"Heartbreak Warfare" as written by and John Mayer....
Lightning strike
Inside, my chest to keep me up at night
Dream of ways
To make you understand my pain

[Chorus]
Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin,
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare
If you want more love,
Why don't you say so?
If you want more love,
Why don't you say so?

Drop his name
Push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face
As I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain

[Chorus]

Just say so

How come the only way to know how high you get me
Is to see how far I fall
God only knows how much I'd love you if you let me
But I can't break through at all.

It's a heart, heartbreak

I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
Let's just fix this whole thing now
I swear to God we're gonna get it right
If you lay your weapon down
Red wine and Ambien
You're talking shit again, it's heartbreak warfare
Good to know it's all a game
Disappointment has a name, it's heartbreak, heartbreak

It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare


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"Heartbreak Warfare" as written by John Mayer

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  • +6
    General CommentBeing a month into a break-up after a four year relationship gives you time to gain some perspective and I have to say this album is truly, truly a manual for a break up. I've been in the 3 a.m. fight, wanting it desperately to be fixed, wanting a resolution that will last longer than two days. Wanting the love to continue, finding any way to keep it going. You really feel like there are bombs going on around you and you can't think, you don't know which way to go for fear of getting shelled. "Heartbreak Warfare" nails it, just nails it.

    Red wine and Ambien,
    You're talking shit again.

    Been there. Thanks for the music.

    Hap
    UntappedPotentialon November 15, 2009   Link
  • +5
    MemoryI feel like I can really relate to this song at the moment. Was in a relationship, but due to several factors, we decided it was best to 'just be friends.' deep down, i don't think either of us are content with this circumstance, but neither of us are willing to speak up and try to make it work. it's become more of a game to see who can make the other more jealous...in some twisted attempt to see if the other still cares. he hurt me, so i try to think of things that will hurt him...like bringing another guy to an event. i hurt him, so he always brings up other girls to try and get a reaction out of me. i try to play it cool, but it still hurts like hell. and i can see how it affects him too. its obvious we both still care, but until someone speaks up and puts his/her heart on the line...we'll continue to play this game that makes no sense at all. we're hurting each other needlessly and no one will win this. heartbreak warfare.
    maybebaby87on December 18, 2009   Link
  • +5
    General CommentGreat song. :)
    Thia007on November 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentReally nice song. I liked this lines ,

    "I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
    Let's just just fix this whole thing now
    I swear to God we're going to get it right
    If you put your weapon down"
    parthon November 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe only way i can explain this song is by relating it to what im going through.....with that being said overall i think its about a relationship where both people pretended that they didnt like each other when in actuality they both really did. Something must have happened to make them admit there love for one another (she found another guy.) But instead of them wanting to move on and forget, they revert back to their stubborn habit of not admitting how they feel about one another. For the singer is afraid of getting hurt again, and the girl just doesnt want to look stupid since she already feels stupid for not seeing the connection. Thus making it literally a "heartbreak warfare" cause they are constantly attacking one another when in reality they want it to stop and start over. Just like in a war where no one wants to give in until they are defeated but in this case both people dont want to give into their feelings that is until they are defeated from the pain and hate that they have caused each other to feel.



    Lighting strike
    Inside my chest to keep me up at night
    Dream of ways
    To make you understand my pain (the singer finds out about the girl and her new boy)

    Clouds of sulfur in the air
    Bombs are falling everywhere
    It's heartbreak warfare

    Once you want it to begin
    No one really ever wins
    In heartbreak warfare

    If you want more love
    Why don't you say so
    If you want more love
    Why don't you say so (the singer is telling the girl that if she wanted love then why didnt you tell me, instead of
    looking for another guy)

    Drop his name
    Push it in and twist the knife again
    Watch my face
    As I pretend to feel no pain (accidently or purposely the girl says the name of the guy she left the singer for,
    this starts the war)

    Clouds of sulfur in the air
    Bombs are falling everywhere
    It's heartbreak warfare

    Once you want it to begin
    No one really ever wins (start the relationship again, but there is still that mistrust and miscommunication)
    In heartbreak warfare

    If you want more love
    Why don't you say so
    If you want more love
    Why don't you say so
    Just say so

    How come the only way to know how high you get me
    Is to see how far I fall (they are both testing each others love by putting each other down)
    God only knows how much I'd love you if you'd let me
    But I can't break free at all (the singer is willing to work things out but he cant when she still has her
    defenses up)

    I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
    Let's just just fix this whole thing now
    I swear to God we're going to get it right
    If you put your weapon down (singer finally admits his feelings, if only she would stop and listen)

    Red wine and Ambien
    You're talking shit again (instead failure)
    It's heartbreak warfare

    Good to know it's all a game
    Disappointment has a name (singer finds out that there is really no use since the girl is continuously
    messing around with his heart even when he finally gave up and told her
    what she wanted to hear.)


    It's heartbreak warfare.
    and it sucks.
    laxinleesh33on March 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song really captures the feeling of the ending of a relationship
    porklulzon March 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love how "If you want more love / Why don't you say so" contrasts against his earlier song "Your Body is a Wonderland", which has the lyric "If you want love / we'll make it".

    I feel like this was probably purposeful and shows that he's gotten a little more mature/cynical/raw about love in the past decade or so.

    esorymaon April 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHow come the only way to know how high you get me
    Is to see how far I fall
    God only knows how much I'd love you if you'd let me
    But I can't break free at all

    It's heart, heartbreak

    I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
    Let's just just fix this whole thing now
    I swear to God we're going to get it right
    If you put your weapon down

    Red wine and Ambien
    You're talking shit again
    It's heartbreak warfare

    Good to know it's all a game
    Disappointment has a name
    It's heartbreak warfare


    this just speaks to me!
    i ended a 16yr relationship and kinda fell hard for a new guy, its been the hardest year of my life and john hit the nail on the head here!
    loveinthedarkon May 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Opinion"Red wine & ambien, you're talkin shit again." LOVE THAT LINE : )
    lovely0neon June 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell I'm happy that I'll be the first to comment on this song. He debuted this song acoustically on the Mayercraft Carrier 2. It's on the new album, Battle Studies.
    The inspiration and meaning of the song (atleast the way I see it) is pretty straight forward. Its about his relationship with Jen Aniston. The line: "Drop his name, push it in and twist the knife again" is about Brad Pitt. Jen and Brad's was still always being talked about in the Media, I'm sure that was hard for John to deal with. And Jen has been quoted saying that she isn't over Brad. But I love the passion and the openess John can show his fans. The idea of was war of love, with bombs on a battle field is poetic. To me, this is kinda the equivalent to Slow Dancing in a Burning Room from Continuum.
    Mistake with the above lyrics- "Red wine and ambien" is what he says from what I heard on the news.
    JordyLee007on April 15, 2009   Link

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