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Sunday 18 March 2018

Dear John. That is enough for me to read

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

John Masterson

I am usually fascinated by the story behind a song. I enjoy listening to a songwriter introduce a song and give the background to how it was written. Sometimes it gives the song a bit more meaning. It definitely changes the way I listen.

Then there are times when we would be better not to know, and it might even have been better if the song was left in the drawer. I still find it hard to listen to John Lennon snarling at Paul after the breakup.

There is a real venom in lines like "How do You Sleep?" and it is not pleasant to hear. Paul was gentler in Too Many People where he says "you took your lucky break and broke it in two". George had a few goes, also, in Wah-Wah and even Ringo, not well known for his talent in this area, got in on the act with Back Off Boogaloo. And back before she was quite the superstar she is today, Taylor Swift's ex was the subject of the very public Dear John song.

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