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 Mayer

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING

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  • +7
    General Comment:I 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
  • +2
    General Comment:Aren'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
  • +1
    General Comment:Relationships? I think it's safe to say this song isn't about love. I believe the song is basically about doing things that you know you shouldn't but you feel pulled into it. I love the part "twice as much ain't twice as good and can't sustain like one half could" (i'm gonna change the line in the lyrics because what's up there is not right) cause it means that more of anything doesn't necessarily mean it's better.
    superdes_318on March 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think it's about cheating. I quoted this song to a cheating relative of mine. "I'll never know what makes this man with all the love his heart can stand dream of ways to throw it all away?" "Twice as much aint twice as good and can't sustain what one half could"
    heartsinlaceon December 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This gorgeous song is about growing up and older...John has written songs about aging and the fear of. This line "keep me where the light is" refers to him not growing old and eventually dying. He is not ready yet.
    amb1216on January 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:if 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 Comment:I think this song is about love and falling in and put of it. And that is why he wants 'gravity' to stay away from him he don't wanna fall in love. its working against him because he is falling in love and trying to fight his feelings. Wants to bring him down, what makes this man with all the love that his heart can stand. Come on its about falling in love and not wanting to fall
    krystalmlawsonon October 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Gravitation is a natural phenomenon by which objects with mass attract one another.

    Law of gravity: what goes up must come down.

    Can you think of anything on a man that goes up, and down??

    The song is about temptation.

    "Whadya go to Weed College?" -DC
    RadioBostonon April 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:This 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
  • 0
    General Comment:I think John is talking about a relationship that has lost its freshness. At first you float through the clouds and everything is new, then the reality of relationships set it and the magic carpet ride is over!
    walt2891on January 11, 2006   Link

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