"Gravity" as written by and Mayer....
Gravity is working against me
And gravity wants to bring me down
Oh, I'll never known what makes this man
With all the love that his heart can stand
Dream of ways to throw it all away

Whoa, gravity is working against me
And gravity wants to bring me down
Oh, twice as much ain't twice as good
And can't sustain like one half could
It's wanting more that's gonna send me to my knees

Oh twice as much ain't twice as good
And can't sustain like one half could
It's wanting more that's gonna send me to my knees

Whoa, gravity, stay the hell away from me
Whoa, gravity has taken better men than me
Now how can that be?
Just keep me where the light is
Just keep me where the light is
Just keep me where the light is
Come on keep me where the light is
Come on keep me where, keep me where the light is


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"Gravity" as written by John Clayton Mayer

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  • +12
    General CommentI think it isn't about one certain situation in particular... Mostly about REALITY being like gravity. We all want to live in our own dream world and maybe our fantasies skew our perception of the real world. Then Reality comes to bring us out of the world we want and into the world that really exists, which is never as pleasant as the one we envision.
    "Its wanting more that's gonna set me to my knees" Higher expectations only disappoint him more. Getting your hopes up only causes more disappointment in the end.
    MarchingGrobaniteon September 16, 2006   Link
  • +4
    General CommentAren't there any other 20-somethings out there?

    This song is about not understanding his constant craving for more, regardless of what he has. In this song's context, it's about relationships, yet the meaning could easily be applied to careers and life in general.

    What makes him want more? What prevents him from ultimate commitment? Gravity.

    Another thing, it's not necessarily about someone else in particular or cheating. It's simply about never being truly satisfied because of an uncontrollable craving. aka. Gravity.

    I think what he means by "keep me where the light is" is "keep me satisfied and happy without something more or different" The peace he's talking about is 100% sheer satisfaction, rather than 99% sure with a 1% gravity factor--that will inevitably grow to trip him up.

    Just my $0.02!
    simonsaysncsuon April 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentnevermind the meaning... john mayer can play guitar like noone else can
    soul_doubton September 16, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGravity=Temptation. Temptation is something that pulls you toward it like gravity. the only way to not let temptation reel you in ("bring me down") is to avoid it or stay away from it period.

    In this case temptation (gravity) is working against him because it could mess up what he already has. However we cannot escape gravity and he cannot escape this temptation. He pleads in vain knowing that although its working against him, he's still gravitating toward it.

    " Just Keep me where the light is"--keep him close to what he already has, don't let him wander away toward temptation--However its like asking that we float about in the air as we walk when its inevitable we be pulled to the ground by gravity, a force we cannot escape...
    NewGrrlOntheBlockon December 23, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningJohn Mayer is evidently awakened. "Gravity" refers to the tendency of the mind to constantly pull us towards our cravings, to wanting MORE! (sex, drugs, rock and roll, etc.). This is quite similar and perhaps the opposite of the aversion we have to what we don't want (pain, suffering, etc). (Would this be anti-gravity, John?)
    "Keep me where the light is" refers to staying in this moment (the same that is referred to in "Clarity") where there is only truth, the breath and unity. If one is completely present and awake, there is no craving, aversion or unconsciousness. This is bliss and is where love resides.
    I see you, John.
    sandy10757on July 01, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song seems very much the same as daughters- falling in love with the wrong person. Its great how he puts it, “gravity." Does this = attraction, chemistry, passion?
    I don't know but I can relate, chemistry does not always = compatibility.
    I always thought that the line "and can't sustain like one half could" was "can't sustain like the one have could," either way its poetry, thanks for putting it so well John.
    surfer100pon January 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentif one assumes that gravity=love than the first line means that hes fallen in a love that he can never have and its bringing him down.

    the line "ill never know what makes this man
    With all the love that his heart can stand" means that he wants to attain a higher love for this woman (by being in a relationship with her) but he will never know how that feels.

    the line "dream of ways to throw it all away" can be interpreted many ways, it could mean suicide, but knowing john it probably means that he always thinks of ways to destroy their friendship so he can forget about her and try to move on with his life.

    now i like this next part. the lines "
    Oh, twice as much ain't twice as good
    And can't sustain like one half could
    It's wanting more that's gonna send me to my knees " could mean a few things. i think it means that no two girls in the world could even come close to half of this girl whom he loves. by the line "Its wanting more thats gonna bring me to my knees" means that he wants more, and by more he means a relationship with this woman and he wants it so much that it will bring him to his knees (im not quite sure what he means by "bring me to my knees", possibly suicide? or maybe prayer?)

    the lines "
    Gravity, stay the hell away from me
    And gravity has taken better men than me
    Now how can that be" mean that he has seen this woman be in relationships with other men before, and he thinks its because she thinks they are better, and by the lyrics "now how can that be" he means that he doesnt think that these other men are worthy and he himself would treat her so much better than hes seen any other guy treat her before.


    "keep me where the light is" could also mean a few things, most likely he wants to stay where the light is and try and stay happy and not let it get him down.

    thats just my interpretation of it, and of course there are many ways to interpret this song.
    joejoeselfon June 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJohn is using Gravity as a metaphor for the burden of living a life of excess. Searching for things in life that will truly benefit you vs. the materlistic chase for possesions that have nothing of substance.. The pressure for americans in their twenties and early thirties to obtain wealth as a sign of status can feel like "Gravity is working against me".. Great Song...
    duds11on February 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGravity seems to express people's tendencies to self-destruct. Just like we can't fight gravity, we can't seem to fight this tendency to destroy the things we cherish in our lives no matter what we do. "I'll never know what makes this man with all the love that his heart can stand dream of ways to throw it all away." It can also describe how, like the force of gravity, the circumstances of life that are out of our control are the ones we get so fed up fighting with, and ultimately leads us to losing hope. "Keep me where the light is" is a plea for any reprieve from his misery.
    rattler02on March 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"My explanation of the lyrics are in quotations. John Mayer has said that this song just came to him in the shower one day-"

    Gravity is working against me
    And gravity wants to bring me down
    "the structure/weight of this material world changes our spirit's focus and keeps us from using our "higher" conscious"

    Oh, I'll never know what makes this man
    With all the love that his heart can stand
    "what could make this man (Jesus), who taught by example of how LOVE is the constant of the creator. Its a circle: God (love) created the Man (Jesus) who taught that Love was the way back to the creator"

    "and we" Dream of ways to throw it all away
    "Dreaming as a collective human race is how we can materialize this world. Although, we choose to use these thoughts to create fear, to throw/forget the love away"

    Oh, twice as much "stuff" ain't twice as good
    And can't sustain like one half could
    "We try twice as hard to attain things when half of our efforts in the positive would be as good if not better. Many of us choose to focus on material possesions (wants and things) twice as much as our nesseceties such as peace, ending hunger/homelessness.

    It's wanting more that's gonna send me to my knees
    "putting more mental focus on this physical world is going to be our downfall"

    Gravity, stay the hell away from me
    "Our obsession with the material creates our own hell in this life"

    And gravity has taken better men than me
    "we are all in this together"
    Now how can that be
    "we are all one and are meant to help each other overcome these obstacles"

    Dream of ways to throw it all away

    Just keep me where the light is
    "Prayer: Keep me in your grace"

    "I believe that this song was divinely inspired. God as the creator is infinately "creative" in all forms of art."

    Love, Kindness and Gratitude to all!
    shawncrosbyon May 16, 2008   Link

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