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Heartbreak Warfare

Appearance on VH1 Storytellers Episode
Recorded in Brooklyn, NY

This is where I make an admission. I know that "Heartbreak Warfare" sounds like U2's "Bad." I knew it when I wrote it. I always knew it. But I'll tell you why I did it anyway. Trust in that song, that I didn't want to rip off U2. There are tons of time that I bring up idea when I'm writing and I go, you know what, I just got on that wavelength of that song. I thought of that song as I was writing. And I don't let it happen.

I literally never considered that song until after the song was written. And so I let it pass. Cause I could live with it. I could explain it to myself. You gotta be able to explain things to yourself when the lights go off and you get into bed. You gotta deal with you at the end of the day. So I said, you know what, I could deal with having a song that sounds like U2's song, "Bad," which I love.

So anyway, this is—it's "Heartbreak Warfare."

Interview in Playboy Magazine
The Playboy interview with John Mayer

RT: What percentage of the album is about Aniston?

JM: I don’t want to say. I feel bad because people think “Heartbreak Warfare” is about her. I want to go on record saying it’s not. That woman would never use heartbreak warfare. That woman was the most communicative, sweetest, kindest person. When people hear the record, I hope the songs make them think about their lives, not my life. Like, when you listen to Coldplay, do you think about Gwyneth Paltrow? I don’t write songs in order to stick it to my exes. I don’t release underground dis tracks.

That’s what “Heartbreak Warfare” is all about, when a girl uses jealousy as a tactic.