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The First Edition Just Dropped In

The First Edition Just Dropped In

Psychedelic Pop Music

Here’s a proto-metal-psychedelic rock song from the counterculture days that cautions against using hallucinogens, such as LSD, and what it can do to your mind. The song was written by country singer-songwriter Mickey Newbury. Teddy Hill & The Southern recorded it in 1967 as did Jerry Lee Lewis for his 1967 album Soul My Way. The First Edition, with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals, had the hit with it in 1968, as the single went to #5 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was produced by legendary TV music composer Mike Post. There was is some interesting guitar work from Glen Campbell and Mike Deasy on it. The First Edition performed it on The Smother Brothers Comedy Hour, which was their first exposure before a national TV audience. There have been numerous covers of the song, including ones by artists as diverse as Kenny Rogers himself (on his Ten Years of Gold album) Betty LaVette, Tom Jones, Supergrass, Children of Bodom, Mojo Nixon, Willie Nelson, Murder by Death, Reef, The Launderettes, and Sinister Dexter.

The First Edition formed in California in 1967. Besides Kenny Rogers, there were Mickey Jones (drums and percussion), Terry Williams (guitar and vocals), Mike Settle (guitar and backing vocals), and Thelma Camacho. Aside from Mickey Jones, the others had been with the former New Christy Minstrels and wanted to break out into other kinds of music, which they did.

Here are the lyrics to ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” by The First Edition:

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

I woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag within
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 straight up 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”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

The Pass the Paisley Groove Pad is a resting stop, a place to┬áchill out and listen to the featured song on the┬ástereo. If the mood strikes you, click on the juke box to access and listen to the 50+ free online songs there. The TV has several channels, with selections updated twice a week. Every now and then, Pass the Paisley hosts an all-request of 1960s and 1970s songs for a Be-In at the juke box in the Groove Pad. Keep on truckin’. Hope you enjoyed “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) by The First Edition, featuring Kenny Rogers.

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