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Edge of Desire

Live in Los Angeles, CA 2011
Speech during performance of "Edge of Desire"

It's a Sunday night, a night never to be trusted for emotions. So a lot of you guys are gonna head home and either receive texts in the dead of night or actually compose them. That are not going to be fully representative of how you feel for the rest of the day, for the rest of your week. Then you'll be reaching out, and if you're not reaching out you'll have someone else reaching out to you. And your friends, and your brain, and your morals, and your conscience have all trained you not to respond. But I'm gonna go against the grain and I'm going to suggest that the next time you get a message from the one you love, the only person in the world you love and can't talk to, that you respond. And you just write back. When they ask you if you're up, and you're up, and you love 'em, just write back, "yup, come on over."

Cause life is just too short to keep playing the game. Cause if you really want somebody, you'll figure it out later. Otherwise, you'll be laying in bed with a Blackberry on your chest staring at it, doing nothing for the rest of the night, hoping that it goes, "PRRR, PRRR, PRRR."

Edge of Desire Tweet
Single Tweet
It's about a last-ditch effort to keep a failing love. The idea that maybe you could stop talking but still continue seeing each other.
"Edge of Desire" Instagram Live
"Edge of Desire" Explained on Instagram Live
Oh, "Edge of Desire" started, the year was 2008. I was watching at that time the, like, vice president debates or something, and I was at some bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and it was a practice thing. [Plays guitar riff from Edge of Desire.] Not that different from [Dave Matthews Band's] "Satellite." You're going for the feel.
December 2017 Twitter Q&A
Twitter Q&A session

how did you come up with the lyric “maybe this mattress will spin on its axis and find me on yours”

I was laying drunk and lovelorn on a floor and it was spinning. The rest is deep-track history.

Live in Tampa, Florida 2022
Concert at Amalie Arena
I feel like this is the most emo song that I have. Would you agree? The most emo song that I have in my repertoire.
Radio Intros 2024
LIFE With John Mayer on Sirius XM Radio
The year is 2008. I was in a relationship that I was so desperate to make work. And I love desperate heartbroken thinking. Just some of the most twisted logic in the world. Maybe, I thought to myself, if we don't talk, we'll never collide. We'll never have these collisions and these misunderstandings if we just never talk. And this song, Edge of Desire, began as a demo called Words. And the key idea was: don't say a word, just come over and lie here.
Excerpted from Radio Intros 2024 >