Something Like Olivia
John Mayer Lyrics


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Well Olivia is taken
But a look like hers can be found from time to time
Yeah Olivia is taken
But a look like hers can be found from time to time

I'm thinking something like Olivia
Is what I need to find
There's only one man in this world
Who gets to sleep with her by his side
There's only man in this world
Who gets to sleep with her by his side

I'm thinking something like Olivia
Could keep me through the night

Now I'm not trying to steal
No lover away from no one, man
No I'm not trying to steal
No lover away from no one, man

But if Olivia herself rolled up my door
I'd have to say I'd let her in

Something like Olivia
Something like Olivia
Something like Olivia
Something like Olivia

I keep thinking something like Olivia
Is what I need to find
Something like Olivia




Something like Olivia
Something like Olivia

Overall Meaning

John Mayer’s “Something Like Olivia” is a song about desire and longing for someone who is unattainable. Mayer’s protagonist has his eyes set on Olivia, a woman who is already taken. Despite this, he can’t help but be attracted to her striking looks, and even compares her beauty to something that can only be found from time to time. The singer-songwriter acknowledges that Olivia is someone else’s lover, and he’s not trying to steal her away from anyone. But if he had the chance, he would let her in because he longs to have someone like Olivia by his side to keep him through the night.


The repeated line “Something like Olivia” in the chorus is an insistent admission of the singer’s desire for a woman like her. The comparison to Olivia connects to the singer’s previous relationships and his desire to find someone he can’t forget. The track’s rock-heavy instrumentals and John Mayer’s soulful guitar work serve to reinforce the song’s raunchy mood throughout. Ultimately, the chorus lyrics encapsulate the overall message of the song; Mayer is not seeking to replace Olivia’s current partner, but rather to find something like Olivia for himself.


Line by Line Meaning

Well Olivia is taken
Olivia is already in a relationship.


But a look like hers can be found from time to time
However, there are other women out there who resemble Olivia.


Yeah Olivia is taken
Again, Olivia is already taken by someone else.


But a look like hers can be found from time to time
Despite this fact, there are still other women out there with similar looks.


I'm thinking something like Olivia
The artist is desiring a woman who has similar qualities to Olivia.


Is what I need to find
He wants to find a woman who resembles Olivia in order to fulfill his desires.


There's only one man in this world
Only one man is currently in a relationship with Olivia.


Who gets to sleep with her by his side
That man is the only one who has the privilege of sleeping next to Olivia.


I'm thinking something like Olivia
Once again, the artist desires a woman who has similar qualities to Olivia.


Could keep me through the night
He believes that being with someone like Olivia would provide him with comfort.


Now I'm not trying to steal
Although he desires a woman like Olivia, he does not intend to break up her current relationship.


No lover away from no one, man
He does not wish to take anyone's partner away from them.


But if Olivia herself rolled up my door
However, if Olivia were to come to him of her own accord...


I'd have to say I'd let her in
...he would not reject her advances.


Something like Olivia
Once again, the singer desires a woman with similar attributes to Olivia.


Something like Olivia
He repeats this desire for emphasis.


Something like Olivia
Once again, the artist desires a woman with similar attributes to Olivia.




Lyrics © REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING
Written by: JOHN MAYER

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Comments from YouTube:

@freedmrydr

I got the beginning part down perfect!... My guitar is now tuned :-)

@sasmitha8446

Hahahaha

@Andy-cr2nn

it's tuned to E-E-E-E-E

@cosi6213

It's just standard tuning

@Raxzory

No it is not

@cosi6213

Uhm yeah it is? It's just played in standard tuning.

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he says "cool" as if he didn't just inspire an entire generation of guitar players

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Hahahaha "cool" .... Fuck that made me laugh lol

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Indeed

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