14 August 2007

John Mayer

I recently rediscovered John Mayer. I found his sophomore album 'Heavier Things' on sale in Target and bought it like two weeks ago and I must confess that it bumped 'Lost Highway' (the new Nashville inspired effort from Bon Jovi) from its position as most played recently acquired cd. By the way for all you Bon Jovi fans out there, this is no Dolly Parton album, yeah its a bit more 'stringy' with more pronounced fiddle, banjo, mandolin etc parts but thats it. Jon's tenor is still rich and slightly rough and the bands sound is essentially the same. Go get it if you haven't already.

Back to Mr Mayer, my favorite on 'Heavier Things' is 'Home Life' followed by 'Something's Missing', 'Split Screen Sadness', Clarity', 'Bigger Than My Body', 'New Deep', 'Come Back To Bed', 'Only Heart', 'Wheel' and 'Daughters'. I like the lyrics for 'Home Life' (see lyrics below) although it was his Sting sounding vocals on that particular track that initially caught my attention.

Think I'm gonna stay home

Have myself a home life
Sitting in the slow-mo
And listening to the daylight
I am not a nomad
I am not a rocket man
I was born a housecat
By the slight of my mother's hand

I think I'm gonna stay home

I want to live in the center of a circle
I want to live on the side of a square
I used to be in my M-Z now
You'll never find me cause my name isn't there

Home life
Been holding out for the home life
My whole life

I want to see the end game
I want to learn her last name
Finish on a Friday
And sit in traffic on the highway
See, I refuse to believe
That my life's gonna be
Just some string of incompletes
Never to lead me to anything remotely close to a

Home life
Been holding out for the home life
My whole life

I can tell you this much
I will marry just once
And if it doesn't work
Giver her half of my stuff
It's fine with me
We said eternity
And I will go to my grave
With just the life that I gave
Not just some melody line
On a radio wave
It dissipates
And soon evaporates
But home live doesn't change

I want to live in the center of a circle
I want to live on the side of a square
I'd love to walk to where we both can talk but
I've got to leave you cause my ride is here

Home life
You keep the home life
You take the home life
I'll come back for the home life
I promise

4 comments:

Tony said...

I want to live in the center of a circle,
I want to live on the side of a square,

funny funny, add these lines:
I want to live on the apex of a triangle,
I want to live on the long side of an oblong,
etc etc... hee hee

JJ said...

I love me some john mayer!!! His most recent album Continuum is off the hizzy!
Plus he's not bad looking at all!

SOLOMONSYDELLE said...

I keep hearing his song 'waiting for the world to change' when I am out running in the mornings.

I think it speaks to the overwhelmed feeling of most people in the world today and some of the lyrics are practically prophetic if you ask me. I hope to get his albums some day. He seems to have proven to me that they are worth acquiring. I tend to not buy albums anymore unless they are spectacular.

Something tells me his are spectacular....

adefunke said...

He is, when you do buy his albums, get 'Heavier Things' the music is good, the lyrics wonderful and to think he was like 23-24 when he put this album together makes it even more precious.