Taylor Swift has never shied away from calling out her exes in song—sometimes by name, even if she’d later play coy about it—because that’s what great songwriters do, they take their life experiences and channel it into their music, even if it hurts them a little to get so personal. Of course, there’s nothing that says theyhave to take explicit joy in putting their exes on blast, but hey, that’s just the kind of personal investment Taylor puts into her music, and we love her for that.
Such schadenfreude was demonstrated by T-Swizzle in her recent profile in USA Today, in which she talked about her Red lead single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” and the nogoodnik who inspired it:
[He] made me feel like I wasn’t as good or as relevant as these hipster bands he listened to…so I made a song that I knew would absolutely drive him crazy when he heard it on the radio. Not only would it hopefully be played a lot, so that he’d have to hear it, but it’s the opposite of the kind of music that he was trying to make me feel inferior to.”
Considering “Never” was a multi-week chart topper and just about the poppiest thing ever written, check and check on those two action items. But why go through such efforts to torture her one-time hipster beloved?
Because that’s fun.
Hard to argue with that. But like the guy from Ready for the World always says, Taylor, what’s good for the goose is always good for the gander, so you better watch out—one of these guys might drop a ubiquitous pop song with your name in it some day.