Why Georgia

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"Why Georgia"
Single by John Mayer
from the album Room for Squares
Released April 29, 2003
Format CD single
Recorded 2001
Genre Adult alternative, acoustic rock
Length 4:28
Label Aware, Columbia
Writer(s) John Mayer
Producer(s) John Alagia
John Mayer singles chronology
"Your Body Is a Wonderland"
"Why Georgia"
"Bigger Than My Body"
Room for Squares track listing
"No Such Thing"
"Why Georgia"
"My Stupid Mouth"
Any Given Thursday
(disc two)
track listing
"Why Georgia"
"Your Body Is a Wonderland"
Where the Light Is track listing
"Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"
"Why Georgia"
"The Heart of Life"

"Why Georgia" is the third single released by John Mayer from his first album, Room for Squares. As a B-side, the international version single featured the live version of "Why Georgia" as it appeared on Mayer's first live album, Any Given Thursday, as the single followed the live album's release. The international single was released only two months prior to Mayer's second album, Heavier Things.


The song is autobiographic, and touches on Mayer's experience of having a "quarterlife crisis", a phenomenon of 20-somethings. He moved to Atlanta with Clay Cook after dropping out of Berklee College of Music, and, though pursuing his dreams, had doubts if he would be successful or not. In one interview he said

I remember getting into some pretty dismal places money-wise and opportunity-wise. I kind of looked at my guitar and said, 'It's just you and me. I'll go where you take me.'[1]

He expresses this feeling in the song's refrain:

'Cause I wonder sometimes
About the outcome
Of a still verdictless life
Am I living it right?


Rolling Stone magazine said that the song "lifts into a melodic chorus you won't soon forget".[2] Stylus magazine praised "Why Georgia," saying of the single, "pure pop guitar lines resonate."[3] PopMatters bemoaned that on songs like "Why Georgia", Mayer sounds just like Dave Matthews.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs by John Mayer unless otherwise indicated.

US version[edit]

  1. "Why Georgia" – 4:28
  2. "3x5" (Live at the X Lounge) – 5:18
  3. "No Such Thing" (Demo Version) (John Mayer & Clay Cook) – 3:51

International version[edit]

  1. "Why Georgia" – 4:28
  2. "3x5" (Live at the X Lounge)(feat. Brad Paisley) – 5:18
  3. "No Such Thing" (Demo Version) (Mayer & Cook) – 3:51
  4. "Why Georgia" (Any Given Thursday version) – 6:51
  5. "How Georgia of It" (Demo) (Drew Amato and Horny Mike) - 7:03


  • John Mayer - vocals, guitar
  • David LaBruyere - bass
  • Nir Z - drums, loops
  • Brandon Bush - Hammond organ
  • John Alagia - percussion
  • Clay Cook - backing vocals
  • Doug Derryberry - backing vocals

Cover versions[edit]

In 2004, saxophonist Gerald Albright covered the song from the album "Kickin' It Up".[5][6]


  1. ^ Small, Mark (2005). "John Mayer '98: Running with the Big Dogs" Berklee.edu. Retrieved on April 23, 2007.
  2. ^ Decurtis, Anthony (December 6, 2001), "John Mayer". Rolling Stone. (883/884):152
  3. ^ Blanford, Roxanne (2003-09-01). "Room For Squares" Stylus Magazine Retrieved November 19, 2007
  4. ^ Thompson, Jason "Same As the Old Boss" PopMatters.com Retrieved November 19, 2007
  5. ^ "Kickin' It Up overview". Smooth-jazz.de. 
  6. ^ "Gerald Albright Biography". VerveMusicGroup.com. 

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