1980 Carly Simon – Jesse (US:#11)

“Jesse” is a song written and performed by Carly Simon and produced by Mike Mainieri. The song was the lead single from Simon’s ninth studio album, Come Upstairs (1980).

The song is told in first-person about the narrator’s disdain for her former lover, Jesse, who has just moved back to town. She vows to have nothing to do with him, “Don’t let him near me, don’t let him touch me, don’t let him please me,” she sings. She asks her friends to remind her of how he has wronged her, because she fears she’ll end up letting her guard down and fall back under his spell. She ends up going back on her promise to herself and the two rekindle their romance. “Jesse, quick come here, I won’t tell a soul”, “Jesse, that you’ve come back to me, my friends will all say ‘She’s gone again'”, she sings. She then seeks to comfort her friends because they don’t approve. “My friends, let’s comfort them, they’re feeling bad, they think I’ve sunk so low,” she sings.

Simon’s then-husband, James Taylor, and their daughter, Sally Taylor, sing backup vocals. The single has a country-pop flair, unlike the rest of the album, which is more rock oriented.




BassTony Levin
DrumsRick Marotta
Slide GuitarSid McGinnis
Acoustic GuitarPeter Hewlett
Acoustic GuitarCarly Simon
PianoDon Grolnick
Background VocalsAlex Taylor
Background VocalsGail Boggs
Background VocalsHugh Taylor
Background VocalsSarah Maria Taylor
Background VocalsJames Taylor
VocalsCarly Simon

Produced By

Mike Mainieri


Carly Simon
Mike Mainieri


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