John Mayer Daughters Lyrics Meaning

2004 single by John Mayer

Daughters (Cover).jpg
Single by John Mayer
from the album
Heavier Things
B-side “Come Back to Bed”, “Home Life”
Released September 28, 2004
Recorded 2003
  • Acoustic rock
  • blues rock
Etiket Columbia
Songwriter(s) John Mayer
Producer(s) Jack Joseph Puig
John Mayer singles chronology




Daughters” is the third single from
Heavier Things, the 2003 sanggar album from blues rock 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. It has sold 1,007,000 copies in the US as of May 2022.[1]



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.[2]
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 MTV’s “Cak benar World” (in a Sirius Morning Mash Up Show interview in May 2007) to an unnamed ex-girlfriend.

In 2022, 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 led to the decline and eventual split of their relationship.



  • John Mayer – vocals, guitar
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Jamie Muhoberac – piano

Release controversy


Mayer had been resistant on releasing the song as a single,[3]
and was still skeptical despite the Grammy win, which he mentioned in his speech upon receiving the award.[4]
On several occasions, Mayer perenggan 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.[
citation needed

However, the jenama 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 tenggat become known for,[5]
although not similar version to the “Electric Guitar Mix” of the song as included on the single’s re-release[
clarification needed

Music video


The music video is a grayscale video of Mayer playing the guitar and singing the song in a dark padepokan, 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




Track listings


All songs are by Mayer unless otherwise noted.

Original release


  1. “Daughters” – 3:59
  2. “Come Back to Bed” – 11:56 (Live at the C.W. Mitchell Pavilion, July 24, 2004)
  3. “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



  1. “Daughters” – 3:59
  2. “Daughters” (Electric guitar mix) – 3:59
  3. “Daughters” (Home demo) – 4:59

Appearances in media


“Daughters” was played at the end of the
7th Heaven
fragmen “The Fine Art of Parenting”. It was also in the first episode of
The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Mayer performed the song himself in the 2022 buddy comedy gambar hidup
Get Hard.

Cover versions


In 2005, trumpeter Rick Braun covered an instrumental version from album “Yours Truly.”[16]



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    Brian Mansfield (May 26, 2022). “‘Before He Cheats’ tops 3 million, and other ‘Idol’ download news”.
    Idol Chatter. USA Today.

  2. ^

    Miller, Brian (2004). “JOHN MAYER AND HIS INSPIRATION FOR DAUGHTERS” Archived May 23, 2022, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved November 15, 2007

  3. ^

    No byline (February 26, 2005), “Backstage Banter”.

  4. ^

    Mayer’s Grammy speech where he indicated he’d intended other songs for release instead of “Daughters”

  5. ^

    Big Mouth Strikes Again

  6. ^

    “The ARIA Report: Issue 786 (Week Commencing 21 March 2005)”. Australian Recording Industry Association. p. 2. Archived from the original
    on March 19, 2005. Retrieved
    November 7,

  7. ^

    “John Mayer – Daughters” (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved September 5, 2022.

  8. ^

    “John Mayer Chart History (Hot 100)”.
    Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2022.

  9. ^

    “John Mayer Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)”.
    Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2022.

  10. ^

    “John Mayer Chart History (Adult Contemporary)”.
    Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2022.

  11. ^

    “John Mayer Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)”.
    Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2022.

  12. ^

    “John Mayer Chart History (Pop Songs)”.
    Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2022.

  13. ^

    “Billboard Top 100 – 2005”.
    . Retrieved
    June 9,

  14. ^

    “Yours Truly overview”.

  15. ^

    “Rick Braun Yours Truly”.

External links


  • John Mayer playing “Daughters” live
    permanent dead link

    in New York
  • “Daughters” music video on YouTube
  • John Mayer – Daughters (Live at the GRAMMYs)
    on YouTube
  • “Daughters” lyrics, at Yahoo! Music
  • “John Mayer and His Inspiration for Daughters” (requires RealPlayer)


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