"The Age of Worry" as written by and John Mayer....
Close your eyes and clone yourself
Build your heart and army
To defend your innocence
While you do everything wrong

Don't be scared to walk alone
Don't be scared to like it
There's no time that you must be home
So sleep where your darkness falls

Alive in the age of worry
Smile in the age of worry
Go wild in the age of worry
And sing Worry, why should I care?

No you fight is not within
Yours is with your timing
Dream your dreams but don't pretend
Be friends with what you are
Give your heart then change your mind
You're allowed to do it
'Cause God knows it's been done to you
And somehow you got through it

Alive in the age of worry
Rage in the age of worry
Sing out in the age of worry
And sing Worry, why should I care?

Rage in the age of worry
Act your age in the age of worry
And sing Worry, get out of here!


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"The Age of Worry" as written by John Mayer

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is so hopeful.

    Sometimes I wonder if he is trying to give us hope, or trying to give it to himself.
    hopeishere56on October 01, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My OpinionLife keeps happening. Problems move along, as do successes. Be true to who you are. Don't pretend to be someone else. Don't worry and just live.
    amyank489on March 21, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI can see this song as a commencement speech for graduating college students.
    I have always listened to the song in the context of "know your fight is not within". In these terms it's the understanding of where your problem truly lies. There will be times where you will be in such a despair, you will think you have lost yourself. But as John says, it's not necessarily that you are the problem, but the timing of everything.
    You will be burned and burn others as life progresses. You can dream, however make sure you live your life too and not have your goals and fantasies just be in your head.

    I love the lines
    "give your heart then change your mind, you're allowed to do it", especially the emphasis in his punching of the words. We shouldn't feel guilty for growing towards different directions from our partners. I think of two things when I hear this line. first, it's his acceptance of his parents divorce. Of course he is devastated that they have split up, but he understands that people change and as they change so do their needs/ values. He is acting very mature. Second, I think of this song as a continuation of the main ideology of "Wheel". Life goes in full circle and this age of worry will pass too. We just keep on moving along in life and this moment of worry is just that; a moment. We will get past this.
    Spazysuzanneon May 24, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favorite line is "don't be scared to walk alone, don't be scared to like it," because i think it is saying that you should go on your own oath and enjoy it.
    jmusic10on May 31, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSong to reassure one to have no fear.
    sicboion August 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Mayer's parents were academics and wanted him to follow a similar path. But of course he chose to carve out his own path.
    I think this song celebrates freedom. You gotta love your freedom and cherish your free-will.
    Well, that's how i see it.
    Love this song. " RAGE IN THE AGE OF WORRY!!"
    mkothari8on November 30, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've tried to make changes to the lyrics because some of them are slightly wrong but it doesn't seem to want to accept them

    Should be

    "Know your fight is not with them
    Yours is with your time here"

    and it's
    "Sing out in the age of worry
    and say worry, why should I care?"
    JennP265on January 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think you're onto something, about his parents here. I think he's saying that while you're young make the most of making mistakes. Be surprised at what you like and enjoy your parents and others being worried about you to the MAX hehe

    I love these lyrics: "No you fight is not within
    Yours is with your timing
    Dream your dreams but don't pretend
    Be friends with what you are
    Give your heart then change your mind
    You're allowed to do it
    'Cause God knows it's been done to you
    And somehow you got through it"

    I think he's saying to just let yourself BE and enjoy whatever life's processes you're experiencing. Perhaps he's giving advice to his own child, in a way that will allow their creativity and self-esttem to flourish and thrive.

    "To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man." - William Shakespeare
    KatieClearon July 16, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionbest song when you are under alot of stress. WORRY, GET OUT OF HERE(:
    kkshaeon April 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is like a motto to me all of it. John has always given me hope to move forward in life and do wat i love and whenever i lose hope or i'm tense these days, i just listen to dis song and stop worrying
    RupnishaMayeron June 14, 2012   Link

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