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"Waiting on the World to Change" Analysis

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Anna Krane

on 23 February 2011

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Transcript of "Waiting on the World to Change" Analysis

"Waiting on the World to Change" by John Mayer The tone is slow and careful. As he repeates words like "waiting", "standing", and "hard" which all promote a feeling of nothing getting done. Mayer's word choice challenges the reader to make changes. By repeating the word "change" througout the song, the reader is forced to think about changes he or she could make. Mayer uses "we" and "our" multiple times in the song. This helps with his credibility because he includes himself in the population that he is challenging. Eventhough Mayer wrote the song, he is not saying he is above making changes himself. The beat of the music also keeps with the theme of a steady pace. The beats are long and at a slow tempo. The combination of his soothing voice and the slow tempo works well with the subtile challenges of his lyrics. Mayer does not yell or force the listener to make changes, but indirectly allows the listener to come to the conclusion that change is best. Thesis: John Mayer is challenging the youth of today by pointing out the lazyness. "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" Eventhough people understand the problems in the world, they do not try and make the changes, but pass the resposiblity on. "It's hard to beat the system when your standing at a distance." Mayer continues to challenge the reader by appealing to his or her emotions. "They would have never missed a Chirstmas
No more ribbons on their door." At this point, many people know someone in the war and have been affected by the fight. Mayer is appealing to the sadness associated with a soldier's death. If people do not want to feel sad anymore, they have to stand up for it. "One day our generation is gonna rule the population." There is a sense of responsibility the reader should feel for his or her future as well as that of his or her peers. "Cause when they own the information, oh
They can bend it all they want
That's why we're waiting." Mayer choses to say "that's why we're waiting" even though it does not make sense to wait to take a stand against people who are giving out the wrong information. By phrasing the sentence this way, Mayer is again challenging the reader to think deeper about the situation. "Me and my friends
We're all misunderstood
They say we stand for nothing and
There's no way we ever could." Right away Mayer challenges the doubters. He says "we" are misunderstood by the people who say we have no goals in life. "We" are misunderstood because our generation does have values to stand for. Mayer appeals to emotion, logic, and uses repetition to point out to the reader that our generation is being lazy and needs to put up a fight for change.
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