Simon Vozick-Levinson
September 25, 2009 AT 04:17 PM EDT

Back in May, John Mayer asked an L.A. audience an urgent question in the form of a song: “Who says I can’t get stoned?” Now he’s releasing the studio version as his latest single under the more demure title “Who Says.” As before, it’s a pleasant acoustic number. “Who says I can’t get stoned?” Mayer wonders aloud over gently rolling instrumentation. “Turn off the lights and the telephone/Me in my house alone/Who says I can’t get stoned?”

I, for one, promise you that I will never say that you cannot get stoned, John Mayer. However, the singer might be facing a less rhetorical query soon — namely, will TV and radio stations say he can’t say “Who says I can’t get stoned”? Will they just bleep out the word “stoned” from the chorus? Might he have to release a separate clean version with reworked lyrics? (Idolator has suggested a few creative alternatives, including “who says I can’t get phoned” and “who says I can’t get cloned.” Somehow those don’t have quite the same ring to them as the original…)

Do you think the nation is ready for this song? Aside from the whole “stoned” issue, how do you like “Who Says,” anyway? Give it a listen after the jump and let us know.

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Photo credit: Jeffrey Mayer/

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