Waiting on the World to Change — John Mayer

Waiting on the World to Change released in 2006 in the album “Continuum” is one of John Mayer’s most popular songs. Not only is the music itself beautiful but the lyrics and the music video are both works of art as well. John Mayer uses his music to portray a message like most of his songs.

I believe that John Mayer is singing about the youth of today and about the problems that they are frequently faced with. Much of the younger people of today feel powerless against the political leaders of this world and feel like they don’t have a say in anything. They are “waiting on the world to change” because one day they will rule the world and they will have enough influence to change things and have a positive impact, but until then they just have to wait. They see the problems that arise on a day to day basis but don’t have the means of fixing them. John Mayer writes “It’s hard to beat the system when you’re standing at a distance” meaning that the youth of today are the outsiders of society and are essentially watching from the sidelines without any means of fixing or changing anything. Another thing that John Mayer talks about in this song is the problem with the media of today. The media picks and chooses what is displayed on the TV and on the radio so essentially they are sheltering people from reality and portraying news and stories in a bias way. This is dangerous because the media has an effect on everyone and can portray messages that are completely misleading. He essentially is saying that we can’t be too quick to believe everything that the media says because manipulate and change the information to make it say exactly what they want. There are so many problems with society that the youth of today have no control over and I believe that John Mayer did a great job of portraying some of the main issues.

Lyrics

Me and all my friends

We’re all misunderstood

They say we stand for nothing and

There’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going wrong

With the world and those who lead it

We just feel like we don’t have the means

To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

It’s hard to beat the system

When we’re standing at a distance

So we keep waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

Now if we had the power

To bring our neighbors home from war

They would have never missed a Christmas

No more ribbons on their door

And when you trust your television

What you get is what you got

Cause when they own the information, oh

They can bend it all they want

That’s why we’re waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

It’s not that we don’t care

We just know that the fight ain’t fair

So we keep on waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

And we’re still waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

One day our generation

Is gonna rule the population

So we keep on waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

No we keep on waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting (waiting)

Waiting on the world to change

Waiting on the world to change

Waiting on the world to change

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