"Assassin" as written by and John Mayer....
I work in the dead of night
When the roads are quiet
No one is around
To track my moves

Race in the end of lights
To find the gate is open
She's waiting in the room
I just slip on through

You get in
You get done
And then you get gone
You never leave a trace or show your face
You get gone

Should have turned around
And left before the sun came up again
But the sun came up again

Enter the morning light
To find the day is burning the curtains and the wine
In a little white room
No, I'm not alone
Her head is heavy on me
She's sleeping like a child
What could I do?

You get in
You get done
And then you get gone
You never leave a trace or show your face
You get gone

Should have turned around
And left before the sun came up again
But the sun came up again

I was a killer, was the best they'd ever seen
I'd steal your heart before you ever heard a thing
I'm an assassin and I had a job to do
Little did I know that girl was an assassin too

Suddenly I'm in over my head and I can hardly breathe
Suddenly I'm floating over her bed and I feel everything
Suddenly I know exactly what I did, but I cannot move a thing
Suddenly I know exactly what I'd done and what it's gonna mean to me, mean to me
I'm gone

I was a killer, was the best they'd ever seen
I'd steal your heart before you ever heard a thing
I'm an assassin and I had a job to do
Little did I know that girl was an assassin too

She's an assassin
She's an assassin
She's an assassin
She's an assassin and she had a job to do


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"Assassin" as written by John Mayer

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  • +6
    General CommentI think the song is about how he can never really commit himself to any relationship, because he's just so guarded and he's emotionally removed from any relationship or fling(i.e. the same way an assassin has to be emotionally removed from their job) But then in this case he did get sucked in and let his guard down (Suddenly I'm in over my head and I could hardly breathe/Suddenly I'm floating over her bed and I feel everything)...only to realize she's not actually attached either and was essentially just taking HIM for the ride.

    That's my take anyways. I lovvvve this song. Probably wouldn't make it as a single, but it might be my favorite on the album (Edge of Desire is great too)
    elsasparklesaon November 10, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI agree, the hook on this song is sick.

    I think this song is about a fling/one-night stand. He's just in it for the fun, but girls fall in love with him while he's just having fun. But then he meets a girl that he starts feeling, but what she's doing to him is what he has been doing to all these other girls.
    stilldirrtyjaon November 10, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's like karma
    ohplease(!)on November 18, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti'm listening to assassin right now and the music alone has given me goosebumps, then u add in john's voice and the lyrics...magic. i think its my fave on battle studies.

    i think its about a girl he had no intention of getting serious about, he thought he was playing her to get what he wanted and then be done with her, but things didnt work out that way. he either fell for her or she played him. mr mayer has a lovely way with words, cuz i figure a guy like that should be utterly repulsive but he has the opposite effect.
    boutuxon November 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can't stop listening to this song, it's driving me crazy!

    I agree with the Karma thing, but also to add that once he disovers the girl is also an assassin,he totally falls for the girl. I took this as a case of wanting what you can't have. He couldn't get the girl as she's using him as he's used others.




    FreeFallin83on November 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think its about being afraid to be vulnerable, to put yourself out there. Not every player plays for the physical aspect, they play to fill an emotional need temporarily without committing themelves, hence they eliminate the chance of being hurt. But every now and then they slip up and fall for someone who's doing the same thing.... they want to "get gone" so bad but they "can't move." Commitment issues suck!
    jj9999on November 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJJ brings up a good point that I think most have missed.

    I also think it's important to the song to note that it's only when he breaks his rules of operation(or engagement, if we stick with the assassin thread). His rule is to "You get in, You get done, And then you get gone." But when he finds himself still in her room whenever the sun is up (Enter the morning light, to find the day is burning the curtains) he knows that he's in trouble. He feels her still with him, thinks back to what has happened and what he's feeling and what that'll do to him later... and he has the urge to bolt. He doesn't want to stick around for that aftermath.

    He had always been the one to do the killing (of feelings, of attachment) but he knew that if he stuck around she would be the one doing the killing this time.
    GoDeeperon November 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Opinionplain an simple (the player got played)**love his music.
    maria8it8has8to8beon January 08, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the meaning is simple...

    He steals hearts... However he comes across a girl thats stolen his. Leaving him lost for words and in over his head.
    yourarchangelon May 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought that the song was about him cheating on his girlfriend.

    "You get in
    You get done
    And then you get gone
    You never leave a trace or show your face
    You get gone
    Should have turned around
    And left before the sun came up again"
    But the sun came up again

    makes me think that he was with her all night one night. and then once he confronts his girlfriend about it, he figures out that she was cheating on him the whole time too, and he realizes what it's like
    missshelbylynnon January 04, 2010   Link

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