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Revenge is a dish best served through content

In the age of social media and online content, getting the world to know what you think about an ex is as easy as a well-placed tweet or Facebook post. Still, though, it’s nice to know that there are still some people out there prepared to take the traditional route of getting back at someone.

Like writing and recording a multi-platinum album featuring a song that takes a direct swipe at a fellow music superstar for his ungentlemanly behaviour…

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album features a song called Dear John. While Miss Swift has pointedly refused to say who it was written for/about, the Internet’s finger of suspicion has always been pointed fairly and squarely at John Meyer, a man with a track record of dating and deserting some of modern celeb-dom’s most desirable women.

And in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Meyer himself has confirmed that he’s clearly the intended target for the scathing song, telling the mag he felt ‘really humiliated’ by the song: ‘It made me feel terrible. Because I didn’t deserve it. I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.’

Doubtless poor John will get over it when he sees how many copies of his newly released album (which the interview promotes) he’s sold.

And just so you know what all the fuss is about, here’s the song:

Of course, Taylor Swift is hardly alone in taking to music to voice her hurt/frustration/bewilderment at a former partner’s actions. Here’s Carly Simon performing a live version of her classic You’re So Vain (thought to be written about Warren Beatty):

Ah, aren’t those ’80s outfits the best… And to top things off, here’s what happens when a bit of brotherly love turns sour, as John Lennon excoriates Paul McCartney for initiating the legal action that broke up The Beatles in How Do You Sleep?:

If you can think of any other that should go on this mini-list, feel free to let us know about them…

 

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