"Mexico" as written by and S. Stephen Forbert....
Way down here you need a reason to move
Feel a fool running your stateside games
Lose your load, leave your mind behind Baby Jane

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple I just got to go
The sun's so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I'll have to go now

Americano got the sleepy eye
But his body's still shaking like a live wire
Sleepy señorita with the eyes on fire

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so sweet with the sun sinking low
The moon's so bright like to light up the night
Make everything all right

Baby's hungry and the money's all gone
The folks back home don't want to talk on the phone
She gets a long letter, sends back a postcard
Times are hard

Oh, down in Mexico
I never really been so I don't really know
Oh, Mexico
I guess I'll have to go

Oh, Mexico
I never really been but I'd sure like to go
Oh, Mexico
I guess I'll have to go now

Talking 'bout in Mexico
In a honky tonk down in Mexico
Oh, Mexico
Mexico, Mexico
Oh, Mexico
Mexico, Mexico
Oh, Mexico
Mexico, Mexico

Lyrics submitted by oofus, edited by buck6986, LMO

"Mexico" as written by James Taylor

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    Song MeaningBaby's hungry and the money's all gone....

    Yeah, that sounds like a dream vacation to me! I believe it is a parable about his life. No matter where you go, there YOU are. Even in paradise it's possible to screw up your life.

    The folks back home don't wanna talk on the phone.....

    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this song! But the lyrics "times are hard" pretty much say it all. That you can't escape you character defects by running away.
    HolleWCon April 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Comment'Mexico' reminds me of a guy I dated years ago. We broke up and while it wasn't nice at the time, it's a real relief now that some time has passed. Being 'down in Mexico' is being away from your troubles and escaping the pressures of real life. It's dreaming of life beyond the current set of issues and relaxing in the moment where you know it'll all end up okay.
    megznzon June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song...i remember going to a friend of the family's house for parties and dinner and all the time we'd listen to james taylor...and little 7 year old me would sing and sing w/ this song for ever...dunno why but i love it. ......also....wheres all the comments...there are hardly any for any james taylor songs.....come on guys.
    mollycon September 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMolly, I used to do the same thing. Everything James Taylor reminds me of being a kid and singing to it in the car and what not. Hes got an amazing voice and great melodies. A nice escape...
    voodoochld000on March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe theme song for the Mexico Tourism Board :-)
    stoolhardyon January 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgrowin up when i heard this song it meant my mom was cleaning......still havent figured out when i love taylor so much
    ives1523on March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOur friends, The Bensons, invited us to Cabo San Lucas last April and each day we'd spend the day on the beach. At 3:00 each afternoon our friend put on his tape of JT singing this song. It was an anthem to our escape to paradise. James really put some heart into this song and the song is never dated. I believe it was written in the 70's and here 30 years later is still applies to our visit to paradise.
    jackdogon April 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust recently i was on a cruise and my fav part was mexico! i didnt want to go home! absolutely LOVE this song.
    xbeaxon December 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe song seems to be about a young couple that has gone to Mexico to pursue an easy life, but has run out of money. It is beautiful, hot and lazy but you need something to survive, even in Mexico. They lack the initiative to do much but bum for funds from their families who no longer want to accept their calls. And so they are just stuck there
    robsplacemson May 16, 2015   Link

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