- Daughters (song)
"Daughters" Single by John Mayer from the album Heavier Things B-side "Come Back to Bed", "Home Life" Released September 28, 2004 Format Digital download, CD single Recorded 2003 Genre Acoustic rock, blues Length 3:59 Label Columbia Writer(s) John Mayer Producer Jack Joseph Puig Certification Gold (RIAA) John Mayer singles chronology "Clarity"
"Daughters" is the third single from Heavier Things, the 2003 studio album from blues singer-songwriter, John Mayer. The critically acclaimed song won numerous awards, including the 2005 Grammy Award for Song of the Year at the 47th Grammy Awards.
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.
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.
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.
The song topped the American Adult Top 40 chart in the summer of 2005, and reached #19 on the US Pop charts and Billboard Hot 100.
All songs are by Mayer unless otherwise noted.
- "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
- "Daughters" – 3:59
- "Daughters" (Electric guitar mix) – 3:59
- "Daughters" (Home demo) – 4:07
- ^ Miller, Brian (2004). "JOHN MAYER AND HIS INSPIRATION FOR DAUGHTERS" ArtisanNews.com Retrieved 2007-11-15
- ^ No byline (2005-02-26), "Backstage Banter". Billboard. 117 (9):69
- ^ Mayer's Grammy speech where he indicated he'd intended other songs for release instead of "Daughters"
- ^ Big Mouth Strikes Again
- ^ "Yours Truly overview". Allmusic.com. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r801629.
- ^ "Rick Braun Yours Truly". SmoothViews.com. http://smoothviews.com/cdreviews/braun_yourstruly.htm.
- John Mayer playing "Daughters" live in New York
- "Daughters" music video on Youtube
- "Daughters" lyrics, at Yahoo! Music
- "John Mayer and His Inspiration for Daughters" (requires Real Player)
John Mayer Discography Studio albums Live albums Extended plays Video albumsAny Given Thursday · Where the Light Is: John Mayer Live in Los Angeles Singles"No Such Thing" · "Your Body Is a Wonderland" · "Why Georgia" · "Bigger Than My Body" · "Clarity" · "Daughters" · "Waiting on the World to Change" · "Belief" · "Gravity" · "Dreaming with a Broken Heart" · "Say" · "Free Fallin'" · "Who Says" · "Heartbreak Warfare" · "Half of My Heart" · "Perfectly Lonely" Featured singles Other songs Related articles Grammy Award for Song of the Year (2000s)
Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas - "Smooth" (2000) · Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - "Beautiful Day" (2001) · Alicia Keys - "Fallin'" (2002) · Jesse Harris - "Don't Know Why" (2003) · Richard Marx & Luther Vandross - "Dance with My Father" (2004) · John Mayer - "Daughters" (2005) · Adam Clayton, David Evans, Larry Mullen, Jr. & Paul Hewson - "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" (2006) · Emily Burns Irwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines Pasdar & Dan Wilson - "Not Ready to Make Nice" (2007) · Amy Winehouse - "Rehab" (2008) · Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin - "Viva la Vida" (2009)
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