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Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)

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"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" is a psychedelic rock song written by Mickey Newbury and best known from a version by the First Edition, recorded in 1967 and released to popular success in 1968. Said to reflect the LSD experience, the song was intended to be a warning about the dangers of using the drug.[1]

The song 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.[2] 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.

The First Edition version[edit]

"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"
Single by the First Edition
from the album The First Edition
B-side"Shadow in the Corner of Your Mind"
ReleasedJanuary 1968[3]
GenrePsychedelic rock[4]
Songwriter(s)Mickey Newbury
Producer(s)Mike Post
The First Edition singles chronology
"I Found a Reason / Ticket to Nowhere"
"Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"
"But You Know I Love You"

"Just Dropped In ..." was recorded by the First Edition (with Kenny Rogers on lead vocals) in October 1967, and peaked at number five[5] on the Billboard charts. It was Rogers' first top ten hit. The song captures the psychedelic era of the late 1960s with a hard rock edge that stands in stark contrast to much of the group's other music, which leaned towards country rock and emphasized harmony vocals.[6] Nonetheless, "Just Dropped In ..." led to the group's first national TV appearance on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

The song was the group's second single from their debut album, The First Edition. Producer Mike Post reversed a few riffs to create the intro; the guitar solo played by Glen Campbell was heavily compressed and a tremolo effect was used to achieve its sound. Another studio guitarist, Mike Deasy, provided the acoustic lead guitar parts. The track was recorded by Jimmy Valentine at "Valentine Recording Studios" located in Valley Village California.

When Rogers signed with United Artists Records, in the mid-1970s after the breakup of First Edition, he re-recorded the track for his Ten Years of Gold album.

The First Edition version appears in:

Other recordings[edit]


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  2. ^ Bass, Ari (1994). Jerry Lee Lewis Smash / Mercury Discography. Germany: Bear Family Records.
  3. ^ "Billboard". January 13, 1968.
  4. ^ Breihan, Tom (April 13, 2020). "The Number Ones: Kenny Rogers' "Lady"". Stereogum. Retrieved July 15, 2023. The First Edition scored a big hit with the 1967 psych-rock banger "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)"...
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits: Eighth Edition. Record Research. p. 536.
  6. ^ "Kenny Rogers | Awards". AllMusic. 1938-08-21. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  7. ^ DeYoung, Bill (27 May 2014). "[Article 60] The rise and fall of Kenny Rogers". Bill DeYoung.com. Archived from the original on February 15, 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Getaway – The Launderettes | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  9. ^ "White Denim – "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (Mickey Newbury Cover)". 24 November 2015.
  10. ^ Bush, John. "Together, the Best of Reef". AllMusic. Retrieved 27 June 2013.