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Bigger Than My Body

Interview with CNN's The Music Room
John Mayer at ease with 'Heavier Things'

"Bigger Than My Body" is the first single and it's more about a feeling [than] about an experience. It's this feeling that ironically I had when writing, when trying to get this song out on paper, of trying to get something out of yourself that you want to be, and not being able to get there.

And it's kind of like the first single from the first record, "No Such Thing," but it's a little less sarcastic. In fact, it's not sarcastic at all. It's just pure want. And again, there's a case to be made that that pure want is behind "No Such Thing," but "No Such Thing" is trying to be clever, you know? That's the behavioral articulation of what that feeling really is, which is that I just want to be more.

Live in St. Paul, MN 2004
Speech during performance of "Bigger Than My Body"
Power is not on the menu. You gotta order off the menu if you want power. Because people won't offer it to you. But you gotta take it for yourself. Nobody says, "hey, ya want some power?" So you gotta be the one to go, "I want power." And the person goes, "I don't know what you're talkin' about." You say, "you take me to the back room where the power is." And little by little you start to get power. But power doesn't come to you if you just sit around. And that's what this song is all about. It's all about going, "give me that power. Give me that power. Gimme. Gimme. Gimme. Gimme." You know what I'm saying?