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Taylor Swift set out to take on the haters in life for her upcoming album Speak Now. ‘Mean,’ has the lyrics ‘Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things/ Drunken grumblings about how I can’t sing / But all you are is mean/ And a liar/ And pathetic.’

‘Dear John,’ is reportedly about John Mayer: ‘Dear John/ I see it all now that you’re gone/ 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/It was wrong/ Don’t you think nineteen’s too young/ To be played/ By your dark, twisted games’

Camilla Belle was her alleged target for the track ‘Better than Revenge.’ The tack talks about a girl who stole an ex-boyfriend.

In RETALIATION we are posting seven songs that are about other people – in a positive light.

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Coldplay’s lead singer Chris Martin is married to Gwyneth Paltrow and in 2002, around the time this song was written, Paltrow’s father had passed away.

In USA Today, Martin did say where the song started: ‘My father-in-law Bruce Paltrow bought this big keyboard just before he died. No one had ever plugged it in. I plugged it in, and there was this incredible sound I’d never heard before. All these songs poured out from this one sound. Something has to inspire you, and something else takes over. It’s very cloudy.’

The lyrics are directed towards another person going through grief, i.e. Paltrow.

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

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Unfortunately, this couple has recently separated but at the time Christina Aguilera’s song ‘Aint No Other Man’ was about her music executive husband Jordan Bratman. The singer has admitted the song is about her husband and the lyrics straight-forward with her feelings (physical and emotional.)

Don’t know what you did boy but
You had it and I’ve been hooked ever since.
I told my mother, my brother, my sister and my friend
I told the others, my lovers, both past and present tense.
Everytime I see you everything starts making sense.

Ain’t no other man, can stand up next to you
Ain’t no other man on the planet does what you do

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