"New Kid In Town" as written by and John Souther Don Henley....
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.
Everybody loves you, so don't let them down.

You look in her eyes; the music begins to play.
Hopeless romantics, here we go again.
But after a while you're looking the other way.
It's those restless hearts that never mend.
Johnny come lately, the new kid in town.
Will she still love you when you're not around?

There's so many things you should have told her,
But night after night you're willing to hold her, just hold her.
Tears on your shoulder.

There's talk on the street; it's there to remind you
It doesn't really matter which side you're on.
You're walking away and they're talking behind you.
They will never forget you till somebody new comes along.
Where you been lately? There's a new kid in town.
Everybody loves him, don't they?
And he's holding her, and you're still around. Oh, my, my.
There's a new kid in town, just another new kid in town.
Ooh, hoo. Everybody's talking 'bout the new kid in town.
Ooh, hoo. Everybody's walking like the new kid in town.

There's a new kid in town. I don't want to hear it.
There's a new kid in town. I don't want to hear it.
There's a new kid in town. There's a new kid in town.
There's a new kid in town. Everybody's talking
There's a new kid in town. People started walking
There's a new kid in town.
There's a new kid in town.


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"New Kid in Town" as written by John Souther Don Henley

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  • +4
    My InterpretationThe new kid in town is about the musical competition to the Eagles. The Eagles were king of the pop music mountain in the early/mid 70s, but other musical acts were starting to emerge and get attention. Could be specifically Springsteen, but I don't think so, I believe its simply about the competition in general, from the perspective of the old guard Eagles.

    "There's talk on the street, it sounds so familar", is the Eagles hearing about other new breakthrough bands/performers, and the verbiage harkens them back to thinking about how they were described and perceived a few years earlier when they were first acquiring fame and attention.

    "You look in her eyes, the music begins to play," refers to creating/writing a new pop song. "Hopeless romantics here we go again ... But after a while you're looking the other way ... It's those restless hearts that never mend," satirizes the fact that so many pop songs describe exciting but ultimately hopeless or failed love, and promiscuity. Several if not most of the Eagles early hits were nothing but songs about exactly this. The Eagles are to some degree mocking themselves, and making a statement that they weren't going to create more of those syrupy songs. A risky move, considering this represented breaking from proven formula.

    "Johnny come lately, the new kid in town ... Will she still love you when you're not around?" poses a rhetorical question to the newcomers ... will those women who are throwing themselves at you, proclaiming to you how great you are, be loyal to you when your out of town? The Eagles are saying, we've been there, done that, it doesn't end well.

    "There's so many things you should have told her ... but night after night you're willing to hold her, just hold her ... tears on your shoulder," is a general statement about how pop stars of the time lied and used woman. Tears on your shoulder is the latent guilt that it seems some of the Eagles started to feel.

    "There's talk on the street, it's there to remind you ... That it doesn't really matter which side you're on ...You're walking away and they're talking behind you ... They will never forget you till someone new comes along," is editorial about the ongoing buzz and hype of the musical business. How one day you're the greatest, media are chasing you asking you questions, the next day your back seat to the next big thing. It doesn't really matter which side your on, because it won't last anyway, and ultimately its just the opinions of a bunch of critics.

    "Everybody loves him, don't they? And he's holding her and you're still around, oh my my," describes another performer being the new top of the pop chart idol, the new artist who can fill stadiums, getting all the attention. And the Eagles, the former hottest thing, are expected to react, to feel bad about being supplanted.

    "There's a new kid in town ... I don't want to hear it," is the ending to the song, with the Eagles basically saying, they don't want to read or hear about how their time in the spotlight might be over.
    urbanmanon February 24, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNew Kid in Town is one of the finest lyrics ever penned. New Kid in Town is going for a new change where you always wanna revert back. The lyrics beautifully extrapolated the hidden functionality of society. This guy Johhy was a very popular guy in past in his society and everybody loved him and adore him. He got more than friends with this beautiful girl of that town and everyone in the town just adore Johhny and his behaviour around because every where he goes he spreads warm, jive and affection.

    Then after a while Johhny have to leave the town for a while (a good time)(reason unknown but doing something good value addition), when he is back everybody in the town treats him with more respect and show him gratitudes.

