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    "Daughters" Lyrics

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    I know a girl,
    She puts the color inside of my world
    But she's just like a maze
    Where all of the walls all continually change

    And I've done all I can
    To stand on her steps with my heart in my hands
    Now I'm starting to see
    Maybe it's got nothing to do with me

    Fathers, be good to your daughters
    Daughters will love like you do
    Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
    So mothers, be good to your daughters too

    Oh, you see that skin?
    It's the same she's been standing in
    Since the day she saw him walking away
    Now she's left, cleaning up the mess he made

    Fathers, be good to your daughters
    Daughters will love like you do
    Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
    So mothers, be good to your daughters too

    Boys, you can break
    You'll find out how much they can take
    Boys will be strong and boys soldier on
    But boys would be gone without warmth from
    A woman's good, good heart

    On behalf of every man
    Looking out for every girl
    You are the god and the weight of her world

    Fathers, be good to your daughters
    Daughters will love like you do
    Girls become lovers who turn into mothers
    So mothers, be good to your daughters too
    So mothers, be good to your daughters too
    So mothers, be good to your daughters too
    • submitted by malia
    • corrected by acoustical on November 19th, 2011
    • written by Mayer, John
    • copyright with Lyrics © Sony/atv Music Publishing Llc, Reach Music Publishing

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       GrumpyKat says:
      Like 011-11-2014 00:24
      I think Mayer nailed it but so many of you missed the boat. Sexist? Not. The point is how much a father/daughter relationship influences the way a woman will view the world, herself and her relationships. A father is the most powerful influence in a woman's self esteem - good, bad or ugly. They don't have to be absent fathers or incestuous relationships to cause damage. Harsh words, demeaning attitudes or rejection will scar for life. I'm 59 years old and still unveiling the influence my father had in everything. One day of rejection- which my father probably wouldn't even remember- changed everything. After years of soul searching of why I react the way I do....all because one day my dad pushed me away. Mothers too......shape their son's self image. All parents need to take care.....emotional wounds run deep.
      Like 025-08-2012 22:09
      So I hear all these people complaing how the "Boys soldier on" part is sexist. Coming from someone who fully supports equal rights for all, when I heard and saw this part, I didn't think that was his intention.

      In fact, I believe that the lines are saying the opposite. For years, men are taught to be strong and suck it up. What I got out of it was a man telling himself that he can do it on his own. That he won't show his emotions because he's been taught showing them is a sign of weakness. But then when he finds the girl who loves him and who he means the world to, after hearing her problems, it helps him accept his emotions a little bit better too.

      By which he means without that "warmth," the man would be left col and intolerant of how he truly feels.

      But hey. That's just my interpretation. Yours is different. I don't like it, but I accept it. I've always thought of the lyrics that way.
       goodfella says:
      Like 022-06-2012 20:26
      So think of the worst thing that could wrong between a father and daughter - not just abandonment - how about incest. Then think about how mind-blowing it is that Mayer put out something like that on the pop charts with folks dancing to it at weddings....
       Melrose37 says:
      Like 010-04-2012 16:09
      This is probably the most annoying and irritating song I've ever heard. I certainly don't listen to any of the crap John Mayer puts out, but I hear this fn song played as background music in stores etc, and all I hear is Mothers, and lovers, and fathers, and daughters, and mothers, and fathers be good to your daughters, cause your daughters are lovers, turn into mothers, and mothers be good to your daughters.....AHHHHHHHHHHH MAKE IT STOP!!!!! Who the hell writes stupid lyrics like this???? Better yet, who listens to this crap? This is the first time I've read the lyrics, just because I had to know who sings this monstrosity. I get what he's trying to say, which would be nice. But the chorus is so poorly written, and the constant word play between family members and the word "love" and "good" is enough to drive a person insane. I don't think there's a person in this world that wouldn't end it all if they had to sit in an enclosed room and listen to this garbage non-stop for 8 hours. Wow....just horrible.
       mauro000 says:
      Like 016-11-2011 02:31
      great great song,
      Like 019-06-2011 13:56
      I love this song i completely understand what he is saying that, he loves her but she doesn't know how to love him back because of the absence of a father figure. And that a man can usually hide these things And women tend to show it in the way they love there significant others.And if she doesn't know what it should fill like to love she can't love her child.
      Like 031-03-2011 17:41
      This song is very disappointing. While it's a nice sounding song and seems to have a good message at first, it seems this song is targeted at women. Why wouldn't a woman love this song? It's all about treating women right.

      My wife hates this song. I have agree it's very sexist, which really has no place in our world. This sexism is equivalent to racism in my opinion, and is just simply offensive.

      "Boys, you can break" - Is John giving us his permission? Or is he saying that boys can handle being broken whereas girls cannot?

      "You'll find out how much they can take" - Rhymes with break.

      "Boys will be strong" - Not all boys are strong mentally, emotionally, or physically. As a child, I was hurt by this attitude that was adopted by my parents who were sensitive with my sisters and cruel with me. "He can take it, he's a boy. Boys don't cry or have feelings."

      "and boys soldier on" - Implication that men are soldiers and women are not. I'll ask my marine lady friends what they think about this. I am by no means a soldier, and many women are much better soldiers than I would ever be.

      "But boys would be gone without warmth from, A woman's good, good heart" - Boys would be gone? Does he mean they would die off without women? Are you sure it's a girl's "good heart" we are talking about here? Yes, neither women nor men would exist without the other in theory. Also, this implies that women have good hearts and men have...not so good hearts?

      Conclusion: John Mayer wants women to love him, and apparently doesn't mind compartmentalizing the whole male gender. Women who like him should like him based on his skill as an artist; not his worshiping of women and reduction of men. I think most women are smarter than this. Since when is the young John Mayer's philosophical view important? He apparently doesn't know much about the topic he's singing about. Grow up before giving the world advice please, John. Maybe you need to make a few more male friends. We aren't all hard and cold.
      Like 026-02-2011 02:18
      John Mayer sings with his heart, thats why he is so good. His song daughters, gives me peace knowing why I am the way I am.
       idanosh6 says:
      Like 005-12-2010 10:46
       kimberloo says:
      Like 007-12-2007 04:12
      oooh who doesnt love this song?...for some strange reason, i think of snow whenever i hear this song...john mayer is the best around..no doubt about it
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