Daughters (John Mayer)

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” Lyrically, “Daughters” is an admonition to fathers (and to a lesser extent mothers) to nurture their daughters in their childhood, because the relationship will affect their future relationships with men as adults. He uses his own troubled lover to illustrate his belief;Mayer has at various times told different, and sometimes conflicting, stories as to the inspiration for the song, ranging from MTVs “Real World” (in a Sirius Morning Mash Up Show interview in May 2007) to an unnamed ex-girlfriend.In 2010, on VH1’s “Storytellers”, Mayer stated that he wrote the song about an ex-girlfriend who had trust issues because of her absent father, which lead to the decline and eventual split of their relationship.Personnel John Mayer – vocals, guitar;Lenny Castro – percussion;Jamie Muhoberac – piano;Release controversy Mayer had been resistant on releasing the song as a single, and was still skeptical despite the Grammy win, which he mentioned in his speech upon receiving the award. On several occasions, Mayer had pushed to release the songs ” Come Back to Bed ” and ” Something’s Missing ” as singles, as they were more the kind of music he was leaning towards making. However, the label decided that “Daughters” would be more well received by radio. In 2005, Mayer converted the song into an all-out blues song with his group John Mayer Trio on the live album, Try!, stripping away the acoustic elements the song had become known for, although not similar version to the “Electric Guitar Mix” of the song as included on the single’s re-release.Music video The music video is a grayscale video of Mayer playing the guitar and singing the song in a dark studio, intercut between scenes of a girl (i.e., a “daughter”). The video clip, directed by Mario Sorrenti, features the Australian Supermodel Gemma Ward.Chart performance Chart (2004_05);Peak;position;Australia ARIA Top 40 Digital Tracks;53;Dutch Singles Chart;29;US Billboard Hot 100;19;US Billboard Pop Songs;19;US Billboard Adult Pop Songs;1;US Billboard Adult Contemporary;2;Track listings All songs are by Mayer unless otherwise noted.Original release Daughters” _ 3:59; Come Back to Bed ” _ 11:56 (Live at the C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, July 24, 2004);Home Life” (David LaBruyere /Mayer) _ 6:50 (Live at the Shoreline Amplitheaer, July 16, 2004);Come Back to Bed” and “Home Life” are the same live versions that appear on Mayer’s as/is volumes released in 2004;Re-release Daughters” _ 3:59;Daughters” (Electric guitar mix) _ 3:59;Daughters” (Home demo) _ 4:07;Cover versions In 2005, trumpeter Rick Braun covered an instrumental version from album “Yours Truly.”

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