Heartbreak Warfare
John Mayer Lyrics


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Lightning strike
Inside my chest to keep me up at night
Dream of ways
To make you understand my pain

Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare
If you want more love
Why don't you say so?
If you want more love
Why don't you say so?

Drop his name
Push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face
As I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain

Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare
If you want more love
Why don't you say so?
If you want more love
Why don't you say so?
Just say so

How come the only way to know how high you get me
Is to see how far I fall?
God only knows how much I'd love you if you let me
But I can't break through at all
It's a heart, heartbreak

I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
Let's just fix this whole thing now
I swear to God we're gonna get it right
If you lay your weapon down
Red wine and Ambien
You're talking shit again
It's heartbreak warfare
Good to know it's all a game
Disappointment has a name
It's heartbreak, heartbreak

It's heartbreak warfare




It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare

Overall Meaning

"Heartbreak Warfare" is a song by John Mayer that offers a powerful image of the battlefield of love. The lyrics initially portray a narrative of an internal battle within the heart. The lighting strike inside the chest is a metaphorical reference to the electrifying feeling when one is in love, while dreaming of ways to make someone understand the pain of heartbreak. The following lines, "Clouds of sulfur in the air, bombs are falling everywhere" set an ominous tone, suggesting that the fight is external and the war of love is never simple nor straightforward. The theme "once you want it to begin, no one ever really wins," creates a paradox where love brings a sense of hope to the heart, but with the reality that it can lead to heartbreak.


Further in the song, Mayer describes a relationship where one is pushing the other away by mentioning "Drop his name, push it in, and twist the knife again." It's a clear statement of someone who wants to leave the person they're with, but do not directly call it quits. The line "As I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain," suggests that although the person is trying to hold themselves together, the pain of the relationship can still be felt. The chorus remains consistent, asking why the other person doesn't speak up if they want more love.


Overall, "Heartbreak Warfare" reveals a bitter and harsh reality that comes with extreme infatuation and the price one pays for it. The lyrics hold a metaphorical strength of love being a war that sometimes does not have a winner.


Line by Line Meaning

Lightning strike
I feel a sudden and intense pain, like a bolt of lightning, in my chest.


Inside my chest to keep me up at night
The pain is causing me to have sleepless nights and is affecting me deeply.


Dream of ways
I constantly think of ways to help you understand the emotional pain that I'm going through.


To make you understand my pain
I want you to comprehend the anguish I'm experiencing because of our broken relationship.


Clouds of sulfur in the air
The tension and negativity between us are as toxic as clouds of sulfur.


Bombs are falling everywhere
Our fights are like bombs exploding uncontrollably, causing destruction and chaos.


It's heartbreak warfare
Our relationship has turned into a harmful and hurtful war, causing pain to both of us.


Once you want it to begin
Starting a fight comes easy to you, but it's not healthy for either of us.


No one really ever wins
In our arguments, there is no clear winner, and both of us are left hurt in the end.


If you want more love
If you want our relationship to flourish, we need to work on loving each other better.


Why don't you say so?
Instead of fighting, let's communicate and be open with each other about our feelings and needs.


Drop his name
You keep bringing up the past and using it as a weapon against me.


Push it in and twist the knife again
You purposely hurt me by digging the dagger of past mistakes deeper into my heart.


Watch my face
You observe my reactions to your hurtful words, but I try to hide my pain by pretending it doesn't affect me.


As I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain
I pretend to be strong and unaffected by your words, but in reality, the pain is too much to bear.


How come the only way to know how high you get me
The only way for you to see the depth of my love for you is when I fall into pieces and reach the lowest point of my life.


Is to see how far I fall?
You only realize how much you mean to me when I'm broken and struggling in life without you.


God only knows how much I'd love you if you let me
I have an immense amount of love for you, and only God knows how profound my love is for you if you give me a chance.


But I can't break through at all
I'm unable to make you understand the depth of my emotions and feelings, no matter how hard I try.


I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
I'm willing to stay up all night to work through our problems and fix our destructive relationship.


Let's just fix this whole thing now
We need to address our issues and work to fix our broken relationship before it's too late.


I swear to God we're gonna get it right
I'm hopeful that if we communicate and work together, we can make our relationship healthy and happy again.


If you lay your weapon down
Let's put an end to our fights and arguments to start building a stronger relationship together.


Red wine and Ambien
Drinking red wine and taking Ambien, a sleeping pill, is not a healthy way to deal with our issues.


You're talking shit again
You're bringing up past mistakes and using it against me to hurt me again.


Good to know it's all a game
It's sad to realize that our relationship has turned into a hurtful game, and we need to stop it immediately.


Disappointment has a name
The constant heartbreak and letdowns have taken a toll on me, and it has now turned into a permanent feeling of disappointment.


It's heartbreak, heartbreak
Our relationship is suffocating, and it's breaking my heart into tiny pieces.


It's heartbreak warfare
We need to stop the toxic cycle of our fighting and arguments and work together to make our relationship healthy again.




