About Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)
“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” is a counterculture era song written by Mickey Newbury and, in 1968, a chart hit for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, which recorded the song in October 1967. Said to reflect the LSD experience, the song was intended to be a warning about the dangers of using the drug. It was first recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis, backed by members of “The Memphis Boys”, the chart-topping rhythm section at Chips Moman”s American Sounds Studio in Memphis, on May 9, 1967. The song appeared on Lewis” album Soul My Way, released November 1, 1967. Before Lewis” record was issued, on October 10, 1967, it was recorded by Teddy Hill & the Southern Soul as a single on Rice Records (Rice 5028 b/w “Stagger Lee”) and produced by Norro Wilson.
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“Just Dropped In …” by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition (with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals) was recorded in October 1967, and peaked at number five on the Billboard charts. It was Rogers” first top ten hit. The song captures the short-lived psychedelic era of the late 1960s, stands apart from the country folk harmonies that characterized most of the First Edition”s catalog, and got the group their first national TV audience on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.more »
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I woke up this morning with the sundown shining inI found my mind in a brown paper bag withinI tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles highI tore my mind on a jagged skyI just dropped in to see what condition my condition was inYeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was inI pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it inI watched myself crawling out as I was a-crawling inI got up so tight I couldn”t unwindI saw so much I broke my mindI just dropped in to see what condition my condition was inYeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was inSomeone painted April Fool in big black letters on a Dead End signI had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mindEight miles outta Memphis and I got no spareEight miles straight up downtown somewhereI just dropped in to see what condition my condition was inI said I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was inYeahyeahoh-yeah
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The First Edition The First Edition (later known as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition) was a country music/rock band. Its stalwart members were Kenny Rogers (lead vocals and bass guitar), Mickey Jones (drums and percussion) and Terry Williams (guitar and vocals). The band formed in 1967, with folk musician Mike Settle (guitar and backing vocals) and the operatically trained Thelma Camacho completing the lineup. more »