Song of the Day #3,427: ‘In the Blood’ – John Mayer

John Mayer released his seventh album, The Search For Everything, over the course of several months, putting out two 4-song EPs before dropping the full 12-song set. To me, that’s a little like watching 2/3 of a movie before it finally gets a theatrical release. But I’m old-fashioned.

Rollout strategy aside, The Search For Everything is a strong return to the soulful pop of 2006’s Continuum, probably still his best album though he hasn’t released a bad one since.

Mayer took a detour into California country rock on his last two records, a sound I adore, but it’s nice to see him working in this vibe again. There isn’t a weak song among this batch.

Apparently inspired by his split from Katy Perry, The Search For Everything feels most like a break-up album in its back half, where some powerful, sad tracks take the spotlight. Album closer ‘You’re Gonna Live Forever in Me’ is one of Mayer’s finest moments.

Mayer has spent the last year or so channeling Jerry Garcia on tour with Dead & Company, a band made up of most of the Grateful Dead’s surviving members. The fact that he can do that, jam with B.B. King and Eric Clapton, and put out a low-key stunner of an album like this one is a testament to the man’s great, versatile talent.

[Verse 1]
How much of my mother
Has my mother left in me?
How much of my love
Will be insane to some degree?

And what about this feeling
That I’m never good enough?
Will it wash out in the water
Or is it always in the blood?

[Verse 2]
How much of my father
Am I destined to become?
Will I dim the lights inside me
Just to satisfy someone?

Will I let this woman kill me
Or do away with jealous love?
Will it wash out in the water
Or is it always in the blood?

[Chorus]
I can feel the love I want
I can feel the love I need
But it’s never gonna come the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted
Can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water
Or is it always in the blood?

[Verse 3]
How much like my brothers
Do my brothers wanna be?
Does a broken home
Become another broken family?
Or will we be there for each other
Like nobody ever could?
Will it wash out in the water
Or is it always in the blood?

[Chorus]
I can feel the love I want
I can feel the love I need
But it’s never gonna come the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted
Can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water
Or is it always in the blood?

[Chorus]
I can feel the love I want
I can feel the love I need
But it’s never gonna come the way I am
Could I change it if I wanted
Can I rise above the flood?
Will it wash out in the water
Or is it always in the blood?

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,427: ‘In the Blood’ – John Mayer

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I know I continue to be a naysayer on Mayer, but I just generally find his songwriting to be bland. Today’s song is just okay, but nothing I feel the need to hear again or that makes me intrigued to hear more.

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