Beautiful, I watch you try,
To see yourself through other's eyes.
But mirrors are a losing game,
They only show you backwards anyway.

The magic and the misery,
Come and go so easily.
But everything you'll ever be,
You already are to me.

And you were only five years old,
Playing princess in your mother's clothes.
Could you feel me standing next to you,
With my plastic sword and playground shoes.

Saying "If my dear I'm wrong somehow,
May dragons come and fell me now.
'Cause everything you'll ever be,
You already are to me."

Why, I don't know why.
I don't know why you think you need to do it.
How, I don't know how.
I don't know how but I just sit back and I see my way right through it.

When the memories are ten feet tall,
Throwing shadows on your bedroom wall.
When you pull the shades and kill the lights,
Will you hear me singing out tonight?
Will you hear me singing out tonight?

Days are long and words are cruel,
But they won't get the best of you.
'Cause everything you'll ever be,
You have always been to me.
Always been to me.


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    General Commenta beautiful love song by john mayer. i've waited years for this and it is perfect.
    heyshanon May 28, 2011   Link
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    General Commenti really love this song...the part where he says:
    Why, I don't know why.
    I don't know why you think you need to do it.
    How, I don't know how.
    I don't know how but I just sit back and I see my way right through it.
    is really great!!!
    8anos1925on May 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think that there's a woman in his life that is aspiring to be great and she's always wanted to be great or just approved of. But he's simply saying 'everything you'll ever be, you already are to me' which is he already see's her as an amazing woman.

    Amazing song! Blows my mind :)
    EmNemmon September 02, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaningor if you look at it in a totally different way, it could be that John has the friend that is a girl, and he wants to be her girlfriend, but everything he'll ever be to her is a friend. or the other way around, where his friend girl wants to be his girlfriend, but HE just wants to stay friends.
    kkshaeon April 25, 2012   Link
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    General CommentWhat John is trying to potray here is more of a prove-my-love-song. He is telling her that everything she will ever be and could be is best seen thrugh his eyes and she is the best she can be with him. It is a cry to be with her and to prove to her that they belong and they are best together. He's the one thats always been there, and will always be.
    heartoflifon June 16, 2013   Link
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    General Commentportray*
    heartoflifon June 16, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is the speaker speaking to the girl he loves, who is insecure about herself and her looks. She may be always down on herself and having self-esteem issues.
    It has some really beautiful lyrics, I think.

    "Beautiful, I watch you try to see yourself through others' eyes"
    Here the woman is trying to figure out how other people view her and how other people think of her. She is trying to figure out if they think she's pretty, not pretty, etc.

    "But mirrors are a losing game. They only show you backwards anyway."
    In a quite literal sense, mirrors do only show you backwards. You only ever really get to see yourself looking at a reflection of yourself-you don't ever truly see yourself. You don't see yourself laughing at a funny joke or talking animatedly about something you're passionate about. The singer is saying here that the girl shouldn't be so wrapped up in her appearance and whether or not she's hot or pretty or whatever she wanted to be considered, because it's just a losing game. Beauty is subjective anyway. :)

    "The magic and the misery, come and go so easily."
    I think the girl has mood swings-like really high highs and really low lows and the changes in mood and temperament come and go quickly and easily.

    "But everything you'll ever be, you already are to me."
    He's saying that she doesn't need to try to be something else for other people or to try to perfect whatever public image she wants to have, because to him she already is everything.

    I'll skip a few lines because they're pretty self-explanatory.

    "Why, I don't know why. I don't why you think you need to do it. How, I don't know how. I don't know how but I just sit back and I see my way right through it."
    He is admitting that he does not know why she feels the need to be so critical of herself and her looks and how her moods can change so quickly. But I think him saying he'll sit back and see his way through it is him saying he'll stick with her throughout it.

    "When the memories stand ten feet tall throwing shadows on your bedroom wall. When you pull the shade and kill the lights, will you hear me singing out tonight?"
    Maybe she's had a rough past that's caused her to think this way-a previous boyfriend or family member, perhaps. He's sort of pleading with her in a kind manner to listen to him and believe him.

    "Days are long and words are cruel. But they won't get the best of you."
    This woman seems to be having a hard time from the entire song, but this line especially points it out, to me. He's saying he knows that her days are long and the words people say about her are cruel, but he also knows that she won't let them get the best of her.

    A great unreleased JM song. This and A Face to Call Home are probably the closest things he's written to real love songs, and they're both beautiful.
    cashiltonon June 13, 2015   Link

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