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.
|Slide Guitar||Sid McGinnis|
|Acoustic Guitar||Peter Hewlett|
|Acoustic Guitar||Carly Simon|
|Background Vocals||Alex Taylor|
|Background Vocals||Gail Boggs|
|Background Vocals||Hugh Taylor|
|Background Vocals||Sarah Maria Taylor|
|Background Vocals||James Taylor|