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John Mayer won't admit that "Paper Doll" is about Taylor Swift

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John Mayer appears on Today

Many fans think John Mayer's "Paper Doll" is about Taylor Swift, but he's not talking.

John Mayer on the Today show

John Mayer might not be afraid of being photographed with his on-again girlfriend, Katy Perry, but don't bother asking him to talk about the meaning of his songs.

The 35-year-old singer gave a cop-out response when NBC's Today co-host Willie Geist asked him about the speculation that his new single, "Paper Doll," is about his ex-flame, Taylor Swift.

"There's been some speculation from the press that it might be about someone," Geist asked, not referring to Swift by name.

Mayer then gave a weird non-answer.

"Yeah, songwriters write songs because of people, about people," Mayer said of the song. "Anything someone else wrote is their reception of a song. I don't get involved with [it]. It's none of my business."

It doesn't matter if the dark-haired singer admits it: We totally know the song is about Swift, thanks to lyrics like "You're like 22 girls in one/ And none of them know what they're running from/ Was it just too far to fall for a little paper doll?"

It's basically a line-by-line response to Swift's 2010 song "Dear John," an ode that she penned about her short-lived relationship with Mayer.

"I'll look back and regret how I ignored when they said run as fast as you can," she wrote.

Mayer later blasted the song in a whiny interview with Rolling Stone in 2012.

"As a songwriter… I think it's kind of cheap songwriting," he told the magazine. "I know she's the biggest thing in the world, and I'm not trying to sink anybody's ship, but I think it's abusing your talent to rub your hands together and go, 'Wait till he gets a load of this!' That's bulls**t."

"It made me feel terrible," he continued. "It was a really lousy thing to do."

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