Jessie (song)

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Jessie by Joshua Kadison.jpg
Single by Joshua Kadison
from the album Painted Desert Serenade
Released May 11, 1993
Format CD single
Genre soft rock, pop. pop rock
Songwriter(s) Written by Peter Fitch Grant Fitch Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
Producer(s) Peter van Hooke
Rod Argent
Joshua Kadison singles chronology
"Picture Postcards From L.A."
"Picture Postcards From L.A."

"Jessie" is a song by American artist Joshua Kadison. It was released in May 1993 as the lead single from the album, Painted Desert Serenade, but did not become a hit in mainland Europe until 1994 and not until 1995 (on its third release, but after continuous commercial radio airplay) in the United Kingdom.


The song describes the narrator's tumultuous relationship with a woman named Jessie. The person named Jessie in this song was rumoured to be Sarah Jessica Parker,[1] with whom Kadison was involved at the time.

Track listing[edit]

CD single - 1993
  1. "Jessie" (Edit) - 4:19
  2. "Jessie" (Album Version) - 5:18
  3. "When A Woman Cries" - 3:31
  4. "All I Ever Ask" - 4:39

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly Charts[edit]

Chart (1993–95) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[2] 15
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 6
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 29
Canada (RPM)[5] 36
Denmark (IFPI) 9
Germany (Official German Charts)[6] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 16
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[8] 6
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[9] 15
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[10] 29
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 11
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)[12] 15
US Billboard Hot 100 26
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 11
US Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 23