John Mayer explained to the Daily Mail December 21, 2007 that this song about getting older touched on a time when he suffered from a 'quarter-life crisis' in 2001: "My 20s were so great I could have rented them out. But, at 27, I crashed. Now, at 30, I'm more settled."
Jk from LondonI want this played at my funeral. It’s my favourite and it gets me every time.
Jake Grissom from Los Angeles, CaThis song is about getting older and learning lessons. John has learned the most valuable lesson of all; the fact that you can't turn back the hands of time.
Sam from Lincoln, NeNot only does Mayer express his sense of seeming despair because he's getting older faster than he wants to, he realizes that other people have that same feeling ("had a talk with my old man...said help me understand...he said turn 68; you'll renegotiate"), and that there's nothing we can do to turn the clock back ("'cause now I see I'll never stop this train"). This one gets me teary eyed every time.
Kay from Costa Mesa, CaPersonally, it's as if John saw the hearts of people and read their confused and inquiring thoughts. Lyrics flowed at. When explaining life, love and unexplained sorrow, this song sums it up.
"Sloop John B" is a traditional West Indian folk song, and it was a huge hit for The Beach Boys in 1966. They tweaked the lyric, "This is the worst trip since I've been born" to "...I've ever been on" as a wink to acid culture.
"The Night Chicago Died" was written and recorded by the British group Paper Lace. They talk about Al Capone in the song, but got a lot of details wrong - understandable since they wrote it based on gangster movies.