"Great Indoors" as written by and John Mayer....
Check your pulse
Its proof that you're not listening to
The call your life's been issuing you
The rhythm of a line of idle days

Scared of the world outside you should go explore
Pull all the shades and wander the great indoors
The great indoors

Lamplight makes the shadows play
And posters take the walls away
The TV is your window pane
The view wont let you down

So put your faith in a late night show
I bet you didn't even know
Depends on how far out you go
The channel numbers change

Scared of the world outside you should go explore
Pull all the shades and wander the great indoors

Though lately I cant blame you
I have seen the world
And sometimes wish your room had room for two

So go unlock the door
And find what you are here for
Leave the great indoors
Please leave the great indoors

Check your pulse
Its proof that you're not listening to
The call your life's been issuing you
The rhythm of a line of idle days


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"Great Indoors" as written by John Clayton Mayer

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    General Commenti know that i am probably wrong but to me this song is about being scared of getting hurt and maybe missing out on something that could be really great
    specialK37on June 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song means to live your life to the fullest. sure you will have your downs, but thats when you grow as a person. i believe that we all have a purpose in life and we all need to find out what it is and not just waste our days away on useless things that won't matter in the end.
    emopunkfanon April 14, 2002   Link
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    General Commentamen
    LILJCOXon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song defines my current situation. i'm always at home because my parents don't allow me to go out too much, but it's like i'm stuck at home when life has been calling and knocking on my door.

    in this song i think john's realizing that the world isn't the greates place that's why he 'sometimes wishes [whoevers] room had room for two' but then again why not make the best of what like has to offer and leave the great indoors.
    riotgrrrlravenon June 02, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti second what emopunkfan has said.. and also the last bit riogrrrlraven wrote...

    the world at times, may seem like a cruel, awful place.. but we need to work past that. like emopunkfan has said, "live your life to the fullest". .... (now quoting mayer) "find what you are here for... and leave the great indoors."
    anna118kon June 05, 2002   Link
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    General Comment"go out explore" EXACTLY........stop being a bum and go out and do things......live your life to the fullest like emopunkfan said.....SCORE.......:)
    Mere64GAon July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commentjohn explained this song when i saw his concert in berkeley as being written for a friend of his who lives his life small-scale, stays inside his hometown (farfield, connnecticut) most of the time, etc. he said "as long as you lower your expectations enough, everything in your life can seem interesting," or something to that effect.
    infixon August 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentLive your life. Another great JM song. Great lyrics.
    Zeppelynon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I can't even say enough about it. I just think it's awesome - he could have written it TO me. I'm at sort of a hard situation where I just moved to a new school and I'm inside a lot cause I don't know anyone - this song has inspired me to get out of the house when I needed to most. I love JM.
    fireplaceon March 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentPersonally to me, this song kinda reminds me of agoraphobia.

    "check your pulse" --> the racing heart of an agoraphobic scared to go outside

    "scared of the world outside you should go explore" --> self explanatory, scared of the world outside! lol

    A lot of the other lyrics seem to describe the shrinking world of an agoraphobic restricted to living in a house. "great indoors" seems to convey the idea that even the house seems huge...

    I dunno, I just got that impression :D
    junglemonkeyon February 20, 2005   Link

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