If I Ever Get Around to Living
John Mayer Lyrics


Jump to: Overall Meaning ↴  Line by Line Meaning ↴

If I ever get around to living
I'm gonna put my things away
In the drawers and in the closets
And there I'll stay, stay

If I ever get around to living
It'll be just like I dreamed
I'm gonna take the love I'm given
And set it free, free

If I ever get around to living
I'll take the end of every day
Tie it up to every morning
And sail away, away

Free
Free

Maybe it's all a dream
I'm having at seventeen
I don't have tattoos
And very soon
Mother will be calling me
Saying "come up stairs,
You got some work to do"

When you gonna wise up, boy?
When you gonna wise up, boy?
When you gonna wise up, boy?
When you gonna wise up, boy?

You are hiding in your mind
Working all the time
Trying to make it better than you got it

You been spending all your time
Searching for a sign
That's never gonna look the way you want it

I think you better wise up, boy
I think you better wise up, boy




I think you better wise up, boy
I think you better wise up, boy

Overall Meaning

The song "If I Ever Get Around to Living" by John Mayer explores the longing for a better life and the struggle to attain it. The first verse presents the desire to put our lives in order and to stay there, indicating a sense of settling down and finding stability. The second verse reinforces the dreamlike quality of this vision, as the singer imagines taking the love he is given and setting it free. Finally, the third verse presents the idea of escaping to a better life, as the singer plans to tie up the ends of each day and sail away. The repetition of the word "free" emphasizes the desire for liberation from the burdens of daily life.


The song's bridge acknowledges the possibility that this life is nothing more than a dream, and suggests that the singer may still be young and inexperienced. The arrival of the mother's command to come upstairs and do some work reinforces this youthfulness and the idea that real life is still ahead. The chorus, which repeats the phrase "When you gonna wise up, boy?" over and over, suggests that the singer is still naive and has yet to figure out how to live his life fully.


Overall, the song is a meditation on the struggle to live a fulfilling life, and the ways that our hopes and dreams can be hampered by self-doubt and uncertainty. The repeated refrain of "when you gonna wise up, boy?" suggests that the singer needs to grow and mature in order to truly achieve his goals.


Line by Line Meaning

If I ever get around to living
When I finally start living my life to the fullest


I'm gonna put my things away
I'll organize my life and put everything in order


In the drawers and in the closets
Everything will have a home and a place where it belongs


And there I'll stay, stay
I'll be content and settled in my life


It'll be just like I dreamed
My life will be fulfilling and satisfying


I'm gonna take the love I'm given
I'll appreciate the love given to me


And set it free, free
I'll share that love and not hold onto it tightly


I'll take the end of every day
At the end of every day, I'll reflect on what I've accomplished


Tie it up to every morning
I'll start the new day with the knowledge and motivation to keep going


And sail away, away
I'll move forward towards my goals and dreams


Maybe it's all a dream
Perhaps life is just a dream


I'm having at seventeen
That I had at age seventeen


I don't have tattoos
I haven't done anything adventurous or risky


And very soon
I'll be starting my adult life


Mother will be calling me
My responsibilities and obligations will increase


Saying 'come up stairs,
I'll be called to take on more tasks


You got some work to do'
I'll have more responsibilities to take care of


When you gonna wise up, boy?
When are you going to start making better choices?


You are hiding in your mind
By not taking action, I'm holding myself back mentally


Working all the time
I'm too focused on my work and not my life


Trying to make it better than you got it
I'm constantly trying to improve my situation


You been spending all your time
I'm not taking the time to enjoy life and live in the present


Searching for a sign
Looking for direction or guidance


That's never gonna look the way you want it
I won't always find the answers or guidance that I'm looking for


I think you better wise up, boy
It's time to start making better choices and live my life wisely




Lyrics © REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING
Written by: JOHN MAYER

Lyrics Licensed & Provided by LyricFind
To comment on or correct specific content, highlight it

Genre not found
Artist not found
Album not found
Song not found

More Versions