Jessi Colter performs “I’m Not Lisa” On Hee Haw 1972.

It reached number # 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for a week, and stayed 18 weeks on the charts, also reached number one on the Canadian RPM Country Singles charts. It was the first and only number one of the career of Jessi. Which became Colter's signature tune and its greatest success.

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I’m Not Lisa:

Single cover Jessi Colter ( Capitol 1975 )
Single cover Jessi Colter ( Capitol 1975 )

Song written and recorded by Jessi Colter for the Capitol label, was recorded in October 1974, between Sound Factory, Hollywood, CA and Glaser Sound Studios, Nashville, TN. Jessi was accompanied on the recording of the album by: Jessi Colter (vocal & piano), Waylon Jennings (guitar), John Buck Wilkins (guitar & back vocal), Reggie Young (guitar), Ralph Mooney and Weldon Myrick (steel), Duke Goff and Tommy Cogbill (bass), Richie Albright (drums), Johnny Gimble (fiddle), Larry Muhoberac (piano & strings), Elmo Peeler (strings), Jim Gordon, Slide Hyde, Mack Johnson (horns), Billy Ray Reynolds, Marojohn Wilkins, Margie McMahon, Lee Montgomery, Bruce King, Lea Jane Berinari, Wendy Suits and Sharon Vaughn (vocal back). With the production of Ken Mansfield & Waylon Jennings, the song was released on January 16, 1975, on May 24, 1975, it reached number # 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs for a week, and stayed 18 weeks on the charts, also reached number one on the Canadian RPM Country Singles charts, on June 14, 1975. It was the first and only number one of the career of Jessi. Which became Colter’s signature tune and its greatest success.

The song was included in their debut album, I’m Jessi Colter (Capitol 1975), the album was released in January 1975, and on May 10, 1975, it reached number # 4 on the U.S Top Country Albums charts.

The song “I’m not Lisa” describes the pain that comes with dating someone who has not outdone a previous lover. Specifically, the song is about a woman named Julie who regrets the fact that her boyfriend keeps mentioning his former girlfriend, named Lisa.

Lp cover Jessi Colter ( Capitol 1975 )
Lp cover Jessi Colter ( Capitol 1975 )

Some versions :
Tanya Tucker 1975 ( MCA )
Lynn Anderson 1975 ( Columbia )
Sue Richards 1976 ( ABC Dot )
Roy Drusky 1976 ( Scorpion )
Elizabeth Cook 2002 ( Warner )
Joey + Rory 2014 ( Spring house )
Stella Parton 2016 ( Raptor )

Jessi Colter – I’m Not Lisa Lyrics

I’m not Lisa
My name is Julie
Lisa left you years ago
My eyes are not blue
But mine won’t leave you
Until the sunlight has touched your face

She was your morning light
Her smile told of no night
Your love for her grew
With each rising sun

And then one winter day
His hand led hers away
She left you here drowning in your tears, here
Where you’ve stayed for years
Crying Lisa, Lisa

I’m not Lisa
My name is Julie
Lisa left you years ago
My eyes are not blue
But mine won’t leave you
Until the sunlight has touched your face

I’m not Lisa

Single Jessi Colter ( Capitol 1975 )
Single Jessi Colter ( Capitol 1975 )

Miquel Batlle
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