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Take all of your wasted honor
Every little past frustration
Take all your so called problems
Better put 'em in quotations

Say what you need to say (x7)
Say what you need to saaaay...

Walking like a one man army
Fighting with the shadows in your head
Living out the same old moment
Knowing you'd be better off instead

If you could only
Say what you need to say (x7)
Say what you need to saaay...

Have no fear
For giving in
Have no fear
For giving over
You better know that in the end
It's better to say too much
Then never to say what you need to say again

Even if your hands are shaking
And your faith is broken
Even as the eyes are closing
Do it with a heart wide open... wide...

Say what you need to say (x7)
Say what you need to
Say what you need to
Say what you need to say...



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  • s
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    shopdevaJun 29, 2009 at 2:14 am
    i think has the most incredible meaning to say thing out how it is and dont be afraid to stand up for what you belive in never give up untill what is right has been conqured always believe u can and it will happen. WE CAN ACHIEVE WORLD PEACE!!!
  • TCsongwriter
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    TCsongwriterMar 26, 2009 at 12:29 am
    what john mayer is trying to put out to us is that jsut say whats on your mind this is the time and we only have one chance to live it and if we dont say what we need to say then ull never know what people think.?
    i know its hard to take advise but just do it before its to late..
    i new i put myself all out there and i said what i wanted to say and i knew i would have had to do it so i did and if that doesnt help then what does because what we say counts and it doesnt matter if your wrong or right .. jsut say whats on your mind .. :)
  • s
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    SkotRoXOct 14, 2008 at 11:11 pm
    I personally agree with "What", I mean I hear this song 15 times a day on our easy listening office radio station. and I litterally had look the song up just to see if there were any other lyrics besides "say what you need to say"... I guess if song becomes annoying you just tune it out after awhile... But to go after "What" call him and dumb, just for stating is opinion, who is the "dumb" one. Note: he says "I think" thats an opinion, right?
  • d
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    dreamlovecureSep 8, 2008 at 2:33 pm
    "what", i think you're missing the entire message of his lyrics. John Mayer is a brilliant song writer, and you saying that "It's as if he ran out of things to say..." is ridiculous. He's reiterating the point his trying to get across, which seems to be, look past your pride, and if you've got something to say then just say it. It's not about running out of lyrics. It's about getting a point across.
  • jonaslover88
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    jonaslover88Jul 3, 2008 at 4:15 am
    personaly to me in my head this song means that if you love someone you need to just tell them how you feel...even if you are scared...and even if you think its the wrong thing to do...you need to...cuz in the long road...you will REGRET IT...big time...trust me i learned the hard way...thanx John 4 this song!

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