Song Lyric Sunday – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer

I’ve posted a few John Mayer songs, but I’m not going to apologize.  He always seems to say the things that need to be said and I love the bluesy way in which he puts those words to music.  I don’t know, I pretty much think he’s brilliant.

You all might think this is an odd choice for today’s “celebration”, but it was the first song I thought of when I posted the theme.  It is also a pretty apt song to explain my relationship with my Dad.  He’s always been this enigma in my life – the person I always wanted to be close to but could never quite get there.  We’ve been slow dancing in a burning room for quite some time now and I honestly don’t think we’ll ever really get to that point that I’ve always dreamed of.

I love him, but I’m starting to realize I truly love the “idea” of him rather than who he actually is.  I don’t think I’ll ever be enough and he certainly has proven that he’ll never be that light in my life that I’ve always craved and needed.  It’s a sad, startling realization, but sometimes it’s better to face the truth rather than being hurt over and over again.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the song!

It’s not a silly little moment
It’s not the storm before the calm
This is the deep and dyin’ breath of
This love we’ve been workin’ on
Can’t seem to hold you like I want to
So I can feel you in my arms
Nobody’s gonna come and save you
We pulled too many false alarms
We’re goin’ down
And you can see it too
We’re goin’ down
And you know that we’re doomed
My dear
We’re slow dancing in a burnin’ room
I was the one you always dreamed of
You were the one I tried to draw
How dare you say it’s nothing to me
Baby, you’re the only light I ever saw
I’ll make the most of all the sadness
You’ll be a bitch because you can
You try to hit me, just hurt me
So you leave me feeling dirty
‘Cause you can’t understand
We’re goin’ down
And you can see it too
We’re goin’ down
And you know that we’re doomed
My dear
We’re slow dancing in a burnin’ room
Go cry about it, why don’t you
Go cry about it, why don’t you
Go cry about it, why don’t you
My dear, we’re slow dancin’ in a burnin’ room
Burnin’ room, burnin’ room
Don’t you think we outta know by now?
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow?
Don’t you think we outta know by now?
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow?
Don’t you think we outta know by now?
Don’t you think we shoulda learned somehow?
Songwriters: John Clayton Mayer
Slow Dancing in a Burning Room lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Reach Music Publishing

The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a song about dance/dancing.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.

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12 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer

  1. Yeah, Father’s Day is a weird thing for me too. I’ve never met my biological father and my step-father and I have a rather distant relationship with, so I totally relate to this song and to your own difficulties. I hope you feel better.

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  2. I loved the song and the lyrics. I weep many times when I think of the relationship you and your father could have shared. He is a man who has never really learned how to love and share himself with others.
    Love you sweet girl!!

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    • John Mayer is always my favorite go-to, but I didn’t realize how well this song fit until right before I posted it. My daughter also has an amazing relationship with her Dad and it makes me happy to see that it is possible.

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      • Spoken like a “real” mom, wanting not only the best for her children but especially not to miss out on things she may have. My son criticized me years ago when my dad died wishing he could have gotten to know him more. He knew enough not to have been marked by his difficult, narcissistic and sarcastic personality. I protected my kids as best I could. I’d rather they be upset with me sometimes rather than hurt by some who can’t seem to help themselves.

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