As Taylor Swift recently announced, “Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” will be released on July 7th, a re-recording of the 2010 album “Speak Now”. For the past couple of years, Taylor has re-recorded some of her early albums, as the masters of the originals are owned by her former record label and thus her former manager Scooter Braun.
Despite the fact that Taylor Swift never confirms who each of her songs is dedicated to and asks her fans to better imagine that she is talking about the personal stories of each of her followers, there are several clues that indicate which of her ex-partners could have thought when writing each of his hits.
“Dear John” is perhaps one of Taylor Swift’s songs that is most easily recognized to whom it is dedicated. The song is inspired by the relationship that Taylor Swift had with the also singer John Mayer in 2010. In the song, Swift recounts how toxic her relationship with Mayer was and the huge age gap between them.
Back To December
Taylor Lautner is perhaps one of the ex-partners of Taylor Swift most loved by the fandom, (next to Joe Alwyn). In “Back To December” Taylor apologizes to Taylor Lautner for not having valued him during her relationship.
The lines “I miss your tan skin, your sweet smile” (“I miss your tanned skin, your sweet smile”) perfectly describe Lautner. Also, in another part of the song he says “And how you held me in your arms that September night, the first time you ever saw me cry” (“And how you held me in your arms that September night, the first time you ever saw me cry” Did you see crying”), referencing the incident at the VMAs where Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech.
In “Enchanted”, Taylor tells the story of how she met a man and fell in love at first sight, wanting to be reciprocated. The song is inspired by Adam Young from the Owl City group. Although, as usual, Taylor never confirmed or denied anything, Adam Young himself released his version of “Enchanted” saying that Taylor’s crush was reciprocated. However, the romance between them never came to fruition.
After having dedicated some songs to Joe Jonas on the “Fearless” album, Taylor Swift still had a lot to say to that ex-boyfriend who broke up with her in a phone call. The whole “Speak Now” album itself was about making different confessions that she had never been able to make.
“Las Kiss” is one of the most melancholy breakup songs in Taylor’s entire discography, and it also has one of the favorite bridges for fans. “And I feel you forget me the way I used to feel your breath,” Taylor sings in the most emotional part of the song.
One of the clues that “Last Kiss” is about Joe Jonas is that the intro lasts 27 seconds, the same number of seconds Taylor says it took Joe to end their relationship over the phone.
Better Than Revenge
Without a doubt “Better Than Revenge” is one of the most controversial and most cancelable songs in the entire Taylor Swift discography. The song has been criticized as macho, for being dedicated to the woman who “stole her boyfriend”, and slut-shaming her (instead of blaming her own ex-partner).
It is rumored that “Better Than Revenge” is dedicated to Camilla Belle, who was a partner of Joe Jonas after he ended his relationship with Taylor Swift. One of the most controversial lines is when she sings “She’s not a saint, she’s not what you think, she’s an actress. She’s best known for the things she does on the mattress.”
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