"War of My Life" as written by and John Mayer....
Come out angels
Come out ghosts
Come out darkness
Bring everyone you know

I'm not running
And I'm not scared
I am waiting and well prepared

I'm in the war of my life
At the door of my life
Out of time and there's no where to run away

I've got a hammer
And a heart of glass
I got to know right now
Which walls to smash

I got a pocket
Got no pills
If fear hasn't killed me yet
Then nothing will

All the suffering
And all the pain
Never left a name, oh

I'm in the war of my life
At the door of my life
Out of time and there's nowhere to run

I'm in the war of my life
At the core of my life
Got no choice but to fight 'till it's done

No more suffering
No more pain
Never again

I'm in the war of my life
At the door of my life
Out of time and there's no where to run

I'm in the war of my life
I'm at the core of my life
Got no choice but to fight 'till it's done

So fight on (I won't give up)
Fight on everyone, (I won't run)
Fight on (I won't stop for anyone)
Got no choice but to fight 'till it's done
Fight on (I won't give up)
Fight on everyone (I won't run)
Fight on (I won't stop for anyone
Got no choice but to fight 'till it's done
So fight on (I won't give up)
Fight on


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"War of My Life" as written by John Mayer

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    General CommentI think that this song is about living life. Maybe you're going through a rough time right now. But you know you just have to try...
    BrianLiebecon August 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song. It just hit me that these lyrics:

    I got a pocket
    Got no pill
    If fear hasn't killed me yet
    Than nothing will

    Are in reference to his anxiety disorder that he used to have. I guess he still carries a pocket of anxiety pills with him at all times just in case he has a breakdown. Very deep.
    TFrankMacon November 13, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationGreat song. I feel like this song is about one of those moments just before one of those moments where you know that your demons are going to catch up with you and being ready for the good and bad that comes along with that...

    Come out angels
    Come out ghosts
    Come out darkness
    Bring everyone you know

    I'm not running
    And I'm not scared
    I am waiting and well prepared

    The 'war of life' is having a bunch of these demons who are constantly nipping at your back and facing them with the strength of having overcome them in the past...

    I got a pocket
    Got no pills
    If fear hasn't killed me yet
    Then nothing will

    This is a powerful song. I think what's important to keep in mind is that the song is called 'War of my Life' not 'Way of my Day' to really appreciate it. Among his best work in my opinion.
    reza108071on April 19, 2016   Link
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    General CommentWhat do you guys think he means with 'I got a pocket. No pill.' ?
    nicocameroon January 04, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSounds like he is backed into a corner and forced to face the scariest thing he has ever had to face. Something he has prepared for even though it is uncharted territory. Not afraid of the past and terrified of the future. Waiting for the inevitable when life comes to a crossroad. He seems to be in a war with himself. His heart is fragile and easily shattered, as if made of glass.
    ruseriouson October 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationSounds like he is backed into a corner and forced to face the scariest thing he has ever had to face. Something he has prepared for even though it is uncharted territory. Not afraid of the past and terrified of the future. Waiting for the inevitable when life comes to a crossroad. He seems to be in a war with himself. His heart is fragile and easily shattered, as if made of glass.
    ruseriouson October 12, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationSounds like he is backed into a corner and forced to face the scariest thing he has ever had to face. Something he has prepared for even though it is uncharted territory. Not afraid of the past and terrified of the future. Waiting for the inevitable when life comes to a crossroad. He seems to be in a war with himself. His heart is fragile and easily shattered, as if made of glass.
    ruseriouson October 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWow thank you ruserious. I agree though. I feel like the lyrics are very simple, but also very strong. I think that the hammer stanza and the pocket stanza are the best in the song. "If fear hasn't killed me yet/Nothing will."
    matthewconteon October 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI listened to the radio cast John Mayer did earlier this week on Sophie's show, and he debuted the whole album, song by song. About this one, he said he wanted to write a song about overcoming fears, so I think it's a testimony to how you're terrified to move forward, but you know that you've made it this far and you've just got to keep going, even though you aren't entirely sure where you're going (line re: I've got a hammer, but which walls to smash?) Like, there's a ton of uncertainty, but you've got faith in your self and your abilities, so overall there's a positive tone.
    elsasparklesaon November 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGreat song, there's a great emotion behind all the songs of Battle Studies! awesome songwritig!

    I enjoy te moment when i hear John singing:

    "If fear hasn't killed me yet Then nothing will"
    Zoheiron November 13, 2009   Link

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