An oldie but a goodie, John Mayer’s 2006 classic is worth a listen, over and over and over again.


 In 2006, John Mayer came out with his soul-soothing album, “Continuum.”

Mayer never fails to write music that speaks to the heart and “Continuum” certainly didn’t let down that expectation.

Being an older album, which I listen to frequently, every lyric to every song of the album is etched into my brain and they never get old.

My favorite song off the album is called, “Stop This Train,” in which Mayer uses a train as a metaphor for life.

The chorus plays, “Stop this train, I want to get off and go home again. I can’t take the speed it’s moving in. I know I can’t. But honestly, won’t someone stop this train.”

In this I believe that Mayer is trying to say that he wants someone or something to slow down life because he feels it is moving too fast.

I can relate to this song because it deals with the pressure we face when growing up.

One line brilliantly reads, “So scared of getting older I’m only good at being young.” I think that this is something that a lot of young adults struggle with and Mayer addresses it head on in this song.

Another one of his great pieces is the song, “Vultures.” This song is all about the pressure on Mayer’s life as an artist.

In part of the first verse, the song says, “How do I keep myself from being just another number? How will I hold my head, to keep from going under?”

Mayer obviously wants to be remembered once he is gone (and he will be), but this song describes the pressure and struggle he is under to make sure that he will be.

This is something most of us can relate to, everyone wants to make a difference with their life. This song displays clearly what it feels like to be overwhelmed.

One of his more positive hits is the song, “Heart of Life.”

In this song, Mayer inspires the listener that life isn’t always bad.

The chorus goes like this, “Pain throws your heart to the ground. Love turns the whole thing around. No it won’t all go the way it should, but I know the heart of life is good.”

This brings hope that even though life is hard and times can be rough, life is good.

It tells us to look forward and cherish the good times.

I listen to this song at least once a week to remind myself of this truth.

I’ve listed three of my personal favorites but the rest of the album is just as wonderful.

The whole album is flawless and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Packed with relatable lyrics, smooth tones and jamming guitar solos, I have to say this might be one of my favorite albums of all time.

By Elizabeth Harris

Elizabeth Harris is photo editor and journalist for MBU Timeline. Harris is majoring in Communications with minors in Broadcast Media and Public Relations. Born and raised in Orange County, Virginia, Harris moved to St. Louis in the fall of 2013 to attend MBU. Harris enjoys spending her free time reading, doing yoga or anything outdoors.