Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey
John Mayer Lyrics


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We pick up in New York City
I'm trying to find the man I never got to be
But when I push down on the pavement
I found the whole thing so much harder than it seemed

The only deal I ever signed
No devil drew a dotted line
The stage was set, the words were mine
I'm not complaining

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Water, water, water
Sleep
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Wake up, shake it off
And repeat

It's just a phase
It's not forever
It's just a phase
But I still might have a ways to go

Every night around this time
My friends and I, we treat it like a race
But when I really start to break it down
I wouldn't trust a girl who knew about this place

Walking on with no one left
Speak softly underneath my breath
Hey world you ain't seen nothing yet
Hey now, it's waiting.

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Water, water, water
Sleep
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Wake up, shake it off
And repeat

It's just a phase
It's not forever
It's just a phase
But I still might have a ways

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Water, water, water
Sleep
Dreamed somebody missed me
Wake up, shake it off
And repeat it, repeat it, repeat after me

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Water, water, water
Sleep
Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Cut me off and pour me in the street

Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey




Water, water, water
Sleep

Overall Meaning

The opening of John Mayer's song "Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey" sees the artist reminiscing about his life in New York City, reflecting on his past dreams and aspirations. He refers to "the man [he] never got to be," suggesting that he may have had a goal or purpose that he never achieved. The physical struggle of pushing down on the pavement gives the listener insight into how difficult it can be trying to achieve one's dreams. Despite facing challenges, he acknowledges that he is not complaining and may still have a long way to go before he is satisfied with his life.


Mayer then shifts the narrative to his present state, where he turns to alcohol as a means of escape. The repetition of "whiskey, whiskey, whiskey" and "water, water, water" throughout the lyrics highlights the repetition in his habits. He drinks to sleep, wakes up, shakes it off, and repeats the cycle. Despite acknowledging that it's just a phase and not forever, he admits he still has a ways to go. Moreover, he alludes to the fact that he may not make the best decisions when he's drunk, as he wouldn't trust a girl who knew about "this place" – most likely a drinking spot.


Another interesting aspect of the song is its instrumental arrangement. "Whiskey Whiskey Whiskey" features Mayer's signature bluesy guitar licks complemented by a drum beat that mimics a drunken stagger, conveying a sense of inebriation. The song's pacing matches the lyrics – initially slower and more contemplative, then picking up pace as Mayer delves into his drinking habits. So, the song paints a vivid picture of Mayer's struggles with his self-image, the monotony of drinking, and his ultimate goal to find some peace in his life.


Line by Line Meaning

We pick up in New York City
The story starts in New York City


I'm trying to find the man I never got to be
I'm trying to discover my true identity


But when I push down on the pavement
Although I push down on the pavement, I don't feel like I'm getting any closer to my goal


I found the whole thing so much harder than it seemed
I found the journey to self-discovery to be more difficult than I anticipated


The only deal I ever signed
The only agreement I ever made


No devil drew a dotted line
No one forced me or tricked me into signing


The stage was set, the words were mine
I had complete control over the situation


I'm not complaining
I'm not unhappy with the way things turned out


Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Drinking whiskey to cope with my problems


Water, water, water
Drinking water to hydrate myself


Sleep
Falling asleep after drinking


Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey
Continuing to drink whiskey to numb my feelings


Wake up, shake it off
Waking up and trying to move on from my struggles


And repeat
Continuing this pattern of drinking and trying to move on


It's just a phase
My current struggles are temporary


It's not forever
This difficult time will eventually end


But I still might have a ways to go
But I still might have some hurdles to overcome


Every night around this time
Every night, at this hour


My friends and I, we treat it like a race
My friends and I compete to see who can drink the most


But when I really start to break it down
But when I reflect on the situation


I wouldn't trust a girl who knew about this place
I wouldn't trust someone who knows about this lifestyle and still participates in it


Walking on with no one left
Continuing on alone because my friends have left


Speak softly underneath my breath
Speaking softly to myself


Hey world you ain't seen nothing yet
I haven't begun to truly show the world what I'm capable of


Hey now, it's waiting.
The world is waiting for me


Dreamed somebody missed me
Having a dream that someone missed me


Cut me off and pour me in the street
Making a reference to someone cutting off my supply of alcohol and kicking me out into the street




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Written by: JOHN MAYER

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