I write this not as a burn on Taylor or as a way to put her down. I just find it interesting how a songwriter’s real life comes out in their music — and how some artists are much more open about personal stuff in their songs.
Swift stays in the news, for better or worse. Whether it’s her feud with Kanye, her new music, or — what seems to be most often — her love life. (Why the press is so obsessed with this part of her life, I don’t know).
So, Taylor, don’t take this the wrong way, but this article covers the songs you wrote about some of your boyfriends (seemingly).
Everyone else, try to appreciate Taylor’s honesty.
Joe Jonas — July 2008 to October 2008
Apparently, the couple broke up during a 27-second phone call, and the songs that Taylor wrote from her experiences with Jonas were both harshly honest — with “Last Kiss” and “Forever and Always” — and positive — with “Holy Ground.”
Taylor Lautner — August 2009 to December 2009
John Mayer — December 2009 to February 2010
Everyone knows about “Dear John.” In that song, Taylor opens up and sings, “Don’t you think I was too young to be messed with? The girl in the dress cried the whole way home. I should’ve known.”
Jake Gyllenhaal — October 2010 to January 2011
Taylor told NPR that “The Last Time” is about an “experience I had with someone who was kind of this unreliable guy. You never know when he’s going to leave, you never know when he’s going to come back, but he always does come back.” It’s very likely that when she sang, “Put my name at the top of your list,” she had Jake in mind.
Zac Efron — February 2012 to March 2012
The only Swift song that Zac was involved in was a parody of Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” disregarding any rumors that the two were dating.
Conor Kennedy — July 2012 to October 2012
During an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Taylor said the single “Begin Again” was about “when you’ve gotten through a really bad relationship and you finally dust yourself off.” At that time, she was dating Conor. So when she sang, “I think it’s strange that you think I’m funny ’cause he never did,” was it about him?
Harry Styles — December 2012 to January 2013
After Taylor and the One Direction member apparently had “a thing,” Taylor came out with “I Knew You Were Trouble” about Styles. Right after the two broke up, she tweeted her lyrics: “…’til you put me down.” “Out of the Woods” from her album “1989” is also widely assumed to be about Harry because it references their December romance and a snowmobile accident.