What does New Tune mean?

Search Login

James Taylor: New Tune Meaning


No tags, suggest one.

New Tune Lyrics

"New Tune"

It's written in the surface of her skin, there's been a baby there, given away in love.
I see it in the little lines around her eyes, across her brow.
She'll be drifting away from me now.
She'll shape all the feeling that's...

  1. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 16th 2020 report

    I always loved the New Tune lyrics but had difficulty figuring them out (common with James Taylor lyrics back then and he was not offering suggestions, advising people to listen to the songs as they were about his life). It seemed obvious to me that it was always about a woman who had given birth to a child. I never thought about Joni Mitchell but I did find out that she had a daughter whom she gave away as she believed, as I interpreted it, her lifestyle could not accommodate the needs of a child. She reunited with her daughter many years later. Joni and James were good friends but I have seen nothing to suggest James was the father. Carly Simon is not the new mother as he and her children were born well after the release on One Man Dog in 1972.

  2. anonymous
    click a star to vote
    Apr 12th 2015 report

    I believe it was written about Joni Mitchell, when they were on the cusp of breaking up.

    She had had a baby that was not publicly known about, years before.

More James Taylor song meanings ยป


Submit Your Interpretation

[ want a different song? ]

Just Posted

I'm not Okay (I Promise) anonymous
Kiwi anonymous
Sing anonymous
Other Voices anonymous
Something Big anonymous
Seventeen Aint So Sweet anonymous
Normal People anonymous
Unity anonymous
On My Way anonymous
One Call Away anonymous
Blue Bayou anonymous
Scars To Your Beautiful anonymous
Pieces anonymous
Sunset Lover anonymous
The Pot anonymous

Get a weekly email update

(We won't give out your email)

Latest Releases

Tough Ones
Cooper Alan
No Hopeless Soul
Stephen Stanley
Cardi B
Polo G
Duncan Laurence
Cry Baby
Megan Thee Stallion