Keith, he wrote out the complete lyrics to Guns ‘n’ Roses “November Rain” on a piece of lined notebook paper and slipped it into my locker. I showed it to one of my wise ass friends, who laughed and said “Doesn’t he know it’s May?” which was both literally and metaphorically true.
The ultimate kick ass break up song is, of course, Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know” which I remember blasting from my car stereo right after I got dumped by my first college boyfriend, with tears streaming down my face in such a torrent that I could barely see where I was driving. If he could have known about it, I’m sure Keith would have been thinking it served me right. And of course, as far as break up songs go, nothing compares to Sinead O’Connor’s cover of “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
So what’s your favorite break up song? And were you ever stupid over some girl/guy?
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