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Taylor Swift Revealed As Co-Writer Of Little Big Town's 'Better Man'

Taylor's latest songwriting effort appears to take a couple of digs at her ex.

02/11/2016 11:59

Calvin Harris’s ears might well be burning, as Taylor Swift’s first songwriting effort since their split has now surfaced.

Throughout her career, Taylor has been renowned for her personal lyrics, which often include references to her break-ups, whether it’s a falling-out between friends or a more romantic split.

She has now been unveiled as the silent co-writer of country group Little Big Town’s new track ‘Better Man’, and we don’t think Calvin is going to be a big fan when he hears some of these lyrics.

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Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris

The song see the protagonist reflecting on a relationship that has ended, and opens with the line: “I know I’m probably better off alone than with a man who didn’t know what he had when he had it.”

Later in the song, the lyrics reference “jealousy” and “permanent damage”, before going on to describe “a man who could change his man at any given minute”.

Things then take an angry turn, as the singer recalls: “I’m hanging on every careless word hoping it might turn sweet again like it was in the beginning.”

Listen to ‘Better Man’ below:

Lead singer Karen Fairchild said of the collaboration with Taylor: “[She] sent us this song and it was one that was very special to her. She said, ‘That’s the greatest honor as a songwriter that you could ever give me is that you don’t want anyone to know I wrote it’.

“We knew we would tell eventually, and it was a hard question to dodge for a while.”

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Little Big Town, whose song we're actually talking about

Taylor was previously a secret co-writer on Rihanna and Calvin Harris’s collaboration ‘This Is What You Came For’.

Her break-up from Calvin was initially reported to be an amicable one, though things took a slightly less friendly turn after it emerged she was the co-writer, when he accused her of trying to “bury” him by making him look bad in the press, suggesting she’d done the same to others in the past, including Katy Perry.

She later got together with ‘The Night Manager’ actor Tom Hiddleston, though they too have since split.

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