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Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift: Battle of the 'Ex' Songs!

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It’s not often that Jonas Brothers lyrics require much analysis. But the band’s new tune, “Paranoid,” released May 12, merits a careful listen.

There’s plenty of chatter that the song is about Joe Jonas’s ex, Taylor Swift – and possibly a rebuttal to her song, “Forever & Always,” from her November 2008 album Fearless, said to be about Joe.

“Forever & Always” sample lyrics: “Was I out of line? / Did I say something way too honest? / That made you run and hide like a scared little boy?”

“Paranoid” sample lyrics: “Caught in a nightmare / Can’t wake up/ That’s why my ex is still my ex / I never trust a word she says / I’m running all the background checks / And she’s freaking out.”

Whether people read between the lines or not, they’re catchy tunes.
– Rennie Dyball