Jackie Brown

Album: Big Daddy (1989)
Charted: 48


  • Eight years before Quentin Tarantino released the movie Jackie Brown, John Mellencamp used the title for a song that tells a very different story. Mellencamp's Jackie Brown is a destitute man who will never escape poverty.

    The song is not so much a social commentary as a reflection of how Mellencamp was feeling at the time. His finances and career were on the upswing, but he was devastated by the recent divorce from his second wife, Victoria Granucci, who took their two young daughters with her when she left their home in Indiana. Mellencamp explained to Rolling Stone: "I wrote 'Jackie Brown' about myself in a different scenario: me disguised as a poor guy - not as a guy that had been successful and pretty much lost everything, which in my mind I had, because I'd lost my daughters. The song is about how you have to go outside to use the bathroom because you've sunk so low."

Comments: 2

  • Susie from Venice,flI've been a fan of his for many years. I don't think I could pick a favorite... but having said that I think that Love and Happiness is more relevant today than any other of his songs.
    'Were dropping our bombs in the southern hemisphere ...' and people are starving that live right here' then they raise the price of oil,then they sensor our mouths '
  • Zander from Los AngelesAmazing song. The use of repeated questions really shows the sad and hopeless emotions.
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