"Born and Raised" as written by and John Mayer....
Now and then I pace my place
I can't retrace how I got here
I cheat and lie to check my fates
It's slightly harder than last year

Then all at once it gets hard to take
It gets hard to fake what I won't be
'Cause one of these days I'll be born and raised
And it's such a waste to grow up lonely

I still have dreams, they're not the same
They don't fly as high as they used to
I saw my friend, he's in my head
And he said, "You don't remember me, do you?"

Then all at once it gets hard to take
It gets hard to fake what I won't be
'Cause one of these days I'll be born and raised
And it's such a waste to grow up lonely

I still got time, I still got faith
I call on both of my brothers
I got a mom, I got a dad
But they do not have each other

So line on up, take your place
And show your face to the morning
'Cause one of these days you'll be born and raised
And it all comes on without warning


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"Born and Raised" as written by John Mayer

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about getting older and realizing that our formative years have passed. It's about the hopeless feeling you get that all the important decisions in your life have been made and there isn't much you can do about it.

    "I cheat and lie to check my face"
    Great line. We all do this, especially as we get older. We would rather look at ourselves in dim lighting that hides the the blemishes.

    "And all at once it gets hard to take"
    The realization that we've grown up hits us by surprise.

    "I still have dreams, they're not the same"
    Our dreams become less and less ambitious.

    "I still got time, I still got faith"
    Kinda the turning point of the song. We all sometimes get the feeling that we're old and we've missed out. But at some point we can accept the past and the decisions we've made that make us who we are. We start looking at the future again and how we will use the rest of our lives. How we will fulfill our dreams.
    ra1234on May 27, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI hear this song, and it makes me think of my parents' divorce, which sort of feels full circle because during the whole proceedings of their separation, all I listened to was John Mayer. I think about the girl I was just a few years ago, and all the dreams I had for myself. They have definitely down-sized because to reality setting in. I love that this song is about ones' self apart from family and friends. When you are growing up with family crap going on, it really is just you fending for yourself. I feel like I keep trying to tell myself that I haven't changed, but I have. And that's ok.

    Basically, this stream of consciousness is to say that this is an incredibly relatable song for me, and I feel as if he cracked open my head and took the lyrics right out of my brain.
    ghettorigzon May 30, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this has got to do with JM's parents getting a divorce, especially the lines

    "I got a Mom
    I got a Dad
    but they do not have each other"

    The song is hinting at a depression... a mourning for the loss of his childhood. It's the point in life when you realize that you aren't a child anymore, you're really born and raised... that your parents have finished taking care of you and now you get to live on your own or it's now your time to take care of them.
    yapinon June 17, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm in line with ra1234. The song is about coming to terms with growing up, and the consequences of all that.

    Specifically to John, but more generally to all the rest of us, it means that no matter who you are, there comes a point where you have to realize that you are an adult, and as scary as it is, or as much as you feel like you aren't ready for it, it's time to start acting like one and making decisions like one.

    This means accepting yourself, flaws and all, jadedness in all its glory, ("I cheat the light to check my face. It's slightly harder than last year.") realizing that you've adjusted your goals and dreams as life has taken over ("I still go dreams, they're not the same. They don't fly as high as the used to.") and lost the person that you swore you would be or used to be, ("I saw my friend, he's in my head, and he said, "You don't remember me do you?").

    All this can get overwhelming and seem to pile on if you let it. ("All at once it gets hard to take").

    But as John usually does, he leaves on an upbeat tone... Sure, things aren't the way you planned. But nobody else's are, really. We can lean on our support systems, ("I call on both of my brothers") family and friends, and no matter what you think has gone wrong or right, you are where you are, and you "still got time" to make peace with how things are, to step up to the plate and be who you were always meant to be ("Show your face to the morning"), not who you THOUGHT you were meant to be.
    GoDeeperon May 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really like this song because to me, John talks about his minor insecurity about maturing and growing up.

    "it's slightly harder than last year"

    This is like, no matter when, yeah last year WAS easier.

    "and all at once
    it gets hard to take
    it gets hard to fake what I wont be"

    He talks about, one day, being Born and Raised. This may be like one day you're going to wake up and realized that you've GROWN up. Personally I am afraid of growing up, and that's why I love his music, because I mold it to mean the same thing for him, too. I guess it helps me deal :)

    Either way, I love John and am VERY excited for his new album, when ever he's ready of course!
    hopeishere56on September 18, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think maybe it is

    "I cheat the light
    To check my face
    It's slightly harder than last year"

    Yeah, it seems he's coming to reconcile that he is who he is, becoming a mature adult, probably reconciling all the crap that came out a couple of years ago. I remember reading that Rolling Stone article and as a long time fan, being quite sickened by some of the stuff he said. At the same time, I saw him as a very broken person, and the kindredness and connection I've felt to his music, and the things he has expressed within it over the years, made me feel a compassion for him. It is nice to hear that he seems to have found a bit more solid ground in the years since.
    kimbeeon May 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think maybe it is

    "I cheat the light
    To check my face
    It's slightly harder than last year"

    Yeah, it seems he's coming to reconcile that he is who he is, becoming a mature adult, probably reconciling all the crap that came out a couple of years ago. I remember reading that Rolling Stone article and as a long time fan, being quite sickened by some of the stuff he said. At the same time, I saw him as a very broken person, and the kindredness and connection I've felt to his music, and the things he has expressed within it over the years, made me feel a compassion for him. It is nice to hear that he seems to have found a bit more solid ground in the years since.
    kimbeeon May 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me want to cry, John puts the emotion into all the words he sings in this song. I believe it is about growing up before you should have to. I think it also about going through a change and not knowing what the outcome will be and who you will be at the end. Geez, it is such a good song.
    jmusic10on May 31, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEasily relatable song for me. Amazing and full of emotion.
    beau99on January 24, 2014   Link

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