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Written by: John Mayer

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@sungamer7755

Lyrics:
Lightning strike
Inside, my chest to keep me up at night
Dream of ways
To make you understand my pain
Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin,
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare
If you want more love,
Why don't you say so?
If you want more love,
Why don't you say so?
Drop his name
Push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face
As I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain
Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin,
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare
If you want more love,
Why don't you say so?
If you want more love,
Why don't you say so?
Just say so
How come the only way to know how high you get me
Is to see how far I fall
God only knows how much I'd love you if you let me
But I can't break through at all.
It's a heart, heartbreak
I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
Let's just fix this whole thing now
I swear to God we're gonna get it right
If you lay your weapon down
Red wine and Ambien
You're talking shit again, it's heartbreak warfare
Good to know it's all a game
Disappointment has a name, it's heartbreak, heartbreak
It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare



@578maria

Lightning strikes
Inside my chest to keep me up at night
Dream of ways
To make you understand my pain
Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin,
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare
If you want more love why don't you say so?
If you want more love why don't you say so?
Drop his name
Push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face
As I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain
Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin,
No one really ever wins
In heartbreak warfare.
If you want more love why don't you say so?
If you want more love why don't you say so?
Just say so...
How come the only way to know how high you get me is to see how far I fall?
God only knows how much I'd love you if you let me but I can't break through it all.
It's a heart... heartbreak...
I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
Let's just fix this whole thing now
I swear to God we're gonna get it right
If you lay your weapon down
Red wine and ambient
You're talking shit again, it's heartbreak warfare
Good to know it's all a game
Disappointment has a name, it's heartbreak, heartbreak.
It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare
It's heartbreak warfare



@romanstefano3597

That opening riff is
a little reminiscent of
U2's 'Bad'/Asus4/A 👉D
(+Dsus4 in Bad)
but not as much as
'Take My Picture' by
Filter. 😉

Just goes to show,
there's only so many
variations of chords
to play, but a great song
is a great song. ✊😎
💙&🎵



@ewertonmarcal9022

Heartbreak warfare — John Mayer – Lyrics

Lighting strikes inside my chest to keep me up at night
Dream of ways to make you understand my pain

Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin
No one really ever wins in heartbreak warfare

If you want more love, why don't you say so?
If you want more love, why don't you say so?

Drop his name
Push it in and twist the knife again
Watch my face as I pretend to feel no pain, pain, pain

Clouds of sulfur in the air
Bombs are falling everywhere
It's heartbreak warfare
Once you want it to begin
No one really ever wins in heartbreak warfare

If you want more love, why don't you say so?
If you want more love, why don't you say so?
Just say so

[...]

How come the only way to know how high to get me is to see how far I fall
God only knows how much I'd love you if let me
But I can't break through it all
It's a heart, heartbreak

I don't care if we don't sleep at all tonight
Let's just fix this whole thing now
I swear to God we're gonna get it right
If you lay your weapons down

Red wine and ambient
You're talking shit again
Heartbreak warfare
Good to know it's all a game
Disappoinment has a name, it's: heartbreak, heartbreak

It's heartbreak warfare (3x)



@sheilaanderson8950

I have a STENT IN THE RUGHT SIDE OF MY HEART THATS ALLOWING
ME MORE YEARS TO MY LIFE, SO
FAR SO GOOD, DOING FINE...
BUT, WE PLAYED YOUR MUSIC ON THE WAY TO OUR HOLUDAY DESTINATION, IT'S THE "PARADISE HEAVEN" CD NY SON, KINDLY BROUGHT ME, SO WE CAN SING ALONG IN MY CAR, WE BEING MY GRANDAUGHTERS, SORAYA-SKYE, AGE 6YRS, AND LILYELLA-LOUISE, AGE 8YRS, OMG THEY QUICKLY PICKED UP ON THOSE LOVELY WORDS IN THE VARIOUS SONGS
SO WHAT FUN, AND HAPPINESS
YOUR SONG'S BROUGHT US ON THIS GREAT HOLIDAY...THANK YOU JOHN FROM THE BOTTOM OF
MY HEART, KEEP SINGING FOR THE
LOVE OF IT..ITS WHAT YOU DO
BEST, GOD BLESS YOU, ALWAYS.😀😀🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🤞🤞🤞👏👏👏🌹🌹🌹🎸🎶🎻🎧🎷🎻🥁🎹🎸🎸🎸❤❤❤



All comments from YouTube:

@zeusthanos7467

10 years ago I was single, alone and miserable, John Mayer's songs we a comforting solace to a drunk who couldn't hold down a relationship, even when my life literally depended on it. Fast forward 10years, I'm 7 years sober, married with 3 kids and just found John again, to listen and remind me where I was and where I am now.

@AlishaDasluv99

That's great! More power to you, man.

@__Paul__

Once you realize that the alcohol makes no difference, then you realize it is all about YOU, without any excuses. IF you are still married, it has less to do with alcohol, and FAR MORE to do with the fact that YOU showed up, and you did it while you still had time. Keep it up. Show her why she is important to you.


It doesn't matter if you are married, or if you are just dating, be sure to remember that the courtship never ends!! For example, if you are married, call your wife at her office and tell her to pack a suitcase for the weekend. When she tries to challenge you, and ask you "where are we going?", you tell her that is for ME to know and YOU to find out! She will eat it up. She needs this storybook to unfold in front of her. DO THIS! It is senseless to do otherwise, and repeat my pain. Give your woman a sense of adventure. She deserves it.

@bg.7108

Wow, that's great! Congrats!

@candacemarcos4808

Well I suffered great trauma during my previous relationship. He hurt me so much and embarrassed me in every possible way and now I’m a drunk who can’t keep any relationship. I’m all over the place. My dreams are all nightmares now literaly. I’m just floating around shit and I can’t move. I’m so depressed. You’re lucky and I hope you realize that.

@ronil2155

@@candacemarcos4808 well take care dude

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@luukeluketer1024

I remember Eric Clapton saying that Mayer was one of the best if not the best younger all round musicians ....that super high praise......

@556mike8

Indeed!!

@naeru5810

Hes awesome 😍

@bobbywomack8262

Definitely! Indeed!

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