Friday, September 13, 2013

If you want more love, why don't you say so?

I just recently bought 2 John Mayer albums, 2008's "Continuum" and 2010's "Battle Studies." (The former after reading great reviews on Amazon; the latter after remembering hearing the songs "Heartbreak Warfare" and "All We Ever Do Is Say Goodbye" back in 2010 and liking them a whole lot.)

"Continuum," despite its Amazon kudos, was horrible. Shallow, self-satisfied, generic, bland. In my mind, the musical equivalent of the movie "Beaches."

"Battle Studies," on the other hand, has a real vibe to it. I used to hate the very concept of John Mayer, how he presented himself -- as supposedly "thoughtful yet bold" without being anywhere near either truly "thoughtful" or "bold"... "Continuum" is, to me, the very epitome of why the general public thinks he sucks. With "Battle Studies," though, there's a real musical flow and an actual emotional/lyrical honesty. (He had me at "Red wine and Ambien / You're talking shit again..." and "Drop his name / Push it in and twist the knife again / Watch my face / As I pretend to feel no pain..." and "How come the only way to know how high you get me / is to see how far I fall"...)

I'm getting rid of "Continuum" as soon as possible. I can't wait to keep listening to "Battle Studies."




Lightning strikes
Inside my chest to keep me up at night
Dream of ways
To make you understand my pain

Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin,
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare

If you want more love,
why don't you say so?
If you want more love,
why don't you say so?

Drop his name
Push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face
As I pretend to feel no pain

Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin,
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare.

If you want more love,
why don't you say so? 
If you want more love,
why don't you say so?

Just say so...

How come the only way to know how high you get me
is to see how far I fall
God only knows how much I'd love you if you let me
but I can't break through at all.

It's a heartbreak...

I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
Let's just fix this whole thing now
I swear to God we're gonna get it right
If you lay your weapon down
Red wine and Ambien
You're talking shit again, it's heartbreak warfare
Good to know it's all a game
Disappointment has a name, it's heartbreak, heartbreak.

It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare

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