Ed Team

Quote of the day

Filed By Ed Team | March 01, 2007 6:44 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: John Mayer, music, pop culture

It's hard to beat the system
when we're standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
waiting on the world to change
Now if we had the power
to bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
what you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
they can bend it all they want

That's why we're waiting
waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
waiting on the world to change
-- John Mayer, "Waiting on the World to Change" from his album Continuum.

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Jeff Newman | March 1, 2007 9:12 AM

The lyrics to that song actually bug me, but perhaps the meaning is different from my interpretation. It sounds to me as if Mayer's generation is just sitting on their asses waiting their turn as people of my generation (and older) are sticking it to them.

If my interpretaion is correct, I would like to respectfully ask Mayer to get off his ass.

I always took the song to be Mayer bemoaning that his generation wasn't more active. He's saying that they are "sitting on their asses" and that waiting on the world to change is useless. They have to be the change... Hence, the "when you trust your television" line - in other words, go find stuff out for yourself and get informed. Then you won't just be "waiting on the world to change."