Jack Johnson

About Taylor

"Taylor" is a song written and sung by Jack Johnson. It was the third single from his album On and On. Ben Stiller is featured in the extended version of the music video for the song. It peaked at No. 33 in New Zealand and No. 27 in Australia.


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They say Taylor was a good girl, never one to be late
Complain, express ideas in her brain
Working on the night shift, passing out the tickets
You're gonna have to pay her if you want to park here

Well mommy's little dancer is quite a little secret
Working on the streets now, never gonna keep it
It's quite an imposition and now she's only wishin'
That she would have listened to the words they said 
Poor Taylor

She just wanders around, unaffected by, 
The winter winds here, she'll pretend that
She's somewhere else, so far and clear
About two thousand miles, from here

Well Peter Patrick pitter patters on the window,
The sunny silhouette won't let him in
And poor old Pete's got nothing 'cause he's been falling
And somehow sunny knows just where he's been

He thinks that singin' on Sunday's gonna save his soul
Now that Saturday's gone
And sometimes he thinks that he's on his way, 
But I can see, that his brake lights are on

He just wanders around, unaffected by,
The winter winds here, and he'll pretend that
He's somewhere else, so far and clear,
About two thousand miles from here

Such a tough enchilada, filled up with nada 
Givin' what you gotta give to get a dollar bill
Used to be a limber chicken, times have been a ticking 
Now she's finger lickin' to the man
With the money in his pocket, flying in his rocket
And only stopping by on his way to a better world

If Taylor finds a better world
Then Taylor's gonna run away

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Jack Johnson

Jack Johnson is an American folk rock singer-songwriter, surfer and musician known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. In 2001, he achieved commercial success after the release of his debut album, Brushfire Fairytales. He has since released five more albums, a number of EPs and surfing movies/soundtracks. He is also known for organizing an annual event, the Kōkua Festival. Notable songs from Johnson's repertoire include "Upside Down"; "Flake"; "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing"; "If I Had Eyes"; "You and Your Heart"; "Taylor"; and "Better Together". more »

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Written by: Jack Hody Johnson

Lyrics © Bubble Toes Publishing, REACH MUSIC PUBLISHING

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10 facts about this song

Artist Background
Jack Johnson is an American singer-songwriter and musician, known for his work in the soft rock and acoustic genres. He wrote and performed "Taylor."
Release Details
"Taylor" was a single from Jack Johnson's album "On and Between Dreams" which was released in 2003.
Music Video
The popular music video for "Taylor" features actor Ben Stiller. Stiller is seen playing a director who constantly interrupts the filming of the music video with absurd suggestions and distractions.
Album Success
"On and Between Dreams", the album which features "Taylor," is Johnson's second studio album and it peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Critical Acclaim
The song received generally positive reviews from music critics for its catchy rhythms and lyrical depth.
While the specific inspiration for "Taylor" is not publicly known, Jack Johnson's songs are often inspired by personal experiences, relationships, and observations of life.
The song "Taylor" can be categorized as folk rock and acoustic rock, reflecting Jack Johnson's overall musical style.
Live Performances
"Taylor" frequently features in Jack Johnson's live performances; audiences often sing along to its catchy chorus.
Song Duration
The track runs for a total of 3 minutes and 59 seconds, making it one of the longer songs on the album.
Like many of Jack Johnson's songs, "Taylor" is known for its symbolic and thoughtful lyrics. Not only does it reference the superficiality of fame, but it also hints at the pressure to remain authentic amidst success.

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