Lyle Lovett Spins Through Jackson Browne's 'Rosie' - Song Premiere

New album pays tribute to Browne's career

December 20, 2013 10:00 AM ET
Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne
'Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne'
Courtesy Music Road Records

Jackson Browne has paid tribute to friends Warren Zevon and Bob Dylan on recent records, but this spring, he will be honored on Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Browne (Music Road). The album will feature covers by several of Browne's fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, plus young admirers – and one highlight is Lyle Lovett's faithful take on Browne's classic piano ballad "Rosie," originally released on 1977's multi-platinum Running on Empty. Get an exclusive first listen to that cover here.

Jackson Browne Talks About the Power of Polyester

The song's lyrics, which are seemingly about a lonely groupie, have puzzled fans over the years. "This is a true story about a guy I knew who used to sit right over there and he mixed the monitors onstage," Browne said onstage in 1978. In a 2003 interview with the Guardian, however, Browne admitted the surprising meaning of the song: "It's about masturbation," he said. "You know, Rosie Palm and her five sisters? People have listened to that song and loved it for years without knowing that. My mother, who listens to lyrics very thoughtfully, said to me, 'I've finally figured out what that song's about,' and I'm thinking, 'Oh shit.' She said: 'It's about wine, isn't it? Rosé? Am I right?' So I really appreciate that my mother didn't get all the way there imagining that."

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Around the Web
Powered By ZergNet
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“I Was Made to Love Her”

Stevie Wonder | 1967

Stevie Wonder discovered true love while still a teenager, writing this ode to young love when he was only 17. The song, Wonder explained, "kind of speaks of my first love, to a girl named Angie, who was a very beautiful woman. She's married now. Actually, she was my third girlfriend but my first love. I used to call Angie up and we would talk and say, 'I love you, I love you,' and we'd talk and we'd both go to sleep on the phone.” The Beach Boys, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston and Boyz II Men have all recorded versions of "I Was Made to Love Her."

More Song Stories entries »