Is Taylor Swift’s song “I Knew You Were Trouble” about John Mayer?

Taylor Swift debuted her newest song yesterday on Good Morning America. Actually, she just released a 32-second snippet of the song, which is plenty. The song is “I Knew You Were Trouble”. It is yet another song about heartbreak and how a dude dicked her over. But… who is it about? Her first single off of this new album (Red) was “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and most people feel pretty confident that it was about Jake Gyllenhaal. But this one…? It seems to come from a different place. A dirtier place. Swifty said on GMA, “It’s a song that’s one of my favorites on the album because it sounds just as chaotic as the feeling was when I wrote it. It’s a song about being frustrated with yourself because here you are heartbroken and you knew, when you first saw that person, you saw all these red flags, and you just went for it anyways. So, shame on me.” Here’s the snippet!

The emotion behind it… it’s about Swifty getting literally screwed over. Which one of her exes has the raw sexual power and pure, unadulterated douchiness to do that to a girl? Cough John Mayer Cough.

As a matter of fact, Swifty even drops a “John” reference in the lyrics, which Hollywood Life so helpfully supplied in total. Here are the lyrics: UPDATE: Ah, those are lyrics to a Dixie Chicks song? Sorry about that. I still say Swifty’s song is about John Mayer, though.

Yeah. It’s about Mayer. Case closed! Note to all ladies thinking about banging John Mayer: just don’t. I’m not saying it will end up like this mess, but I am saying it will end up a mess in some way. He IS a mess. As for Swifty… damn, Mayer really screwed her up, didn’t he? I kind of wonder if she lost her virginity to him, you know? Is that off-limits to discuss? Girl is writing songs about these boys, we should be able to discuss it!

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  1. brin says:

    Not sure but if she has one called “Rockin the Cradle” it’s about her latest obsession.

  2. Step says:

    Those are lyrics to a Dixie chicks song. I think it was called There’s Your Trouble.

  3. Miss Bennett says:

    Dear Miss Swift. Please stop behaving like a fourteen year old girl. You are very tiresome. Thank you.

  4. Charlotte says:

    I do not get the appeal of John Mayer at all.

    Taylor Swift is attractive if I take off my glasses and stand far away and cannot feel the crazy seeping into my soul. She still looks like a ‘Real Girl’, though.

  5. Annie says:

    Is it just me? I have a hard time seeing her as a sexual being. Like, I can’t even imagine her having sex. Let alone with John Mayer. That relationship she has right now is right at her maturity level. And maybe people mock, it IS a bit ridiculous, but that’s her level. What else can she do? Older guys will run circles around her. Jake, John, erc. Best to date a younger guy when you’re this immature. Or maybe she’s just innocent. People in the business don’t have normal lives.

  6. Bethany says:

    Yes, this is a cover of a Dixie Chicks song that came out in the late 1990s, she didn’t write it about John Mayer (or anyone else).

  7. dorothy says:

    I’m ready for her to exit the stage.

  8. Blondey says:

    This is definitely a Dixie Chicks song!!!

  9. hayley says:

    yesterday someone tweeted that one of this psycho’s exes should write a song called “maybe it was your fault”. I like that idea.

  10. Abby says:

    Definitely a Dixie Chicks song. Man now I miss them!

    John Mayer is SO gross. just… ick.

  11. Megan says:

    The Dixie Chicks lyrics are only vaguely similar to what Taylor is singing…. I think Hollywood Life needs a new fact checker…

  12. alison8701 says:

    haha I also saw and loved that someone wrote an ex should write a song called “Maybe You’re The Problem”.

  13. LadyLupton says:

    Her songwriting is dire. It’s like poetry a 15-year-old would write.

  14. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I think it safe to say this album is in no way country…atleast she is receiving help from co-writers for this one. Maybe it will be decent? Im prob the only one on here looking forward to the release in a couple of weeks lol

  15. Dree says:

    Yeah, the lyrics are to an old Dixie Chicks song, There’s Your Trouble, as some other commenters mentioned. The Dixie Chicks lyrics aren’t the same as what Taylor is singing in that clip. I’m looking forward to hearing the whole song.

  16. T.C. says:

    A second song about John Mayer? Now you are just stroking his ego darling. You need to find a new shtick besides singing about your ex-boyfriends.

  17. poppy says:

    the song will always be about john if it mentions an oozing sore/infectious disease.

  18. SunKist says:

    I don’t understand why its a bad thing to write about her relationship experiences. I thought thats what most musicians do…..

    its just that Taylor Swift’s relationships are public that you have an issue with it?

    I liked a lot of Taylor Swift’s earlier music because like it or not, she writes about the way a girl feels in certain situations when you are 14-21.

    I remember playing “White horse” on repeat during a break up 3 years ago and im not ashamed.

    • MerryHappy says:

      Me too. I’m not ashamed either. I usually just don’t comment on Taylor posts, because everyone is going to say she’s a child molester and I’m busy rolling my eyes so hard, i swear I’ll give myself an astigmatism. In my personal life, my boyfriend is 32, I’m 24. My boyfriend isn’t a pedophile. We are a match for each other on a lot of levels and our personalities are dynamic and also synch together. I realize the Kennedy is still in school, as a female that’s probably where I’d check out and cut my losses, but she’s not a cut your losses type of girl, she’s a ‘ride it till it catches on fire and then wonder if you should be jumping’ type of girl. I’m fairly certain she has no relationship survival instincts– I’ve been that way in a relationship, not all of them, but i think most of us have. I said it below, i like her.

