"Who Says" as written by and John Mayer....
Who says I can't get stoned
Turn off the lights and the telephone
Me in my house alone
Who says I can't get stoned

Who says I can't be free
From all of the things that I used to be
Rewrite my history
Who says I can't be free

It's been a long night in New York city
It's been a long night in Baton Rouge
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again I don't remember you

Who says I can't get stoned
Call up a girl that I used to know
Fake love for an hour or so
Who says I can't get stoned

Who says I can't take time
Meet all the girls in the county line
Wait on fate to send a sign
Who says I can't take time

It's been a long night in New York city
It's been a long night in Austin too
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again I don't remember you

Who says I can't get stoned
Plan a trip to Japan alone
Doesn't matter if I even go
Who says I can't get stoned

It's been a long night in New York city
It's been a long time since 22
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again I don't remember, don't remember you


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"Who Says" as written by John Mayer

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    General CommentI think he is being very personal here. And who cares if he references marijuana or not... that is the whole point of the song. The line may as well been "who says I can't sing about marijuana." That being said... The song is great AND deep, but I think he looks really sad and alone in the video and I feel that in the lyrics. It's an "I don't care" song, but there is something intrinsically sad about it. :/ He is happy with himself, but that's all he has... it's both enough and nowhere near it.
    rockandrowlandon October 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwhat do you suppose "I don't remember you looking any better, but then again I don't remember you." means?

    that gives me some sort of hint that the song has a reference to a relationship John had. but maybe that's just the perspective I have.
    distancelevenon October 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's particularly a "Money Maker" song. Just putting that out there (:

    I think it's about reflecting and looking back and going, "From now on who cares! I'm going to do what I feel like because no one can tell me what to do" I like it.
    BlueSkiesAtMidnighton October 15, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe song is a political statement. mayer was a big ron paul supporter. he's a libertarian and is questioning why people think they have the right to tell others how to live their lives - despite whatever the consequences might be.
    mr miyagion November 03, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow. you guys fail to see one thing. YES this song is about being free. doing the things YOU want in life. mayer said it himself.

    AND. the whole "who says i cant get stoned" has another meaning. when people get stoned. theyre happy. theyre chill. its like they have no problems. soooo mayer is saying " who says i cant be happy ? " basically.
    batmandarkknighton November 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI never thought i'd make an account on here..i always looked at this site but never had the guts to share what i thought...but this song made me realize that other people's opinions shouldn't even matter...

    Im a simple stoner.i dont like to think about pressing issues or things that make me sad.but being only 18 years old i am constantly pressured to get a life..get a job..go to school...but what if im not ready?
    I already know that i need to do all those things.and the constant flow of criticism from parents and even friends do little more but make me resent them for not being as alive as i feel?

    the point is that we are our own worst enemies.we have to deal with looking ourselves in the mirror everynite,and i say that if you can do that and still smile?thats a little victory(thank you matt nathanson)i just think that we put enough pressure on ourselves already...we dont need the added pressure of people telling us(me) that i need to grow up...

    "who says we can't get stoned?"
    even if just for a while?...well yeah that was fun...let me know if im an idiot
    TiltingAtWindmillson November 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have to agree with those that believe its NOT about pot. It's kind of like in his Playboy interview, he chose the "n" word not meaning it at all, but knowing it was going to have a shock affect.

    "Who says I can't get stoned" means "Why can't I live how I want?" He's referring to his freedom. He's not making fun of potheads, he's thinking about being free with his guitar, his life, his passions, his women. He clearly stating that he just "doesn't give a damn" what people think about him and his life. It doesn't matter if he sleeps with some random chick from his past. Who's going to say anything to him?

    The song's actually pretty deep. My first impression was "I don't want to listen to a song about weed". But when I gave it a chance, I realized that he's aching for the day when the media gets the message and just leaves him alone. It's an exponentially beautiful, deep, and intelligent song.
    bellagirl101on April 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commentit looks a lot like john has been using heroin. anyone else get that from the song?
    chinkbot6000on October 02, 2011   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI personally believe this song is about him and his girlfriend breaking up, and by the way he puts it, he's trying to be rebellious by going out and doing everything he always wanted to do with no repercussions. Who says he can't call up someone he used to know? Who says he can't party in New York city? He still feels a lot of sadness because when the party ends, it's still him by himself, and you can tell that by the contrast in the music video; the bright lights when he's out with friends, to the darker colors when he's alone.
    ashroxursoxon December 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFor me this song is about sort of breaking free. It's about not worrying, not playing life if it's a game of chess, it's just doing. Doing whatever you want and not caring about what comes out of it.

    It's interesting because, at least in my experience, it really is hard to just be. Everyday is either a conscious or unconscious analysis of what I'm doing and why I'm doing it. For me, this is just the antithesis of that in every way.
    lakhany07on March 21, 2013   Link

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