"83" as written by and John Mayer....
I've these dreams of
Walking home
Home where it used to be
And everything is
As it was
Frozen in front of me

Here I stand
6 feet small
Romanticizing years ago
But it's a bitter sweet feeling hearing
"Wrapped Around Your Finger" on the radio

And these days
I wish I was 6 again
Oh make me a red cape
I wanna be Superman

Oh, if only my life was more like 1983
All these things would be more like they
Were at the start of me
Had it made in 83

Thinking bout my brother Ben
I miss him every day
He looks just like his brother John
But on an 18 month delay

Here I stand
6 feet small
And smiling cause I'm scared as hell
Kind of like my life is like a sequel to a movie
Where the actor's names have changed
Oh well

Well these days
I wish I was 6 again
Oh make me a red cape
I wanna be Superman

Oh, if only my life was more like 1983
All these things would be more like they
Were at the start of me
If my life was more like 1983
Plot a course to the source of the
Purest little part of me

And most my memories
Have escaped me
Or confused themselves within dreams
If heaven's all we want it to be
Send your prayers to me
Care of 1983

You can paint that house a rainbow of colors
Rip out the floorboards
Replace the shutters but
That's my plastic in the dirt

Whatever happened to my
Whatever happened to my
Whatever happened to my lunchbox
When came the day that it got
Thrown away and don't you think I should have had some say
In that decision

If only my life (repeated till fade)


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"83" as written by John Clayton Mayer

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song is so endearing. All the mass of worries we have now didn't exist when we were 6... How come we hurry to grow up and then wish we were small again?
    white_doveon May 01, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love "kinda like my life is like a sequel to a movie where the actors names have changed oh well" so true. i mean, do you get it? his life is just replaying itself over and over making the same mistakes and the only difference is it's with different people (aka actors)...i feel that. its so me.
    curlieqz79on May 13, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"you can paint that house a rainbow of colors
    rip out the floorboards
    and replace the the shutters
    but that's my plastic in the dirt"

    This strong strikes me for a number of reasons: I was 5 in 1983 so the references hit home...I remember watching the Wrapped Around Your Finger video on MTV (when they still played music). The last bit gets me because yes, someday my boyhood home will be sold but no matter how it changes, my GI Joes are still buried in various places around it. I think on a deeper level, it says that no matter what changes in our lives, there are some things about us, call them memories or what have you that will never change.
    CroneCircuson July 01, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree. Being six, carefree, innocent, pure and happy. Those were the days.

    (There are two versions of Room for Squares?)
    anna118kon April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti really wish i could be six no worries no girls or schoolwork i would just love to go back and ride my bke up and down my street playing cops and robbers with my neighbor sometimes i would go to the park with my grandfather those were the good days
    DaveGod2288on April 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen he says that he mixes his memories up with dreams...its so true i do it all the time and sometimes i just wish i could live the memories all over again. i totally realte to him...
    Jackie1228on May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the way he has taken such simple stuff and made it into an amazing song. "thats my plastic in the dirt." you know what? Whatever happend to my lunchbox. A question that does not get asked enough...
    Monkey_magicon August 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song just makes me wish i was six again, when i didn't have anything really to worry about, except waking up late on saturday morning missing cartoons. I don't know, this song is great just like the entire room for squares cd - both versions.
    FRoguy940on April 25, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah there was a release on aware records (different mixes of some songs) and after that sony picked him up, and re-mixed the cd, adding the track "3x5."
    FRoguy940on April 30, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti guess its just one of those great mysteries of life..
    LILJCOXon May 09, 2002   Link

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