“I Guess I Just Feel Like” by John Mayer
The simplest way to describe John Mayer’s “I Guess I Just Feel Like” is as it being highlighted by a sense of pessimism which lies at the center of the disposition of the vocalist. Mayer intended this piece to be a frank expression of how he actually feels on the inside, with the hope of evoking empathy from the audience. And the way he feels, once again phrasing it most simply, is as if the world is in the bad place.
In the first verse such is illustrated by Mayer expressing a belief that no one is actually honest, not even himself. In the second verse, he is putting for sort of a ‘love’s in need of love’ type of philosophy, as in people no longer having faith in the power of said emotion these days. And the third verse is more indicative of his lack of confidence in the future also, as in not truly believing that matters as illustrated above will ever improve.
But that said John does remain hopeful – not optimistic, but hopeful. Or put differently, he is receptive to making his own positive contribution to the state of the world, if only it is ever revealed to him how to effectively do so. But as for this very moment, conclusively he just felt like giving in to his true-to-life melancholy.
The first time John Mayer is on record as having performed this song live was during October of 2018. And the actual track went on to be released on the date of 22 February 2019, via Columbia Records.
It is the second single from John’s “Sob Rock” album of 2021.
“I Guess I Just Feel Like” went on to have a moderate chart showing, barely making it onto the Billboard Hot 100 but faring more impressively on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, where it peaked at number 6.
John Mayer, a singer from Bridgeport, Connecticut, is the sole writer and producer of this track. The aforementioned “Sob Rock” is his eighth studio album. And whereas he may not have sold as many records during the 2010s as he did the decade prior, with his discography dating back to 1999, Mayer has still been able to maintain a strong chart presence. For instance, his last two full-lengths, Paradise Valley (2013) and The Search for Everything (2017), both peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200. And the one prior to that, 2012’s Born and Raised, topped the list, on top of reaching fourth place on the UK Albums Chart.