The song alludes at least in part to Swift's subpar performance of Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon
" with Stevie Nicks at the 2010 Grammy Awards. A number of pundits laid into her, saying she was badly off-key and couldn't sing, but the specific review that got her blood boiling came from Bob Lefsetz, who wrote in his Lefsetz Letter
: "Did Taylor Swift kill her career overnight? I'll argue she did. In one fell swoop, Taylor Swift consigned herself to the dustbin of teen phenoms... Taylor's too young and dumb to understand the mistake she made."
Faced with such stinging words, you can understand why towards the end of this song, Taylor sings:And I can see you year from now in a bar talking over a football game
With that same big loud opinion, but no one's listening
Washed up and ranting about the same old bitter things
Drunk and talking all about how I... can't... sing