    • flutters says:

      I think the issue is the way Taylor’s turned her songs into blind items while pretending like she isn’t feeding the gossip mill, and the idea that some of those relationship songs are about fake relationships. She learned through the Joe Jonas situation when her 2nd album Fearless came out that writing songs about famous exes and crushes could get her a whole lot of attention and so her 3rd album was all about that. Back To December was full of Taylor Lautner references and I hope there aren’t many people left who think that was a real relationship. At first the whole thing she did with hints in the lyrics booklet was cute but now, it’s part of the whole blind item thing she’s got going on with her songs.

      Adele may’ve written a whole album about a breakup but the vast majority of people neither know nor care who that album is about. That’s how you do it (and Adele sells way more albums than Taylor does too, though the maturity of her lyrics and the fact that she can sing probably help).

      • MerryHappy says:

        I agree to an extent she puts references in the songs, i wouldn’t call them hints. I hardly think she’s wringing her little hands hoping we’re guessing. Its because the men she dates are famous, its easy to guess. And i also think its more the public/consumers that turn it into blind items, we want to guess who its about, because we know who the suspects are and humans are inquisitive in nature. I don’t like to know or guess, but i will admit i googled who the revenge song was about because it gave me the sickest sense of glee. I think its us more than her.

      • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

        @ MerryHappy – thank you

  19. MerryHappy says:

    I’m going to say it:
    I. Like. Her.
    She knows what her shtick is. She writes love songs gone wrong. Like she’s going to be writing about going to the clubs or sex? Come on. Look at her! I also love her style.
    And I like bangs, too! I myself have bangs!
    Am i an affront to the very core of cebitchy principles? Nope, because we’re allowed to disagree, and that’s why this stays my #1 gossip blog. Our comments are always more dynamic and we can have actually disagreements without crudenes and too many argumentative fallacies.

  20. HotPockets says:

    I can’t stand this girl. I know a lot of people defend her because she is a better role model then a lot of the other pop stars, but I still would’t want my, young, impressionable daughters to idolize her. She only sings about her emotions from her relationships not working out, when let’s face it, she was either bearding or it was simply just a hook up and she didn’t get the memo. Her lyrics are ridiculous. I mean, this girl is what, 22 years old? She’s dated Joe Jonas, Jake G., John Mayer and now the Kennedy boy? Can we eliminate Jake and John and not call those actual relationships, just because your screwing around with someone doesn’t make them an ex or mean you dated.

    Taylor, it’s not them, it’s you.

  21. Jules says:

    I’d still bang John Mayer, and not give a rat’s ass about what happened next.

  22. Liberty says:

    Oh how I wish the many Clooney Girls would get together and hire Taylor to write a song about him. A verse per girl? It could be her masterwork. And the video would be amazing. Costume and wig changes? Cameos? Stacy with his head in a warning knee-lock, the waitress tossing a tray of drinks, the British one mowing him down fox-hunt style, Elisabetta throwing some crazy around Lake Como…please please please.

  23. TheOneAndOnlyOnly says:

    T.C. don’t insult 15 yr.olds her songwriting which is done with others mind you, is on the 10 yr. old level. I agree hotpockets she isn’t a role model for ANYONE. Whiny, calculated, manufactured, contrived staged – is there anything authentic about her?
    The only good thing is her talent and “creativity” is so limited that even 12 yr. olds will eventually tire of this gosh gee willicker schtick and she and her drivel will end up in the remainder bin at Wally World.
    BTW, what’s with John Mayer’s outfit – auditioning for a role in THE Hobbit?

    • HotPockets says:

      I don’t blame these dudes for not wanting to continue dating her, there is something emotionally wrong and stunted going on in her head. Plus, she is so young and inexperienced, not to mention the fact she really has not had an actual, long term relationship, so her break up anthems lack any real sincerity behind them.

      I don’t think her gimmick is cute and it’s not going to work for her 5 years down the road. I don’t think Swifty is a role model, it’s fine to enjoy her music, but why adore a girl who obsesses over any man who looks her way and then writes childish lyrics to profit off of it? That’s admirable?

  24. j.eyre says:

    Did Taylor go to the “Halle Berry School for Despising the Man Once You Break Up?”

    • Sam says:

      My theory is she is sorta like Melissa Ethridge in that she cannot be “happy” and be a “successful musician” in her eyes. I think she picks situations where she KNOWS she is destined to fail to keep the material flowing. Jake? Mayer? This new Kennedy? It will be interesting to see if she is ever able to keep a lasting relationship.

      • Chelley says:

        I think you’re right because if you think about her relationship with Taylor Lautner, she was the one who broke up with him and she wrote a song about how she was the one that ruined the relationship. So whether she caused a failed relationship or the man she was with caused the failed relationship, it has to happen so she can write about it.

  25. A says:

    Remember how her team tried to hush up that she had dated John Mayer before she wrote that song? I wouldn’t be surprised if she did lose her virginity to him, because it’s strange that they went to all that trouble and then she came out with the song…Like something fairly serious went on with them…I doubt she fooled around with Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, or Jakey G.

  26. j. says:

    I think everything that has been released so far from the new album is about JG (and Begin Again comparing JG to Conor?).

    She mentions “flew me to places that I’ve never been” which made me think about this:

  27. the original bellaluna says:

    I’ve swiftly gone from “she’s mildly annoying” and ignoring her to “she’s a total asshole.”

    (See what I did there?) ;)

  28. Eleonor says:

    This song is nearly the same of the other one: we’re not getting back ectc.etc.
    I don’t get why this girl is supposed to be a country singer.