John Mayer Waiting on the World to Change

John Mayer challenges the attitudes of apathy and indifference being expressed by his generation, with Waiting On The World To Change. The music video shows Mayer walking along the East River in New York City while graffiti artists Futura 2000, Tats Cru, and Daze graffiti messages on New York billboards displaying messages relating to the song’s content. “Waiting on the World to Change” is the Grammy winning first single released from his 2006 studio album, Continuum. John Mayer won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at 2007′s 49th Grammy Awards.

John Mayer walking in New York


Credits

The music video for the song was directed by Philip Andelman, via Partizan, with producer Magali Selosse-Bishop, director of photography Shawn Kim, and editor Barney Miller. Read some of Andelman’s reflections on the making of the video at Video Static.

On his blog (on April 26) John Mayer wrote on some of the implications of the song, “Waiting on the World to Change”. He explains that when he wrote the song he was trying to express the feelings of helplessness that come with knowing what needs to change in the world but also knowing the futility of trying. Since the song’s release there has been one social issue he’s kept particularly focused on, silently keeping notes in his mind about what needs to be fixed (and more constructively, how to go about fixing it) while hoping that someone else sharing his exact views would carry out the work without him ever getting involved. He’s talking about global warming. He proposes an alternative to denial and ideological bombardment – a “laid-back, panic free approach to environmentalism”. “Light Green” suggests people pick one thing to change this year. He’s made a commitment to finding and promoting ‘Light Green’ products. He admits to driving a a Porsche SUV, drinking bottled water, and flying private charter several times during his summer tour. However he’s made a start by converting his bus to Bio-Diesel.

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Lyrics for Waiting on the World To Change

Me and all my friends
We’re all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing
There’s no way we ever could
Now we see everything is 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
Its hard to be persistant
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’ve never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on the door
When you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cuz when when the only information ooohhh,
They can bend it all they want

So while 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 party’s there
So we keep waiting (waiting)
Waiting on the world to change

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
Know 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
Waiting on the world to change.

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2 Responses to John Mayer Waiting on the World to Change

  1. T says:

    It’s not that we don’t care
    We just know that the party’s there

    Those lyrics may be wrong

    I think it’s

    It’s not that we don’t care
    We just know that the fight ain’t fair

  2. FUTURADOSMIL says:

    experience&exposure.

    the TATS CRU can be seen here:
    http://www.tatscru.com/
    and I can be found here:
    http://www.flickriver.com/photos/futuradosmil/
    thank you MR. MAYER.

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