Burn up in your atmosphere

I love listening to John Mayer albums — but I adore going to John Mayer concerts. Everything I love about John’s music is absolutely amplified by the live experience — the piercing guitar solos, the smooth voice, the emotional outbursts, the random ad-libbing. And the snippets and random verses he adds to classic songs.

A case in point would be a live version of “Home Life” from an import album I have — which is really random, I know. But it’s those seemingly strange, patchwork verses placed almost in addendum to the actual songs that I really love the most, I think.

“In Your Atmosphere” is another classic example of this — these emotional, thought-provoking bits and pieces he adds into his songs when playing live, usually at the very beginning or the very end. The final piece of this song is enough to fillet my tender little heart! And I mean that sincerely. I don’t know how to phrase it in a way that isn’t ridiculously cliche, other than to say that I really feel like I “get him.”

“Wherever I go, whatever I do, I wonder where I am in my relationship to you . . .”

It’s simple — very simple — but it makes sense. Doesn’t it just make sense? It’s exactly the way I feel about so many things in life, but I don’t know if I could have pieced it all together in just that way.

That’s why he’s such great music to hear while writing.

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In Your Atmosphere
From Where The Light Is, John Mayer

I don’t think I’m gonna go to L.A. anymore
I don’t think I’m gonna go to L.A. anymore
I don’t know what it’s like to land
And not race to your door
I don’t think I’m gonna go to L.A. anymore

I don’t think I’m gonna go to L.A. anymore
I’m not sure that I really ever could
Hold on to your hotel key
In your bedroom neighborhood
Be sleepwalking in Hollywood

I’m gonna steer clear
Burn up in your atmosphere
I’m gonna steer clear
‘Cause I’d die if I saw you
I’d die if I didn’t see you there
So I don’t think I’m gonna go to L.A. anymore

Oooh, oooh, oooh

I don’t think I’m gonna go to L.A. anymore
I get lost on the boulevard at night
Without your voice to tell me,
I love you — take a right
The ten and the two is the loneliest sight

Oh, yeah

I’m gonna steer clear
Burn up in your atmosphere
I’m gonna steer clear
‘Cause I’d die if I saw you
I’d die if I didn’t see you

I’m gonna steer clear
Oh, yeah
Burn up in your atmosphere
I’m gonna steer clear
‘Cause I’d die if I saw you
Die if I didn’t see you there

I think I’m gonna stay, gonna stay in the gray
I think I’m gonna stay, to stay, to stay . . .
And all the streetlights say, “Never mind, never mind”
And the canyon lines say, “Never mind”
And Sunset says, “We see this all the time”
“Never mind . . . Never you mind”

Wherever I go, whatever I do
I wonder where I am in my relationship to you
Wherever you go, wherever you are
I watch your life play out in pictures from afar
Wherever I go, whatever I do
I wonder where I am in my relationship to you
Wherever you go, wherever you are
I watch that pretty life play out in pictures from afar

Oooh, oooh
Oooh, oooh . . .

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