Why Georgia
John Mayer Lyrics


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I am driving up 85 in the
Kind of morning that lasts all afternoon
I'm just stuck inside the gloom
4 more exits to my apartment but
I am tempted to keep the car in drive
And leave it all behind

'Cause I wonder sometimes
About the outcome
Of a still verdictless life

Am I living it right?
Am I living it right?
Am I living it right?
Why, why Georgia, why?

I rent a room and I fill the spaces with
Wood in places to make it feel like home
But all I feel's alone
It might be a quarter life crisis
Or just the stirring in my soul

Either way I wonder sometimes
About the outcome
Of a still verdictless life

Am I living it right?
Am I living it right?
Am I living it right?
Why, why Georgia, why?

So what, so I've got a smile on
But it's hiding the quiet superstitions in my head
Don't believe me
Don't believe me
When I say I've got it down

Everybody is just a stranger but
That's the danger in going my own way
I guess it's the price I have to pay
Still "everything happens for a reason"
Is no reason not to ask myself if I

Am living it right?
Am I living it right?
Am I living it right?




Why, tell me why,
Why, why Georgia, why?

Overall Meaning

John Mayer's song "Why Georgia" opens with the singer driving up Interstate 85 on a morning that feels like it will last all day. He is tempted to keep driving past his apartment, leaving everything behind. The singer wonders about the outcome of a "still verdict-less life" and asks himself if he is living it right. He repeatedly asks why Georgia, which appears to be a metaphor for his search for purpose and direction in life.


The singer feels alone despite filling his apartment with things to make it feel like home. He thinks about how he might be going through a quarter-life crisis or experiencing a stirring in his soul. He wonders if he is living his life in the right way, and if everything that happens to him truly happens for a reason.


The lines "everyone is just a stranger, but that's the danger in going my own way" suggest that the singer is taking an unconventional path that might lead him away from familiar faces and relationships. The song ends with him still searching for answers to his questions.


Line by Line Meaning

I am driving up 85 in the
I am currently driving on 85, which is a highway in Georgia.


Kind of morning that lasts all afternoon
It is a dreary morning that seems to drag on for the entire day.


I'm just stuck inside the gloom
I feel trapped and unable to escape the negative emotions I am experiencing.


4 more exits to my apartment but
I am almost home, but something is holding me back.


I am tempted to keep the car in drive
I am considering continuing to drive instead of going home.


And leave it all behind
I am contemplating leaving my current situation in hopes of finding something better.


'Cause I wonder sometimes
I frequently question and doubt myself and my choices.


About the outcome
I am uncertain of what the future holds for me.


Of a still verdictless life
I have not yet received any answers or clarity in my life's journey.


Am I living it right?
I question whether or not I am making the right choices in my life.


Why, why Georgia, why?
I direct my frustration and confusion towards Georgia, possibly because it is where I currently reside.


I rent a room and I fill the spaces with
I occupy myself by decorating and filling my living space with objects to make it feel like home.


Wood in places to make it feel like home
I use wood as a way to enhance and warm up my living space.


But all I feel's alone
Despite my efforts to make my home feel cozy, I still feel lonely and isolated.


It might be a quarter life crisis
I am experiencing a period of uncertainty and self-doubt that is typical of individuals in their mid-20s.


Or just the stirring in my soul
My emotions are in turmoil, and I am struggling to make sense of my feelings.


Either way I wonder sometimes
Regardless of the cause, I am still questioning and unsure of myself.


About the outcome
I am uncertain of what the future holds for me.


Of a still verdictless life
I have not yet received any answers or clarity in my life's journey.


Am I living it right?
I question whether or not I am making the right choices in my life.


Why, why Georgia, why?
I direct my frustration and confusion towards Georgia, possibly because it is where I currently reside.


So what, so I've got a smile on
Even though I appear happy on the surface, my inner thoughts and feelings are much more complex.


But it's hiding the quiet superstitions in my head
My positive exterior is a facade that conceals the irrational thoughts and fears in my mind.


Don't believe me
Others cannot trust my outward appearance, as it does not reflect my true emotions.


Don't believe me
Others cannot trust my outward appearance, as it does not reflect my true emotions.


When I say I've got it down
Despite my claim that I am in control, I am actually struggling to keep my emotions in check.


Everybody is just a stranger but
I feel disconnected and isolated from people around me, as if nobody truly understands me.


That's the danger in going my own way
Although I am following my own path in life, it comes with the risk of feeling isolated and alone.


I guess it's the price I have to pay
I accept that my choices may involve certain difficulties and drawbacks.


Still "everything happens for a reason"
Despite my hardships, I still believe in the concept of fate and that things will work out in the end.


Is no reason not to ask myself if I
However, I still question if I am making the right choices.


Am living it right?
I continue to doubt my choices and wonder if there is another path I should be taking.


Am I living it right?
I continue to doubt my choices and wonder if there is another path I should be taking.


Am I living it right?
I continue to doubt my choices and wonder if there is another path I should be taking.


Why, tell me why,
My frustration persists, and I demand answers and clarity to my situations.


Why, why Georgia, why?
I continue to express my dissatisfaction with Georgia, possibly seeking answers and understanding from the state itself.




Lyrics © REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING
Written by: John Clayton Mayer

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