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This picture was taken back in 2011, but it reminds me of John Mayer’s 2012 tune, “Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967.”

I love the track because I can see a little bit of myself in the lyrics, especially the part about, “His wife told his kids he was crazy. And his friends said he’d fail if he tried." 

Except I don’t have a wife … or friends. I’m actually just a hermit that lives in the vents of the Brooklyn Library. 

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.”

The Age of Worry and Walt Grace’s Submarine Test, January 1967 are my two new life anthems. I wish John could know how thankful I am that he wrote these songs. I know songs have a different meaning for everyone, but these really tell me to just live my life the way I want to, and not worry what other people think. I need to hear this more often, so I’m really glad that I can (kind of) listen to him telling me that every day. (x)

Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
  • Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
  • John Mayer
  • Born and Raised
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“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