Clarity (John Mayer song)

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Clarity single.jpg
Single by John Mayer
from the album Heavier Things
Released 2003
Format Compact Disc
Genre Soft rock, blues rock
Length 4:32
Label Aware Records
Sony Music
Songwriter(s) John Mayer
Producer(s) Jack Joseph Puig
John Mayer singles chronology
"Bigger Than My Body"

"Bigger Than My Body"

"Clarity" is a song written and recorded by American singer-songwriter John Mayer, lushly arranged with piano and drums provided, in part, by The Roots drummer, Questlove, and brass by two time Grammy winner, Roy Hargrove. It was the second single from Mayer's 2003 album Heavier Things.


The song's meaning is not immediately clear. Some interpretations have characterized the song as being about coming to terms with a relationship, while others have interpreted the song as being about a person's own self-perception. At his February 28, 2007, show at Madison Square Garden, John introduced "Clarity" as a song written about the first few seconds after waking up in the morning when you don't remember all of the problems and worries in your life. At the "Soundstage with Buddy Guy" concert, Mayer explained the song as one of the best he's done, in that it's the best in portraying his thoughts and feelings.

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Clarity" was directed by Director X.[1] It was filmed on the Santa Monica Pier and the Pacific Coast Highway.[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

"Clarity" peaked at #13 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart and #25 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.


Chart (2004–05) Peak
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[3] 80
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[4] 45
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 25
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[6] 1
US Adult Top 40 (Billboard)[7] 13

Cover version[edit]

This song was covered by saxophonist Najee in his album Rising Sun in 2007.[8][9]


  1. ^ Montgomery, James (September 24, 2010). "LIL X CHANGES HIS NAME TO 'DIRECTOR X,' THOUGH HE COULD HAVE GONE WITH 'RACER X'". Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  2. ^ Dangelo, Joe (January 26, 2004). "JOHN MAYER ADOPTS 'DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY' OUTLOOK FOR 'CLARITY' VIDEO". Retrieved July 14, 2018. 
  3. ^ " – John Mayer – Clarity" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  4. ^ " – John Mayer – Clarity". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  5. ^ "John Mayer Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  6. ^ "John Mayer Chart History (Adult Alternative Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 9, 2018.
  7. ^ "John Mayer Chart History (Adult Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Rising Sun: Overview". 
  9. ^ "Rising Sun: Najee". Concord Music Group. Archived from the original on 2009-07-16. 


  • John Mayer – vocals, guitar
  • David LaBruyere – bass
  • Jamie Muhoberac – keyboards
  • Lenny Castro – percussion
  • Matt Chamberlain – drums
  • Questlove – drums
  • Roy Hargrove – trumpet

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