Did everyone ignore the words in John Mayer’s “Waiting on the World to Change?”

Granted, “Waiting on the World to Change” isn’t a revolutionary song, but John Mayer is commenting on negative aspects of our society. This song is still playing in department stores and convenience stores across America even though it was released in 2006. You’d be hard pressed to find a person that has never heard this song before.

And yet no one seems to notice that his lyrics include comments like “Now we see everything that’s going wrong/ With the world and those who lead it,” “Cause when they own the information, oh/ They can bend it all they want,” “It’s hard to beat the system,” “We just know that the fight ain’t fair,” “One day our generation/ Is gonna rule the population/ So we keep on waiting/ Waiting on the world to change.”

Again, it’s a mild commentary. But how many people know all of the words to this song? And how many people realize what they’re singing?

A great case of hearing v. listening.

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Waiting on the World to Change lyrics

Me and all my friends
We’re all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There’s no way we ever could

Now we see everything that’s going wrong
With the world and those who lead it
We just feel like we don’t have the means
To rise above and beat it

So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It’s hard to beat the system
When we’re standing at a distance
So we keep waiting
Waiting on the world to change

Now if we had the power
To bring our neighbors home from war
They would have never missed a Christmas
No more ribbons on their door
And when you trust your television
What you get is what you got
Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want

That’s why we’re waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

It’s not that we don’t care,
We just know that the fight ain’t fair
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

And we’re still waiting
Waiting on the world to change
We keep on waiting waiting on the world to change
One day our generation
Is gonna rule the population
So we keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

We keep on waiting
Waiting on the world to change

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