"Not Myself" as written by and John Mayer....
Suppose I said
I am on my best behavior
there are times
I lose my worried mind

Would you want me when I'm not myself?
Wait it out while I am someone else?

Suppose I said
Colors change for no good reason
words will go
From poetry to prose

Would you want me when I'm not myself?
Wait it out while I am someone else?

And I, in time, will come around, come around
I always do for you

Suppose I said
You're my saving grace?

My grace
My self
Not myself, my myself and I,
When I'm someone else
When I'm someone else
When I'm someone else
When I'm not myself

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"Not Myself" as written by John Clayton Mayer

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    General CommentI'm in a relationship with somebody who is bipolar. I never really understood this song until we started spending more time around eachother and he would tell me what it was like in his mind sometimes.
    One day he went, "I worry I'm going to do something to scare you away."
    "Suppose I said I am on my best behavior," really hit me hard because this person I really care for is trying his hardest to be on his 'best behavior' for me and himself and his family. But there are still times when I don't even recognize him - he's so down or whatever - but it always gets better. "Wait it out while I am someone else."
    Perhaps this is the anthem of anybody with a mental illness.
    waxpoeticon April 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentGeeze this reminds me of a situation that my friend had with a girl. Everyday he would ask me how he could start a conversation with this girl. I just told him to cut loose, just like he was tlaking to me. He claimed that he could never really show his real self, telling the girl what he was really interested in and all. He finally did cut loose and showed his real self and actually went on a date with the girl. :o)
    FRoguy940on April 25, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who acts kinda stupid around his girl. He really loves her but she tries to change him, to make him a "better" person. But he just wants to know:
    "would you want me when m not myself
    wait it out while I am someone else"
    He's saying is that really how you want me, don't you want me for the person I really am and not for who you want me to be?... and she's waiting it out while he's someone else.. thinking sooner or later he will become this "great" guy that she wants.. but in actuality he just wants her to accept him for the person he is.. however pad that may seem to her.
    Kerbixson April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentWell i don't agree with most of the comments posted in here.. I think this is about a guy singing to his girlfriend.. Wondering, if she'd stay with him no matter what.. Everyone has those times when they're not themselves, they are irritated, they become somewhat agressives..
    This is about the guy asking her if she's staying with him, not only in the good times, but also in the dark ones, "for better or for worse".
    Anyway i can be wrong, but that's what it means to me
    Daed_choiceon December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, this song is definitely about a guy who hasn't been showing his real self to the girl he likes and is worried that when he does, she's not going to accept him for who he is. i think lots of people can relate to that.
    Silver.Pixieon April 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthes worried about showing his deeper feelings to this girl
    "suppose I said
    colors change for no good reason
    words will go
    from poetry to prose "
    he feels like he cant say the stuff he really thinks because of her reaction. but who would react badly to john mayer?! :o
    meggymac31on May 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commentman this is such a great song, so many times ive wanted to just let it all out to a girl and just hold it back, that totally relates to the song,
    "there are times i lose my worried mind........"
    NeverEnufRoxon May 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentand i,
    in time,
    will come around.
    i always do,
    for you.*
    what a wonderful line. john mayer is amazing, almost as amazing as dave matthews and ben kweller.
    agesixraceron June 03, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think that this song can apply to anyone in any situation. everyone goes through those periods when they are not acting quite like themselves. "and right in time, come around. i always do for you." those lyrics are true and any good relationship. if anyone truly cares for you, they will wait for you to come back around.
    chibizenaon June 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think the girl might already know him, because he asks "would you want me when I'm not myself." So I always assumed that she knew him, he was simply asking if she loved him enough to go through the tough times with him, wait it out while hes "someone else" struggling with his inner battles. And once he has fought his fight and gained his footing again, he'll come around again for her, because even though he was acting different his love for her never changed, and she is his "saving grace," she motivated him and the thought of her got him through it. Anyway, that's what I got out of it the first time I listened.
    voodoochld000on June 09, 2002   Link

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