Who Says
John Mayer Lyrics


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Who says I can't get stoned
Turn off the lights and the telephone
Me in my house alone
Who says I can't get stoned

Who says I can't be free
From all of the things that I used to be
Rewrite my history
Who says I can't be free

It's been a long night in New York City
It's been a long night in Baton Rouge
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again, I don't remember you

Who says I can't get stoned
Call up a girl that I used to know
Fake love for an hour or so
Who says I can't get stoned

Who says I can't take time
Meet all the girls in the county line
Wait on fate to send a sign
Who says I can't take time

It's been a long night in New York City
It's been a long night in Austin too
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again I don't remember you

Who says I can't get stoned
Plan a trip to Japan alone
Doesn't matter if I even go
Who says I can't get stoned

It's been a long night in New York City
It's been a long time since twenty-two
I don't remember you looking any better




But then again I don't remember
Don't remember you

Overall Meaning

John Mayer's song Who Says describes the feeling of freedom and liberation from societal expectations and norms. The lyrics suggest that the singer is tired of living up to other people's standards and desires the ability to do what he wants, even if it means getting stoned, being alone, or making impulsive decisions. He is determined to break free from his past and rewrite his history in a way that suits him best.


The line "It's been a long night in New York City / It's been a long night in Baton Rouge" suggests that the singer has been living his life running around, trying to achieve certain things or fulfill certain obligations. However, he is not happy or satisfied with the path that he is on. He wants to break free from these preconceived notions of what his life should be about and instead focus on his innermost desires.


The song is a reflection of the societal pressures that individuals often face and the urge to break away from them. The lyrics suggest that living a life that is true to oneself, despite the expectations of others, is the only way to find genuine happiness and freedom.


Line by Line Meaning

Who says I can't get stoned
I have the right to relax and enjoy myself without judgement.


Turn off the lights and the telephone
Create an environment of peace and calm for myself.


Me in my house alone
I have the freedom to do what I want in my own space.


Who says I can't be free
I have the power to break free from my past and start anew.


From all of the things that I used to be
I can shed my old identities and pursue new paths for myself.


Rewrite my history
I have control over my own narrative and can change it as I please.


It's been a long night in New York city
I've been through a lot and I'm tired, but I keep going.


It's been a long night in Baton Rouge
I've also been through struggles in other places.


I don't remember you looking any better
I can't recall much about my past, including specific people.


But then again, I don't remember you
I'm not hung up on the past or any particular person.


Call up a girl that I used to know
I have the ability to revisit previous relationships on my terms.


Fake love for an hour or so
I can engage in temporary connections and embrace the present moment.


Who says I can't take time
I can prioritize myself and take the time for personal growth.


Meet all the girls in the county line
I can explore and interact with people from all walks of life.


Wait on fate to send a sign
I can trust the universe to reveal its plans for me in its own time.


Plan a trip to Japan alone
I can take risks and travel to far-off places on my own.


It doesn't matter if I even go
The journey is more important than the destination.


It's been a long time since 22
I'm older and wiser now, with new perspectives on life.


Don't remember you
I'm not defined by my past relationships, but by my own choices and experiences.




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Written by: John Mayer

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@abhishekghimire3539

Who says I can't get stoned
Turn off the lights and the telephone
Me in my house alone
Who says I can't get stoned
Who says I can't be free
From all of the things that I used to be
Rewrite my history
Who says I can't be free
It's been a long night in New York city
It's been a long night in Baton Rouge
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again, I don't remember you
Who says I can't get stoned
Call up a girl that I used to know
Fake love for an hour or so
Who says I can't get stoned
Who says I can't take time
Meet all the girls in the county line
Wait on fate to send a sign
Who says I can't take time
It's been a long night in New York city
It's been a long night in Austin too
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again I don't remember you
Who says I can't get stoned
Plan a trip to Japan alone
It doesn't matter if I even go
Who says I can't get stoned
It's been a long night in New York city
It's been a long time since 22
I don't remember you looking any better
But then again I don't remember
Don't remember you



All comments from YouTube:

@arinjoybasak8259

God, this song. First heard it when I was in 10th grade, making my way through school. I had no idea what lay ahead of me - what I was going to do, what I was going to achieve, the things I'd see and feel - none of it. 10 years later, just when I was questioning if I was the same person I used to be - I find this song, or, this song finds me once again. From high school to grad school; from class projects to research projects; from cartoons to movies and presentations; from crushes to real heartbreaks and meeting real women; from knowing classmates who turned on you, to unexpected friends and besties who would be there for life; from moving from one country to another - from one life to another, this has been a wonderful journey. And just listening to this song on Wednesday morning late at 2am, I realised how much of a weird, fortunate juxtaposition it was to be able to relive the same feelings I had when I first heard this song, while also re-interpreting this song in the light of what I've seen in the past 10 years.

Thanks John. Thanks for reminding me of who I used to be, and showing me how far I've come. Hope to meet you again in 10 years.

Till then... who says I can't get stoned?

@jobinc8009

Beautiful!

@aragornelessar7399

I'm not going to lie, this made me tear up a little...

@jonas8993

<3

@florjanskaza1859

Beautiful commnet:)

@Procrastian

Wonderful

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@vuhuytmtrcb4846

Its been a long time since 22. This line hits so hard.

@ryangosling5821

I wish, I’m getting so close to 22 and it scares me every time haha . How far am I getting

@seanthomasson5236

I was 22 when this came out, the line definitely hits harder now

@ajkoz9393

John said when he came up with that one specific line he broke down 😢

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