All the times John Mayer won our hearts with his lyrics

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By Su Fen Tan

All the times John Mayer won our hearts with his lyrics

So John Mayer might not have the best reputation when it comes to love, but there is no denying the man’s immense talent for songwriting, even when it comes to songs about the matters of the heart. He most certainly has a knack of turning tracks into musical works of art—powerful, poetic lyrics, impressive guitar skills and all. 


In honour of John Mayer’s 40th birthday today—below, find our favourite lyrics from the bluesy crooner, including a playlist at the end of the list for your easy listening:


‘Something’s Missing, from Heavier Things (2003)

When autumn comes, it doesn’t ask
It just walks in, where it left you last
And you never know, when it starts
Until there’s fog inside the glass around your summer heart


‘Belief’, from Continuum (2006)

Belief is a beautiful armour
But makes for the heaviest sword


‘The Heart of Life’, from Continuum (2006)

Pain throws your heart to the ground
Love turns the whole thing around
No it won’t all go the way it should
But I know the heart of life is good


‘Stop This Train’, from Continuum (2006)

So scared of getting older
I’m only good at being young
So I play the numbers gameto find a way to say that life has just begun


‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’, from Continuum (2006)

It’s not a silly little moment
It’s not the storm before the calm
This is the deep and dying breath of
This love that we’ve been working on


‘Assassin’, from Battle Studies (2009)

I was a killer, was the best they’d ever seen
I’d steal your heart before you ever heard a thing
I’m an assassin and I had a job to do
Little did I know that girl was an assassin too


‘Edge of Desire’, from Battle Studies (2009)

I want you so bad I’ll go back on the things I believe
There I just said it, I’m scared you’ll forget about me


‘A Face to Call Home’, from Born and Raised (2012)

You know my paper heart
The one I filled with pencil marks
I think I might’ve gone and inked you in


‘The Age of Worry’, from Born and Raised (2012)

Dream your dreams but don’t pretend
Be friends with what you are
Give your heart then change your mind
You’re allowed to do it

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