Mraz explained that this song is "about finally giving into love and life's possibilities." When we spoke with the singer in 2014, he said it came to him very quickly - so fast that he doesn't even remember sitting down to write it. "'I'm Yours' just came out of joy," he said. "It came out of this spirited, joyful hour."
A demo version originally appeared in 2005 on a limited release bonus EP Extra Credit, which Mraz put out to promote his Mr. A-Z album.
Since the release of the 2005 demo version of the track, hundreds of fans have posted versions of themselves covering the track on YouTube. Mraz told Billboard magazine: "I never instigated any of the covers. But I can see why people are drawn to the song, and because it is about generosity, I wanted to share it."
To the best of our knowledge, We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things. is the first Billboard Top 3 album whose title is made up of three sentences.
This was chosen as the album's first single because of the fan response to the song. His third major label album, Mraz originally released the songs on three separate EP's for a limited period of time. The first was titled "We Sing," the second "We Dance," and the third was "We Steal Things."
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
We Sing. We Dance. We Steal Things takes its title from a piece of art by Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley that Mraz saw in Scotland while traveling. The Virginia-born singer-songwriter explained on his record label's website: "What I love about mankind is that yes, we sing and we celebrate and we dance when we're foolish and we steal things. It's hard to have a new idea in music, in fashion, the land we walk on. It's all recycled. I think to say we stole it is a lot more fun." Shrigley, who is best known for his humorous cartoons was asked by Mraz to design the album art.
This hit #1 in its 28th week on the Adult Top 40 chart. It thus broke the record for the longest any song has taken to reach the top position on this list, surpassing the 27 weeks it took Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" to land at #1.
Mraz told The Sun December 19, 2008 that this song is about "generosity. About giving yourself or your time to someone or something else."
This was a #1 song in several European countries including Norway, Sweden and Portugal.
This was the first song to top the Adult Contemporary, Adult Top 40, Mainstream Top 40 and Triple A charts.
In April 2009 this became the 22nd song to spend at least a year on the Hot 100. The previous song to achieve the same feat was Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats," which spent 64 weeks on the chart in 2006-07.
On the chart dated August 29, 2009 this song logged on for its 70th week on the Hot 100, breaking the record for most weeks spent on that chart. The track surpassed LeAnn Rimes "How Do I Live," which had a 69 week run on the survey between June 14, 1997 and Oct. 10, 1998. The song's longevity can be attributed to its saturation on a variety of different radio formats. Mraz told Billboard magazine that initially he had "little expectations" about this song on the radio. He added: "But I was wrong. People just kept getting on board at both ends of the radio dial. I'm still blown away, humbled by the success of my happy little hippie song." The song finally departed the Hot 100 after 76 weeks.
The song's longevity record was broken by the Imagine Dragons,' "Radioactive" which logged its 77th week on the Hot 100 chart dated March 1, 2014.
Regarding the song's multi-genre appeal, Mraz stated to Billboard magazine: "I think it's because it borrows from every one of those formats. Or perhaps the song is genre-less. The first two and a half minutes have so little production you could almost classify it as spoken-word. Yet it's rhythmic and melodic at the same time."
Mraz told Billboard magazine the story of the song: "It was written rather quickly, maybe 15 or 20 minutes. I was at home in my writing room, chugging along on my electric guitar, minding my reggae influences, grateful for another sunny afternoon in San Diego. The melody just appeared out of nowhere while the words flew over my head as my thoughts were focused on surrendering to the moment. That is ultimately what the song is about - giving yourself or your time to someone or something else. I thought it was cool and had a nice bounce, and I began playing it live almost immediately. That was five years ago. After it had lived on the road for a while I decided to put it on a record to give it a home."
Mraz added: "When I finally recorded it, my fans were relieved that we didn't overproduce it. We kept the feel and arrangement true to how we play it live. And what I've noticed, the fans react in a way that shows the song isn't about me. This is a song that people sing to each other, or to themselves. It can be a love song or a personal song of empowerment. Its melody is not unlike a nursery rhyme, and the message is like reading fortune cookie after fortune cookie."
Mraz received song of the year honors for this tune at the 2010 American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' annual Pop Music Awards. The awards recognize the writers and publishers of ASCAP's most performed songs of the year.
In 2009, Mraz re-worked this song as "Outdoors" for his appearance on Sesame Street. In this version, he sings about the wonderful things that happen when you go outside.
