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Elvis SongPedia: I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone

I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Stan Kesler, Bill Taylor

Recorded: Exact date unknown, Memphis Recording Service (Sun Studio), Memphis:
  • Slow version ("My Baby's Gone") probably November 15, 1954
  • Master version possibly either November 15, 1954 or March 5, 1955
Released master is take 6. Slow version is take 5 from earlier '54 session.

Single: w/ "Baby Let's Play House", Sun 217 (45rpm and 78rpm), April 10, 1955
Re-released by RCA Victor on 47-6383 (20-6383 for 78rpm), January 23, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0604, September 30, 1958

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart.

1st LP release: - February 1959
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My Spin

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Stan Kesler, in his own words, "was on the kick of catchy titles" when he cranked out "I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" (and later "I Forgot to Remember to Forget") for his buddy Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Unlike the later tune, this one wasn't just a straight-forward country outing, at least not once Elvis, Scotty and Bill got through with it! It may be on the 'billy side of rockabilly but it's a bouncy upbeat ride, with Elvis in full hiccup mode and some shouts and vocal swoops thrown in for good measure. Bill Black and drummer Jimmie Lott (not D.J. Fontana) keep it jumping and Scotty's solo is perfect for the tune. Recording date info is sketchy for this one, so it may have been earlier or in the same session that they tried this song out as a slow blues, sometimes referred to as "My Baby's Gone". To me it's a fine curiosity from the Sun vaults, but I still prefer the rockabilly version.



Other Spins

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The title of 'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone' has always been something of a mystery. This is how it is always referred to, but in the song Presley mainly sings 'You're Right, I'm Left, She's Gone', which makes more sense as the title. Whatever the title, the addition of D.J. Fontana on drums gives a more solid backing, and the result is one of the beefiest Presley performances so far. This record was a moderate hit in Britain three years later, which says something for its undated sound; but it stands to one side of the rock mainstream, since it has a greater country feel than rock enthusiasts like.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979





Elvis basking in his Sun glory, overflowing with energy and hopping all over the place in the phrases with a brilliant Scotty Moore guitar. Rockabilly!

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982



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"I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone" Lyrics

Well, you're right, I'm left, she's gone
You're right, and I'm left all alone
Well, you tried to tell me so
But how was I to know
That she was not the one for me

You told me all along
You're right, our love was so wrong
But now I changed my mind
Because she broke the ties that bind
And I know that she never cared for me

Well, I thought I knew just what she'd do
I guess I'm not so smart
Oh, you tried to tell me along she'd only break my heart
I'm left, you're right, she's gone
You're right, and I'm left all alone

Well, she's gone I know not where
But now I just don't care
For now I'm falling for you

If you'll forgive me now
I'll make it up somehow
So happy we will be
In a home just for three
And I'll soon forget her
Now I know

Well, I thought I knew just what she'd do
I guess I'm not so smart
You tried to tell me all along
She'd only break my heart

Well, you're right, I'm left, she's gone
You're right, and I'm left all alone
Well, she's gone, I know not where
But now I just don't care
For now I've fallen for you
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