This third instalment focuses on his more personal songs and the songs which tend to define his work- ballads and love songs. Many are breathtakingly beautiful and tender songs, that unlike Newman’s other songs, offer no protective irony, but bear the weight of human experience, pathos and melancholia. However, in a 2003 interview in Uncut Magazine, Newman claims, 'every time I write one, it's somehow fudged'.
Do you know how much you mean to me?/Should've told you 'cause it's true/I'd get over losing anything/But I'll never get over losing you/When you're young and there's time you forget the past/You don't think that you will but you do/But I know that I don't have time enough/And I'll never get over losing you
In an interview in the music magazine Uncut, Newman is characteristically understated about I Think its Going to Rain Today, one of his best known songs:
'You know I've changed my mind a little about that song. I used to think it was just sophomore college- boy romantic misery, sort of generalised young-man depression. I mean I was 21, 22. But it's not bad. You know 'Scarecrows dressed in the latest styles...' Just the fact that the song uses the word 'implore'-it's almost outside the vocabulary you use for pop music nowadays. So I have a higher opinion of that song than I used to.'
Feels like Home is a characteristically beautiful Newman piano ballad. A love song.
With a few exceptions-I Miss You and Dixie Flyer are examples-Newman rarely does autobiographical songs.
I Want You to Hurt Like I Do closes his 1988 album Land of Dreams and is a ballad about a man who emotionally damages his family without meaning to: