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Song Released: 1976

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There's talk on the street; it sounds so familiar
Great expectations, everybody's watching you
People you meet, they all seem to know you
Even your old friends treat you like you're something new

Johnny come lately, the new kid in town...


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    Jun 12th, 6:52am report

    Love is fun at first and exciting. Guy gets bored. Starts looking around. Leaves girl that is crazy for him. She finally moved on and finds a replacement. Grass isn’t greener for the guy so he comes back just to find he lost a good girl to the new guy/kid.


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    Mar 8th, 2019 3:21am report

    New kid is about just that, new kid that everyone talks about and he finds love. Maybe for the first time in his life and that there’s another guy who is jealous but everyone loves the “new kid” so they protect this kid until somebody new comes around.


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    Nov 11th, 2018 11:18pm report

    People please. That is the most narcissistic song ever made. Do a little research. "New" Kid in Town? That is that bright shiny toy they once "loved" (NOT) and "will they still love you when your not around?" Yea I'm still around. You won't get me though.


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    Jul 6th, 2018 7:32pm report

    This song is actually about Hall and Oates. They were the new popular band in town. The reference to Johnny come lately is a reference to John Oates.


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    Mar 16th, 2018 3:16pm report

    As I was listening to it, I thought it may be about a man who had to leave his girlfriend due to deployment. He seems to be worried that During his absence the distance will make her heart grow weak. Now, it sounds as though he has heard some rumors about her spending a lot of time with some guy who just moved into town. I think he's referring to himself as the "johnny come lately," for when he returns she'll already have moved on; even if he returns from the military a changed and new man- a"new kid" of sorts in town, that other new kid had moved in on his girl, and he was gone just too long to have prevented it


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    Nov 23rd, 2017 11:23am report

    The song is about being in a relationship and realising that he lover will love him until he runs out of money, fame or interesting things in general. Henley is trying to say that a person will have all the attention until he runs out of money or fame etc.


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    Sep 28th, 2014 9:06pm report

    Whoever said it was about Obama is really, really dumb. This song was written in 1976...Gerald Ford was president, Obama was only 15.


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    Sep 25th, 2014 9:06pm report

    It just talks about what it is like being new, and finding your place in life finding someone to love and try as you will, but you will never be part of the system and just the new kid, till someone comes and gets the fame and love, then you will be just someone.


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    Oct 18th, 2011 10:23am report

    This song is about the love affair and breakup of Don and Loree Rodkin, now a Hollywood jewelry designer.


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    Oct 18th, 2011 10:38am report

    this song is about his love affair and breakup with Loree Rodkin.


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    Oct 14th, 2011 10:54pm report

    Based in my understanding, it is about the Pope or the beast.
    (Rev. 13) "her" refers the whore of the Babylon, the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire is the queen of fornication. Just imagine while listening, the new kid in town refers to the Pope.


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    Jul 19th, 2011 7:02pm report

    It is about Obama.. I think


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    Jun 26th, 2011 6:44pm report

    The song is about how hard it is being a new kid in town in the song he is referring to himself because it is a new fresh start for him being new in town.


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    Mar 28th, 2011 3:52am report

    The Song is about Bruce Springstien and his arrival on the LA music secene, the band percieved Bruce as the newest and unwanted threat to their throne. At the time they didn't really rate him as a stayer in the industry. Of course he was and is very popular and still huge.
    But hey so are the Eagles.


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    Dec 10th, 2010 12:49am report

    the song writer is back from a long Rehabilitation & its the feeling that he is going through & eventually gets back in drugs but could not take a stand, to give up or to continue with the behavior.

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