Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 // John Mayer

“It’s really been the most, it was the most moving song I ever wrote. I invented a man, and I got to know him through writing this song. And I know it sounds very pretentious, never written a narrative before, and I got to know this guy. And it was the strangest thing that ever happened to me as a writer. You can give birth to a person in a song and they live there in this little menagerie. It’s the most gorgeous thing that’s ever happened to me.”

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Last night at Madison Square Garden, John answered the age-old question that has caused much debate: Does Walt Grace live or die? The answer: HE LIVES! During his performance of Walt Grace’s Submarine Test January 1967, John said “He totally lives y'all,” putting the debate to rest.


“Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967” - John Mayer

“I used a pre-cinema technique called ombro cinema to animate the drawings made by Virginia Mori. Everything was filmed in live-action, no post production effects were employed.” - Virgilio Villoresi

Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
John Mayer
Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967

“Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967”

Walt Grace, desperately hating this whole place
Dreamed to discover a new space and buried himself alive
Inside his basement
Tongue on the side of his face meant
He’s working away on displacement
And what it would take to survive
Cause when you’re done with this world
You know the next is up to you

And his wife told his kids he was crazy
And his friends said he’d fail if he tried
But with the will to work hard and a library card
He took a homemade, fan blade, one-man submarine ride