Song of the Day #3,975: ‘Back to You’ – John Mayer

I find it hard to believe that through almost 4,000 Songs of the Day I have yet to do a theme week or two on ‘Best Debut Albums.’ It seems like such an obvious and rewarding topic. I’ll put it on the list for later this year. Plus, it would lead nicely into ‘Best Sophomore Albums’ — I can get a whole month out of this.

At any rate, without question John Mayer’s Room For Squares would rank highly on that list of best debuts. Over 14 tracks and nearly an hour, he leaps out of the gate with a winning collection of pop-rock gems and doesn’t take a wrong step. That’s enough to make it #2 on my list of 2001 albums.

At barely 20 years old, Mayer’s songwriting sensibilities were already finely tuned, to say nothing of his musical virtuosity. In terms of lyrics, melodies and musicianship, he was the full package right from the start.

I rank all of Mayer’s records pretty close together — he is remarkably consistent — but this one sits near the top both for its great songs and how it heralded the emergence of a special new talent.

[Chorus]
Back to you
It always comes around
Back to you
I tried to forget you
I tried to stay away
But it’s too late

[Verse 1]
Over you
I’m never over
Over you
Something about you
It’s just the way you move
The way you move me

I’m so good at forgetting
And I quit every game I play
But forgive me, love
I can’t turn and walk away this way

[Chorus]
Back to you
It always comes around
Back to you
I walk with your shadow
I’m sleeping in my bed
With your silhouette

[Verse 2]
Should have smiled in that picture
If it’s the last that I’ll see of you
It’s the least that you
Could not do

[Bridge]
Leave the light on
I’ll never give up on you
Leave the light on
For me too
For me too
For me too

[Outro]
Back to me
I know that it comes
Back to me
Doesn’t it scare you
Your will is not as strong
As it used to be

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,975: ‘Back to You’ – John Mayer

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    With a few exceptions, I’ve just never been all that impressed with Mayer’s songwriting or sound. At best, his songs are enjoyable but ultimately forgettable pop jazz confections and, at worst, his songs are trite, banal, repetitive drivel. I think I said what I meant to say there.😀

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