John Mayer - Slow Dancing In A Burning Room (Live in Noblesville, June 30, 2007)
I love this acoustic version of “Slow Dancing” so much. I think it shows what this song is capable of. It’s perfect with a full band, but it also works incredibly well stripped down with a couple of acoustic guitars (and lovely harmonies courtesy of DRH.) I love when a song can take on different arrangements, and still sound big and luxurious, yet intimate and soulful. And this is downright soulful. It feels a little like he’s in your living room, frustrated, singing straight to you.
Plus, I adore how he incorporated lyrics from Ben Folds Five “Song for the Dumped”. It fits really well inside of the “Slow Dancing” bubble, and it sort of enhances the subject matter of the song, and the way he sings it is just great.
“Give me my money back, give me my money back you bitch, my dear we’re slow dancing in a burning room. Oh, you wanted to take a break. Slow it down some, and have some space, well fuck you too! Give me my money back, give me my money back, you bitch. Give me my money back, oh no. Give me my money back, you bitch. Oh yeah, right here. And don’t forget to give me back my black T-shirt, my dear, we’re slow dancing in a burning room’.