John Mayer Pairs ‘Paper Doll’ With Prancercise Clip
New single rumored to be about former girlfriend Taylor Swift
Prancercising is America’s favorite new craze, andÂ John MayerÂ is hopping on the bandwagon in the lyric video for “Paper Doll,” the first single from his upcoming recordÂ Paradise Valley. In the clip prancercise expert Joanna Rohrback demonstrates “a prance to romance to” set to the tune of Mayer’s sweet, subtle heartbreaker, built around a lilting, circuitous guitar lick.
Despite the lightness of the tune (and the supremely goofy lyric video), “Paper Doll” carries a somber weight, and there’s speculation that Mayer wrote it about former girlfriendÂ Taylor SwiftÂ (who supposedly chronicled their relationship in her song “Dear John,” whichÂ Mayer said “humiliated me”). The only ostensible lyrical hints seem to be Mayer’s recurring use of the color red and maybe the line “You’re like 22 girls in one” ”“ though those could be about any ex, or just a breakup in general.
While there’s no release date yet forÂ Paradise Valley, the record’s first single comes just a few weeks afterÂ Mayer announced he was workingÂ on the follow-up to 2012’sÂ Born and Raised. Mayer planned to keep fans up to date on his progress with a series of YouTube clips that offer a behind-the-scenes look at his work in the studio.
Along with the new album, Mayer is set for aÂ massive summer tourÂ that marks his official return to the stage after undergoing two rounds of surgery toÂ repair a granuloma in his throat. Mayer’s trek kicks off July 6th at Summerfest at the Marcus Amphitheater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.