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Only Heart

Live in East Lansing, MI 2004
Speech during performance of "Home Life"
Let's go back to 1984 when I wrote this song. [Plays "Only Heart"]
Live in Cleveland, OH 2004
Stage banter in Cleveland
This song here was a really big hit for me back in the early '80s. I hope that you like it. It's kind of dated now. But it might bring back some great memories, of the roller skates and the funny hair.
Radio Intros 2024
LIFE With John Mayer on Sirius XM Radio

One unforeseen benefit of my having a channel is that I'm forced to sit down and listen to my own music sometimes. Sometimes it's just easier to let a song of mine play than to wince and turn over to another channel. And in the case of Only Heart, I said "let it play, John." And I was really pleasantly surprised at how sophisticated the tune is.

It doesn't have a B section. The key change happens in the chorus, and it goes back and forth between the chorus and the verse. It jumps key centers. And then the last chorus is the original key of the verse? It's very clever, so, good on ya, young John.

Don't call it arrogance, because I couldn't write it today. I'm listening to a different version of myself, that's what's so cool about songs. They are documents of former versions of ourselves. Just like looking back at a diary and going, huh, look at what I was thinking back then.

Excerpted from Radio Intros 2024 >