High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! "Waiting on the World to Change" is the first single released from John Mayer's 2006 studio album, Continuum. IT is a reworking of Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready." The song enjoyed commercial success as a single and won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance at the 49th Grammy Awards. BEcause of its theme of discontent and hope, it quickly came into demand in a variety of television programs, charity benefits, and other events.IN a Rolling Stone interview, Mayer recalled that after former Columbia Records head, Don Ienner, panned the first incarnation of Continuum, Mayer was brought to tears and briefly considered quitting music and studying design full time. HOwever, that same day, Mayer wrapped work on a Curtis Mayfield-inspired tune called "Waiting on the World to Change," which would become Continuum's first single. MAyer knew it would be a hit for the album, remarking, "By the end of the day, I'd gone back to 'Nah, this is a great record.'"