"Speak For Me" as written by and John Mayer....
Now the cover of a Rolling Stone
Ain't the cover of a Rolling Stone
And the music on my radio
Ain't supposed to make me feel alone

Would you liked to know
Have to learn to let it go
Show me something I can be
Play a song that I can sing
Make me feel as I am free
Someone come speak for me

Well they're celebrating broken things
I don't wanna world of broken things
You can tell that something isn't right
When all your heroes are in black and white

Would you have liked to say
At least I still have yesterday
Show me something I can be
Play a song that I can sing
Make me feel as I am free
Someone come speak for me
Someone come speak for me

La di da di da
La di da di da
La di da di da di da di da
La di da di da di da di da
Hey

I'm not mad about it
But I'm not mad about it
I'm not mad about it
But I'm not that mad about it

Just show me something I can be
Play a song that I can sing
Make me feel as I am free
Someone come speak for me
Someone come speak for me
Someone come speak for me

Now the cover of a Rolling Stone
Ain't the cover of a Rolling Stone


Lyrics submitted by eltroyo11, edited by Foalk

"Speak for Me" as written by John Mayer

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    General CommentCORRECTED LYRICS:

    Now the cover of a Rolling Stone
    Ain't the cover of a Rolling Stone
    And the music on my radio
    Ain't supposed to make me feel alone

    What a drag to know
    I'll have to learn to let it go

    Show me something I can be
    And play a song that I can sing
    Make me feel as I am free
    Someone come speak for me

    Well they're celebrating broken things
    I don't want a world of broken things
    You can tell that something isn't right
    When all your heroes are in black and white

    What a drag to say
    At least I still have yesterday

    Show me something I can be
    And play a song that I can sing
    Make me feel as I am free
    Someone come speak for me

    I'm not mad about it
    But I'm not mad about it
    I'm not mad about it
    But I'm not that mad about it

    Just show me something I can be
    And play a song that I can sing
    Make me feel as I am free
    Someone come speak for me
    ebinellison May 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment*Thank you for the lyrics correction, above!!

    How cool is it that I get to be first in posting about this song? I am so cool. And it's even been more than a year. Many of you may have felt the same way I did when I first heard this song. Why would he want anyone else to speak for him?? I didn't really know how to feel about it besides weird.

    But after I heard this song about five or six times, I thought to myself, this has to be simple. I'm just making it hard....what the fuck is he saying?!?

    And I believe that what he's saying basically is this: that there's no one of his generation, who gets airplay these days, who really speaks to him or for him through their music. He favors vintage songwriters aka 'heroes in black and white' (he even throws in a Simon/Garfunkel chord progression here). He yearns to find someone present-day who he's passionate about. Who can make him feel as if he's a part of one human family aka 'ain't supposed to make me feel alone' or make him feel 'free'?

    He's not gonna be 'mad about it' and realizes he just has to 'learn to let it go' just like anything else that plagues him as opposed to letting it ruin him.

    A 'rolling stone gathers no moss' references 'the cover of a Rolling Stone ain't a cover of a rollin stone' in the respect that Rolling Stone is a trash publication, run by a brat frat (hehe my opinion) unlike what it used to be, back in the day. When you were on the cover of RS, it used to mean something!! Unlike today, where you find anyone and everyone on the cover.

    He is lamenting that there's plenty of moss to be found. Maybe he's saying it's not the movers and the shakers, it's the money makers. It's not heart and soul, it's moneyed control. (I stopped reading it when they featured a 17-yo Britney in a sexy David LaChappelle spread. Creepy.)

    All I have to say about this is: what a drag it must be to be such a phenomenal songwriter. I have no idea why you in particular, are so unique in this area. For whatever reason, you are blessed and WE are blessed by your music. If you have found *anyone* who inspires you, old or new, count yourself as fortunate. In general, just count your blessings. Keep doing what you're great at. You are part of a new movement and you are inspiring those around you, far and wide. Statistically, you can't be alone. It's impossible. Hold the flame for thousands of songwriters to arrive and inspire us all with whatever they're inspired by and whatever insights they care to share about what it means to be human. And please don't ever stop. Amen.
    KatieClearon July 16, 2013   Link

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