Song Analysis: “Stop This Train” by John Mayer

Posted: September 1, 2011 in English

“Stop This Train” a song by John Mayer’s Continuum album, talks about the changing adolescence to adulthood. In this song, he talks about things he doesn’t want to experience as he grows old. That he is scared of facing the challenges life will bring him.

In his song, John talks about a train ride which is life. And in that “train ride”, we will loose our love ones, we start to build new lives, and we have to fight our way. In that ride, we feel like we’re moving too fast and he can’t take it. He wants someone to stop the train so he can go back to the past. To have another chance. To have everyone that he loves once again.


John then talks about loosing our parents. That they will not stay forever. He says: “Don’t know how else to say it, don’t want to see my parents go.” And no one ever does, it is the start of our adulthood. We won’t be having our parents cover our backs and be our guardian. Our parents are the “One generation’s length away” then it is all up to us in this world.


Mayer realizes all of this and he gets scared. “I’m only good at being young.” he says. He knows that growing old would be very hard and that being young is easy for him. He rather prefers staying young than going into adulthood. He gets scared as life goes on and he is still not prepared, and he wants to stop this train. To rewind life and start over again.


“See once in a while when it’s good. It’ll feel like it should. And they’re all still around, and you’re still safe and sound.” But when you start your adulthood, you think that all will be alright. That everything is fine. ”And you don’t miss a thing

’til you cry when you’re driving away in the dark.” But then you start to reminisce of your past and everything starts to come back. The feeling of wanting to go back, but there is no way to stop this train. No way to bringing things back. And he starts to wish that some miracle would still stop the train.


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