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Mexico

by

James Taylor



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James sings about Mexico, then says he's "Never really been" there. Actually, he refers to having been in Mexico for a concert, but coming down with traveler's diarrhea (Montezuma's revenge). He canceled the show, spending the whole time in his hotel room, which greatly disappointed him. (thanks, Joel - toms river, NJ)
David Crosby and Graham Nash sang the harmonies. Taylor was married to Carly Simon at the time, and she also sang on the album. (thanks, Christine - Chicago, IL)
Jimmy Buffett remade this song on his album Barometer Soup. Buffett pays tribute to Taylor several times in the song. (thanks, Jen - Boulder, CO)
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Comments (10):

If you would just simply LOOK AT the lyrics, you would see that this song was not written by James Taylor. It was written by Ronald Paul Morin.
- Glenn, Chapala, Mexico
@Mike, Taco Bell isn't Mexican Food. It's dog food.
- Terry, Colchester, VT
I saw him do this song in concert, and he used a tape recorder, timed perfectly, do reproduce the background singers, Crosby & Nash. It was cool.
- Richard, New York City, NY
This song is about being addicted to heroin. I have listened over and over...all the signs are there....I have been there myself. Call James Taylor and ask him. I live 20 miles from Chapel Hill. Sleepy eyes and body shaking like a live wire. I rest my case.
- TERRY, ROXBORO, RI
Froom ths songfacts, it seems like he's been there, but hasn't really been there. What I mean is was, physically in Mexico, but he never really got to experience Mexico.
- Stefanie, Rock Hill, SC
What happened when James got Traveler's Diarrhea? Was it because he drank the water, not realizing it was tainted?
- Annabelle, Eugene, OR
This song always makes me hungry for Mexican food. Damn it, just thinking about it now and I have to get some Taco Bell for lunch.
- Mike, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This song always puts a smile on my face. Pretty much any James Taylor song does that to me though. He is definitely one of music's greatest artists.
- Eric, Vista, CA
This song is incredibly catchy, I think because of the pseudo-Latin instruments. However, I resent it because he says "I've never really been so I don't really know... guess I'll have to go now." So it seems like he's buying into the stereotype (siestas, slow pace, sensual, very poor) without checking it out for himself. Now it may be that way but you can't just write a song titled for a place without knowing what you're talking about. Plus it's a good story - why does he have to ruin it by saying "I don't really know"?
- Ariel, Charlotte, NC
This is an amazing song. It really describes how it feels to be in Mexico. I also find it interesting that Crosby and Nash sang harmony
- Carly, San Diego, CA
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