"I'm listening to this song and it's really weird. I can't really tell where the chorus is because the whole song is chorus, but for some reason we never finish this song and I just let it go. I got involved in all the other weirder things on the album and, of course, that f---ing song, I let it go. If I had finished that song... But, again, I learned. You learn from your mistakes. And this was a big nugget of gold in the basket that I was just like, 'Nope.' Oh my God."
Jason Mraz admitted in a 2018 interview on the UK TV show Sunday Brunch that he didn't actually take "I'm Yours" that seriously after he wrote it.
"I just thought it was a cute song, a novelty song," he told hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer. "Almost like a kids' song. But I started playing it live, and by 2008 I could tell that it needed to be on an album because audiences were really responding to it."
Elimy from :o, United KingdomI've loved this song for such a long time, It's so special to me, and last year it became even more special to me, I never thought it would be possible but it happened.
I met my boyfriend for the first time after 7 months of dating and during that week I stayed at his Jason Mraz came on the radio, It was so magical to be sitting next to him in a car holding his hand with our song playing, that was the second best moment ever, after meeting him for the first time of course :3
Megan from Stevenson, AlThis song is amazing! I love this song and never get tired of it:) Love the lyrics!
Miles from West Linn, Orhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8G5lEk9nPE
I used to dislike this song and then I saw this. I cried.
Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI hate this song, can't believe it's so freakin' popular.
Howie from Bristol, Ct., CtI heard this song for the first time a few weeks ago on "American Idol". I can't get the tune out of my head. I love this song so much that I learned it, sang it, and played it on my guitar for the seniors at my last senior center gig. They loved it as well!!! You Rock Jason Mraz
Shannon from Hamilton, OhBy "checking my tounge in the mirror", he means to see if he's sick. I'm not really sure where or when this... "wives tale"?, I suppose, started, but supposedly, if your tounge is discolored, it means you are sick. Something along those lines... haha.
Summa from Northeast , OkOh, and the rason it took so long to hit #1 is because it's a song that grows on you for sure. I was sick of it the first couple times I heard it, then I saw the video and was slightly obsessed.
Summa from Northeast , Ok"I've been spendin' way too long checkin' my tongue in the mirror, and bendin over backwards just to try to see it clearer, but my beath fogged up the glass- so I drew a new face & I laughed."
that refers to not taking one's self too seriously, worrying about what will happen or fixating on yourself. The next line explains it:
"I guess what I be sayin is there ain't no better reason to rid yourself of vanities and just go with the seasons."
Nyasia from Baltimore, Mdomg!!! lol i learled this song in like... a day lol
Tayluur from Binghamton, NyThis song is so catchy... I really used to hate it, but once it got stuck in my head... oh man. This song rocks.
Trina from New York, NyWhat does "checking my tongue in the mirror" mean? Is it something about oral cancer?
Duane from Oak Harbor, WaHow can you not sing along with this one? Simple in its music...honest, not overdone in someone's mixing studio. Super clear vocals!
Nishit from Mumbai, --This is one of the happiest songs I've heard in a long while!
Peter from San Francisco, Cai got this song in 1995 at a concert in san fran on burned copies he was releasing
Jessie from Saldotna, AkThis song is one of those songs that make you want to just sing along and it also tell a story about our lives. You get hurt, and then you recover and evrything is coming toghther and eveything makes sence again.
Paige from West Lafayette, Ini love this song, it just makes me feel happy, and makes me think of a special someone...
Cdawg from Philadelpha, Pathis song is so happy and so fun to sing along to. i luv it@
Robert from Los Angeles, Cai heard this song for the first time wehn my girlfriend sent it to me. she said it makes me her think about me. i listened to it, and i liked it, which is weird. i'm more into heavier rock.
Kateri from Albany, Nyi love this song!!!
Cameron from Austin, Txthis is me and my girlfriends song :D
Kyarie from Indianpolis, Inthis is my theme song FOR SURE!!
Alex from Pompton Plains, Njthis song is amazing. all of jason mraz's songs are just right. they always put me in a good mood
Christina from North Bay, OnI'd never heard this song until a few days ago when my best friend told me it was his favourite and that I should listen to it, so I did and I love it now.
Alayna from Somewhere, NjThis song is so mellow. It's like one of my all-time favorites, and it makes me think of a certain someone. :)