"New Deep" as written by and John Mayer....
I'm so alive
I'm so enlightened
I can barely survive
A night in my mind
So I've got a plan
I'm gonna find out just how boring I am
And have a good time

'Cause ever since I tried
Trying not to find
Every little meaning in my life
It's been fine
I've been cool
With my new golden rule

Numb is the new deep
Done with the old me
And talk is the same cheap, it's been

Is there a God?
Why is he waiting?
Don't you think of it odd
When he knows my address?
And look at the stars
Don't it remind you just how feeble we are?
Well it used to, I guess

'Cause ever since I tried
Trying not to find
Every little meaning in my life
It's been fine
I've been cool
With my new golden rule

Numb is the new deep
Done with the old me
And talk is the same cheap, it's been

I'm a new man
I wear a new cologne and
You wouldn't know me if your eyes were closed
I know what you'll say
'This won't last longer than the rest of the day'
But you're wrong this time
You're wrong

Numb is the new deep
Done with the old me
I'm over the analyzing
Tonight

Stop trying to figure it out
(You try to figure, you try to figure it out)
Deep will only bring you down
You know, I used to be the back
porch poet with my book of rhymes
Always open knowing all the time I'm probably
Never gonna find the perfect rhyme
For 'heavier things'


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"New Deep" as written by John Clayton Mayer

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  • +1
    General CommentJohn is being sarcastic and mocking people. "I'm gonna find out just how boring I am and have a good time." I mean c'mon. He's saying be yourself and have fun in life and don't worry about what other people think of you.

    He's also saying that all the popular songs recently have become so shallow and so easy to analyze. so he's (sarcastically) becoming just like them and saying "I'm gonna become numb and have no feeling in my songs, and forget the old me, and any song that is a deep song is depressing and will only bring you down unless you don't analyze the song." when in reality people need to analyze songs, just like poetry, but not over analyze them to the point where they lose the meaning that the person was trying to get across.
    Jake1410on May 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJohn is expressing sadness in this song, and disappointment about who he is. He's also expressing that, no matter what, he knows that he won't change. He has accepted who he is at this stage in his life--an overanalyst and a more profound thinker than those around him. Although he's comfortable with who he is, there are times when he wishes he was oblivious to life's more important questions, like the rest of the ignorami out there...and just have a good time.
    Fudzon December 09, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't know if I'd go as far as "sarcastic," but it's definitely not supposed to be totally sincere.

    Like ProudesterMonkey said, "fine" and "cool" are probably the least convincing words you could use. Those are the type of words you use when you're NOT ok, but you use them because you really don't want to talk about it.
    I would think that this is something he tried; you know, trying not to analyze everything because it gets frustrating. Like at the part where he goes:

    "I know what you'll say
    'This won't last longer than the rest of the day'
    But you're wrong this time"

    Like he tells people "I'm just going to chill out and not over-think it" and the people who know him are like "Yeah, right, sure John." I guess it's just who he is, with all of his crazy thoughts and whatnot. But then, without them, we wouldn't be enjoying such good music, would we?

    (side note: I find it funny that we're analyzing a song about analyzing xD)
    SimpleFaithon December 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso when I listened to the lyrics of this song I started to get kinda upset with John, because he is always so introspective and has something great to say and then all the sudden I hear him sayin how "numb is the new deep" and that he doesnt want to sit around and be boring trying to figure things out. And I was like, come on John are you kidding me, thats what makes your music so great. So when i read responses about it possibly being more sarcastic than anything I was greatly relieved, it makes more sense to me that way and fits with his personality more than a song about actually being numb. Glad I can see this song in a new light =)
    jmiscoolon September 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGod, John Mayer has this arrogance, that is just so sexy.
    I love this song because it's so sarcastic, but in a way he's totally serious. haha even the guitar part is cherry, and happy...yet the song has this disgust tone to it
    "Numb is the 'new deep'"
    haha i love it.
    musicallynostalgicon December 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHave fun with life. Don't analyze everything and tear it to pieces that you can't enjoy the thing. Stop trying to find meaning in everything or it'll make you depressed. A year ago I was so down because I was trying to find meaning in everything. I thought all the time and forgot to live. I love this song it is so me.
    songbrdon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLyrics Correction:

    I'm so alive
    I'm so enlightened
    I can barely survive
    A night in my mind
    I've got a plan
    I'm gonna find out just how boring I am
    And have a good time

    Cause ever since I tried
    Trying not to find
    Every little meaning in my life
    It's been fine
    I've been cool
    With my new golden rule

    Numb is the new deep
    Done with the old me
    And talk is the same cheap it's been

    Is there a God?
    Why is he waiting?
    Don't you think of it odd
    When he knows my address?
    And look at the stars
    Don't it remind you just how feeble we are?
    Well it used to, I guess

    Cause ever since I tried
    Trying not to find
    Every little meaning in my life
    It's been fine
    I've been cool
    With my new golden rule

    Numb is the new deep
    Done with the old me
    And talk is the same cheap it's been

    I'm a new man
    I wear a new cologne and
    You wouldn't know me if your eyes were closed
    I know what you'll say
    'This won't last longer than the rest of the day'
    But you're wrong this time

    Numb is the new deep
    Done with the old me
    I'm over the analyzing
    Tonight

    Stop trying to figure it out
    Deep wil only bring you down
    You know, I used to be the back porch poet with a book of rhymes
    Always open knowing all the time I'm probably
    Never gonna find the perfect rhyme
    For 'heavier things'
    Jake1410on May 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song is about having a good time and not over analyzing life. Ít's about being "boring" by other people's standards because its more important to be happy by your own standards. I don't think that John Mayer is trying to be sarcastic or mocking, but rather is observing that "deep" nowadays is angstful and sad making a person want to / eventually become numb. New Deep is one of my favourite songs because I think that it is very important to create your own "deep" and not to overanalyze life, but rather to live it in your own way, happily.
    jemimaon May 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo, he really IS trying to be sarcastic! It says so in the cd booklet! He's saying that this is him, that's what he does, he goes out and analyzes things, he's just that type of guy. And someone else was right, he's also saying that everything nowadays has become so de-sensitized, that we put more measure on cologne than we do on emotion. This is one of my favorite songs on the cd, and I can't help it, he just seems so smart!
    bsellaon October 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn this song, I think John Mayer is saying that he's becoming a new man. Especially when he says "Now it's the new deep, down with the old me" and when he says "I'm a new man, I wear my cologne"
    jenazababon February 12, 2005   Link

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