"If I Ever Get Around To Living" as written by and John Mayer....
If I ever get around to living
I'm gonna put my things away
In the drawers and in the closets
And there I'll stay, stay

If I ever get around to living
It'll be just like I dreamed
I'm gonna take the love I'm given
And set it free, free

If I ever get around to living
I'll take the end of every day
Tie it up to every morning
And sail away, away

Free
Free

Maybe it's all a dream
I'm having at seventeen
I don't have tattoos
And very soon
Mother will be calling me
Saying "come up stairs,
You got some work to do"

When you gonna wise up, boy?
When you gonna wise up, boy?
When you gonna wise up, boy?
When you gonna wise up, boy?

You are hiding in your mind
Working all the time
Trying to make it better than you got it

You been spending all your time
Searching for a sign
That's never gonna look the way you want it

I think you better wise up, boy
I think you better wise up, boy
I think you better wise up, boy
I think you better wise up, boy


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"If I Ever Get Around to Living" as written by John Mayer

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    General CommentOne of John's most brilliant tracks vocally.

    As for lyrically, it's all about him growing up. From being you and naive (no tattoos) to straightening up (wise up, boy). This and Speak For Me go hand and hand.
    kennedyAMon May 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts about a dreamer, you know how sometimes you daydream and say if i could get this then i would do that...Or if i had this then i would be able to do that....This is about a person who just keeps dreaming (maybe him) and in the end he says "You been spending all your time, Searching for a sign That's never gonna look the way you want it...when you gone wise up"

    basically stop dreaming and start "Living".Life NEVER happens the way you want!

    ...Interestingly enough I never thought about this as the meaning until I READ the lyrics...
    arr109on August 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI hear a nod to Amy Mann here. What a great lyric:

    "You are hiding in your mind
    Working all the time
    Trying to make it better than you got it

    You been spending all your time
    Searching for a sign
    That's never gonna look the way you want it"

    I love that he is introspective yet willing to look bad here.
    Very liberating, not just for himself but for anyone who gets it.

    Reminds me of "You get there by realizing that you ARE there."
    (Buddhist saying)
    KatieClearon July 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentIt's "It's gonna be just like I dreamed" rather than "It'll be just like I dreamed".
    Great song about missing youth and coming to terms with being an adult, like many of the songs on this album.
    BobTheRhinoon November 06, 2013   Link
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    General CommentJust saw John play this song live in New Orleans on the Born and Raised tour. Before he played it he introduced it by saying this song is about no more new years resolutions, and that he's ready to finally get around to living. He also said it's a story told in 3 parts. I cant remember what each part was, but I know the middle about "Maybe its all a dream" He called part 2: the dream. and then i think he said part 3: the resolution about the part "I think you better wise up boy"

    very cool song. Loved it live!
    kvwilkon December 10, 2013   Link

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