    The town still loves him but since when Johhny was gone a new Kid has come in place of him and he is having the same attributes and aspects as the old Johhny has it and the town loves him too..even the girl.

    But the town is still honest with Johhny and wants him back and giving him stimulus about this new guy and about his activities.

    And the Town wants that old Johhny must win his town again.
    Ritwajiton January 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't see the politics thing at all.

    In the book "Take it to the Limit" some of the truth behind this tune is revealed. The Eagles were the hottest thing in LA and rising fast until the end of '75. That was when Bruce Springsteen exploded with "Born to Run." He was their opposite. THe Boss sang from the gut and harmony was not what he did. He sang raw songs about city and urban life and love. He was the new hottest thing out there.

    When the "concept" for "Hotel California" came up this song naturally flowed from their feelings of being cast off by "the New Kid in Town." Now this album put the Eagles back up and in the forefront but they wrote about the California lifestyle of the mid 70's and what the experienced and knew was that anyone can quickly be cast off when the New Kid came around.
    Hatzon September 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was about the Eagles realizing that fame is fleeting and tried to relate it to a love relationship. The "she " refers to the fickle fan.
    With this album the Eagles made a large shift away from the Country Western sound that was waining at that time.
    I think Burce Springstein wasa clear sign to them that "they will never forget you till someboy new comes allong"
    And I think it was fitting that New Kid in Town was the only song on the Album with that Country sound to it.
    Blibstodgeon April 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcmon your are right "Ritwajit" everybody is talking about politic and other stuff that doesnt even get close do the meaning of this beautiful song....
    this song is about someone that left his town (jhonny) and his loving girl too, but then som other new kid comes around... and wins his place and his girl
    and like in the end of this song , its like someone calls jhonny and tells him about it
    "theres a new kid in town, i dont wanna hear it..."
    "where you been lately... theres a new kid in town ..."

    its about that
    about how a man left his town and woman and other dude takes over it....

    its sad...

    i left my love and its just hard and its alot of fear around our heads....:s
    w122ard117on January 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's definitely about the passing phases of fame and relationships. One minute you're the one on top with the glory and the girl but then suddenly someone new and fresh comes around and everybody will be into them instead. It's about not taking a good thing for granted because someday it's gonna be gone; and then where will you be? This works for fame and love. Take love for granted- it dwindles and dies out. Take fame for granted- it does the same thing.
    sistergoldenhair789on April 20, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningWith all due respect I think some on here are taking it too literally when they attribute the meaning to a simple love relationship between a couple. I totally agree with those who interpret it as alluding to the "fleeting nature of fame." That is, how the Eagles were top-dog once, but that it could change in a heartbeat as soon as a "new and hotter" act comes to town. The Eagles were the original "Johnny come lately" new kid, spoken of in the opening lyrics, then along comes another "new kid in town." ("where you been lately, there's a new kid in town...").
    Texasrebon July 14, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with the meaning of the Eagles expecting their fame to run lower. Quoted by Glenn Frey in "History of the Eagles: Part One": "The Hotel California album was our reaction to what was happening to us". So, I think that their dethroning was something major, yet kept on the downlow, that was happening to then then-thriving band.
    gnrjake13on April 21, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmmkay. i'ma try this here. they're referring to life, when a new, bright face or idea comes around, and everyone drops what they're doing to ooh and ahh over it... but they point out that once the newness wears off, it's over.

    'johnny come lately' is a 'john doe' type of thing, the new person who 'comes around'.

    'will she still love you when you're not around?' they're talking about fleeting romance, where they don't really know each other too well, but they just need someone to hold, a here-and-now type of thing.

    haven't we all been in this type of situation? i know i have... bunch of times.
    sapphireskieson July 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThe Eagles are all about the true meaning of their songs - most of the time well hidden from the obvious.

    All of the songs in Hotel California had a political overtone. Life in the Fast Lane is about being elected, then leaving as President of the US.

    This about it like this:

    "New Kid in Town" = President
    "the street" = Washington, DC
    the female character = the US
    "which side you're on" = Democrat or Republican

    When you hear this song with those thoughts in mind, you get the clearer meaning of what most people think is just a love song.......
    Music123on March 21, 2005   Link

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