Have It All

Album: Know (2018)
Charted: 90
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Songfacts®:

  • Co-written by Jason Mraz with David Hodges, Jacob Kasher, and Andrew Wells, this song draws inspiration from a religious encounter that the singer had in Southeast Asia.

    May you have auspiciousness and causes of success

    Mraz explained to Genius: "This lyric is the origin of the song. It was bestowed to me by a Buddhist monk while visiting Myanmar back in 2012. The monk bowed and said 'Tashi delek' which can be translated to mean 'may you have auspiciousness and causes of success.' Inspired by this gracious message I took to my journal and expounded on the idea with the following lines and verses."
  • Mraz said in a press release: "'Have It All' stood out as a song with a hopeful message to help me heal and move forward; a song with a message of generosity – the antithesis of despondency; a song bestowed to me by translating a message from a monk. It's a blessing disguised as a rap song and it's meant to be paid-forward and shared."
  • A video was shot for the song with performing arts students from Mraz's hometown of Richmond. A documentary film was later released detailing the creative process behind the song and its visual.

    "It's a movie about one song, but also how that one song reflects almost every song of my career," Mraz told ET. "And also how that one song's music video was made through a collaborative experience with two nonprofits in Richmond, Virginia, which is my hometown. It's honestly less about me and more about shining a light on tomorrow's artists."

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