I'm Not Lisa

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"I'm Not Lisa"
Single by Jessi Colter
from the album I'm Jessi Colter
B-side "For the First Time"
Released January 6, 1975
Format 45 RPM
Recorded 1974
Genre Country
Length 3:19
Label Capitol
Writer(s) Jessi Colter
Producer(s) Ken Mansfield
Waylon Jennings
Jessi Colter singles chronology
"Under Your Spell Again"
"I'm Not Lisa"
"What's Happened to Blue Eyes"

"I'm Not Lisa" is a country music song written and recorded by American country artist Jessi Colter. It was released as a single on January 16, 1975 by Capitol Records. "I'm Not Lisa" would become Colter's first major hit as a solo artist.


"I'm Not Lisa" was written by Colter and describes the pain that comes with dating someone who has not gotten over their previous lover. Therefore the narrator of the song, Julie, laments the fact that her lover keeps mentioning his previous lover, named Lisa.[1]

While singing on the recording of the original version of the song, Colter also played the song's piano accompaniment on the keyboards.[2] The song was produced by Ken Mansfield and Colter's husband, Waylon Jennings. Both men would also produce Colter's 1975 album, as well as her further releases for Capitol records.[3] The song has since been covered by many artists, including Rosemary Clooney, Marianne Faithfull, Tanya Tucker, Faith Hill and Nana Mouskouri in a French version. Elizabeth Cook recorded a version for her 2002 album Hey, Y'all. In 2005, Erika Jo recorded a version for her self-titled debut album, and also released it as single to country radio, but it failed to chart. Deana Carter performed a cover of the song with Colter for her 2007 album, The Chain.[4] The rock band Killdozer (band) also covered "I'm Not Lisa" on their 1986 release Burl (EP).

Chart performance[edit]

"I'm Not Lisa" was released on Capitol Records January 6, 1975, making its debut on the country chart February 15.[4] The song became Colter's commercial breakthrough as a solo artist, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, while also becoming a major crossover Pop hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 as well. In addition, the song also reached #16 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, and was released on Colter's debut Capitol album, I'm Jessi Colter.[5] The song earned Colter a Grammy award nomination in the category of Best Female Country Vocal Performance[1] and a Country Music Association Awards nomination.

Colter's follow-up single "What's Happened to Blue Eyes" became a Top 10 country hit. However, none of her subsequent releases for Capitol in the 1970s came close to the success of "I'm Not Lisa", which later became Colter's signature tune and her only #1 single.[6]


Chart (1975) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 4
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 16
Canadian RPM Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Pop Singles 6
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Singles 1
Austrian Top 40 17
New Zealand Singles Chart 17
Preceded by
"(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"
by B.J. Thomas
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

May 24, 1975
Succeeded by
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
by John Denver
Preceded by
"Window Up Above"
by Mickey Gilley
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

June 14, 1975
Succeeded by
"I Ain't All Bad"
by Charley Pride


  1. ^ a b Coyne, Kevin J. (April 14, 2008). "Country Universe - 100 Greatest Women, #80 - Jessi Colter". Country Universe.net. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  2. ^ ""I'm Not Lisa" - lyrics and description". deenotes.homestead.com. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  3. ^ "Jessi Colter - "Im Not Lisa" (7)". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  4. ^ a b Zimmerman, Keith and Kent (2003). The Very Best of Jessi Colter: An Outlaw...a Lady (CD liner notes). 
  5. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Jessi Colter > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  6. ^ Wolff, Kurt. "Ch. 9 - Dreaming My Dreams: The Outlaws Hit Town". In Orla Duane. London, England, UK: Rough Guides Ltd. 

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