Mickey Newbury Chords and Lyrics: “Just Dropped In . . .”

Newbury’s talent continues to surprise me. A song I had always liked, “Just Dropped In” was written by him. I had only heard the First Edition’s version, but after listening to Newbury, I think Newbury’s is just as good.  In my research of the song, I discovered that this was one of Kenny Roger’s early, if not earliest, hits when he sang if for the First Edition.  I also learned that Jerry Lee Lewis and Willie Nelson (as well as other artists) recorded the song.  Some say the song is about the LSD experience. Another source says the song was Jimi Hendrix’s favorite song. In my digging, I concluded that there was much more to this song than I had ever realized. Another song to add to my Americana show.  Here are the lyrics:
JUST DROPPED IN

I woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag, but then…
I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in
I got up so tight I couldn’t unwind
I saw so much I broke my mind
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

Someone painted “April Fool” in big black letters on a “Dead End” sign
I had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mind
Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare
Eight miles going left downtown somewhere
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in

I said I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
Yeah yeah oh-yeah

Contest News:

I won honorable mention in the New Millennium Writing Contest (summer) for my story, “Little Rose and the Confederate Cipher.” When I receive information on where you can read the story, I’ll let you know.

1 thought on “Mickey Newbury Chords and Lyrics: “Just Dropped In . . .”

  1. Congratulations on “Little Rose…”! Also, I always liked this song no matter who was singing it and I didn’t know about the Jimi Hendrix trivia, interesting. I hope your “condition” is much more than adequate…

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