"New Shoes" as written by and Paolo Giovanni/benbrook Nutini....
Woke up cold one Tuesday
I'm looking tired and feeling quite sick
I felt like there was something missing in my day to day life
So I quickly opened the wardrobe
Pulled out some jeans and a t-shirt that seemed clean
Topped it off with a pair of old shoes
That were ripped around the seams
And I thought these shoes just don't suit me

Hey, I put some new shoes on
And suddenly everything is right
I said, hey I put some new shoes on
And everybody's smiling, it's so inviting
Oh short on money but long on time
Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine
And I'm running late and I don't need an excuse
'Cause I'm wearing my brand new shoes

Woke up late one Thursday
And I'm seeing stars as I'm rubbing my eyes and I
Felt like there were two days missing
As I focused on the time
And I made my way to the kitchen
But I had to stop from the shock of what
I found a room full of all my friends all are dancing round and round
And I thought hello new shoes
Bye bye blues

Hey, I put some new shoes on
And suddenly everything is right
I said, hey I put some new shoes on
And everybody's smiling, it's so inviting
Oh short on money but long on time
Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine
And I'm running late and I don't need an excuse
'Cause I'm wearing my brand new shoes

Take me wandering through these streets
Where bright lights and angels meet
Stone to stone they take me on
I'm walking to the break of dawn
Take me wandering through these streets
Where bright lights and angels meet
Stone to stone they take me on
I'm walking to the break of dawn

Hey, I put some new shoes on
And suddenly everything is right
I said, hey I put some new shoes on
And everybody's smiling, it's so inviting
Oh short on money but long on time
Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine
And I'm running late and I don't need an excuse
'Cause I'm wearing my brand new shoes

Oh hey, I put some new shoes on
And suddenly everything is right
I said hey, I put some new shoes on
And everybody's smiling, it's so inviting
Oh short on money but long on time
Slowly strolling in the sweet sunshine
And I'm running late and I don't need an excuse
'Cause I'm wearing my brand new shoes


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"New Shoes" as written by Mathew William Benbrook Jim Duguid

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

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    My InterpretationI agree with the first poster, the meaning of this song is totally obvious.

    But if you didn't know, it deals with Paulo's terrifying addiction to heroin.

    Lines like 'short on money', 'wandering through these streets', and 'I'm seeing stars' describe his desperation due to the affects of heroin withdrawals. Two days of his life go missing while struggling with his detoxification which causes hallucinations of mysterious dancers in his kitchen.

    Then when he finally gets his drug fix, like a new pair of shoes, 'suddenly everything's right'. In an instant he goes from drug sickness to 'sweet sunshine'. The heroin is his 'brand new shoes'.

    Sorry to explain something so obvious but I totally agreed with the first poster and wanted to let her know how insightful she was.
    chinaski2323on September 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo1s commented?? Wats goin on?? Love this song its so catchy.. i think the meanings pretty clear...
    debbiedon December 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah....the meaning is pretty clear....if it really is about new shoes.

    I'm not convinced though! I think theres more to it than that.

    'take me wandering through these streets
    where bright lights and angels meet
    stone to stone they take me on
    i'm walkin til the break of dawn'
    MonkeysLoveBananason December 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song really reminds me of beck's "girl"
    deathcab4cootieson December 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso obviously it is about something in his life that needed a change
    he changed it and now everythings great
    i.e. a woman after a break up gets some new shoes : )
    everything is better
    trackgirl000on January 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere are layers of meaning. The first is literal; he buys new shoes, and good things happen. But I think the messae here is that the shoes only serve as a "placebo" of sorts so he can unlock his full potential.

    "Take me walking through these streets
    Where bright lights and angels meet"

    This line really speaks to that, I think. the shoes are metaphorically guiding him, and he can see things that were a;ways there, just were not illuminated. (bright lights meeting angels).

    And when he wakes up (on Thursday), he finds that he has invited all of his friends over for a party, but he can't remember. Plus, they're all his existing friends, not new friends.

    I think this song is about re-discovering what you already have. In a nutshell, it has the same message as "The Wizard of Oz".
    CTSon February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me the song symbolizes a fresh beginning. Like at the beginning when he says "these shoes just don't suit me" Paolo's having an epiphany.

    I think of it like a relationship. Like he finally realized that it wasn't worth it and he just kinda gets out. Then when he says "and i thought 'hello new shoes, bye bye blues'" it is like he found a new girl. or a new way to well be happy.

    i really love this song because it is basically how i've been feeling lately. Deciding a guy just isn't really worth it, getting upset about losing him, then thinking "hello new shoes, bye bye blue" and finding a new love (be it a person or thing)

    LOVE paolo. absolutely LOVE him
    sasserificon February 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a nice pick me up after a long day
    annaSon February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn an interview with Paolo Nutini, he explained it was about how anything can turn your life around, whether it be a pair of new shoes or a new relationship.
    honeydukeschoclateon March 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNew shoes don't usually cause you to lose track of time for two days.

    Whatever it's about, it's repetitive and irritating when you've heard it twice.
    Unpredictableon March 23, 2007   Link

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