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John Mayer - Daughters Lyrics

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ArtistJohn Mayer
AlbumHeavier Things [2003], Track 8
TRY! (John Mayer Trio) [2005], Track 10
Where The Light Is (Live in Los Angeles) [2008], Track 4
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Song lyrics
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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0 likes - like | 11-11-2014 00:24 GrumpyKat 
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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.
0 likes - like | 25-08-2012 22:09 MotherTheresa8 
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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.
0 likes - like | 22-06-2012 20:26 goodfella 
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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....
0 likes - like | 10-04-2012 16:09 Melrose37 
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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.
0 likes - like | 16-11-2011 02:31 mauro000 
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great great song,
0 likes - like | 19-06-2011 13:56 rollypolly_2016 
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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.
0 likes - like | 31-03-2011 17:41 peacepatriot11 
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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.
0 likes - like | 26-02-2011 02:18 motherdaughter 
1 posts
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.
0 likes - like | 05-12-2010 10:46 idanosh6 
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0 likes - like | 07-12-2007 04:12 kimberloo 
19 posts
oooh who doesnt love this song?...for some strange reason, i think of snow whenever i hear this song...john mayer is the best doubt about it
0 likes - like | 11-11-2007 16:51 alexerica 
148 posts
i LOVE his music
0 likes - like | 09-11-2007 06:36 DarXide 
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Hm, I didn't know this song was that old

Really amazing, quite heart-warming, but WHAT is up with the lyrics of the chorus? That is really a buzzkill to the entire song, as a result. Come on, John. Couldn't you compose the lyrics ATLEAST a little profoundly? Screwed up, bland chorus, really

Of course, it's not like I disrespect family and whatever he's talking about, but there are ways of saying it that have so much meaning and etc.
0 likes - like | 31-10-2007 23:07 JACKASS123456 
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This is one of my many favorite songs it's nice and smooth with a nice beat and his voice isn't bad. When listening to music I try to get what the message sending because every song has a message to tell. The message in this story is very accurate on what's actually happing in the world today. I can relate to this not that I have been in this type of situation, but I have heard from friends about theses unfortunate people and I have even talked to people that have gone throw this situation. Some of these people don't even know that there a victim, they think it's an everyday thing; don't know any other way.
0 likes - like | 03-07-2007 14:14 ley31 
11 posts
very talented person! great song!
0 likes - like | 14-05-2007 01:49 emilia7 
14 posts
i just love john mayer. this song is fantastic!
0 likes - like | 12-04-2007 00:56 crazeddancer 
1 posts
Everything is soooooooooooooooo great about John Mayer! I love him soooooo much he is so great! His voice is the best! Everyone lisen to his music!!!!!!
0 likes - like | 25-03-2007 17:23 Forever4 
324 posts
Eek, lol all of a sudden Daughters is on top? Strange--
Both Slow Dancing In a Burning Room and waiting on the world to change is better
0 likes - like | 29-12-2006 01:31 LibraSue 
233 posts
Great! Excellent! It's grexellent!
0 likes - like | 18-12-2006 22:47 shortbutsexy 
9 posts
This Is A Very Good Song! It's So Pretty And True!
(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). I Guess My Mom Messed That Up! Oh Well, Perfect Song For Daughters-Fathers!
0 likes - like | 08-09-2006 09:34 uttercrap 
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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

an insideously evil and demented set of lyrics that work to cement the sexist abuse of males starting at their birth.

panders to typical feminazi claptrap. will be remarked upon (if anyone even bothers to dig up this repulsive ditty from the dungheap of outdated bigotry) as a reminder why some modern music has contributed to this age's cultural dementia.

0 likes - like | 29-08-2006 20:43 musicinme 
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A friend of mine introduced this song to me. It was the first John Mayer song I ever heard, and I loved it right a way. John mayer is now one of my favourite singers.
0 likes - like | 25-07-2006 04:58 bradbuds 
2 posts
..this song makes me melt lyrics are so refreshing:::: somethin about john mayer that makes me wana curl up with a book and a vanilla latte
0 likes - like | 19-05-2006 20:50 Darinchic 
84 posts
Just now .. i knew who is John Mayer !!
Sorry .. coz i knew u late

i think am in luv wid u
0 likes - like | 21-04-2006 02:34 Templario 
6 posts
Kind of cheesy, but its warmth and sincerity...
0 likes - like | 26-03-2006 14:13 mrbeaver86 
54 posts
i didnt really understand the song. i still dont quite. but its still nice.