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She Thinks I Still Care
Story and Song written by Dickey Lee
I used to tell a story to the audience when I played this song live. I would say, "This song is about the first girl I really fell in love with, and she really messed me up. But things worked out okay because George Jones had a #1 record with it. Then Anne Murray had a big hit with it, and then Elvis had a big hit with it."
I had an apartment in Memphis in 1962 and I was going to Memphis State. I met a girl there who I really liked, but it wasn't reciprocated. Her name was Beverly Meyer. We're actually still friends today. I don't see her regularly, but we keep in contact. The funny thing about that song was that I wasn't thinking about writing a hit at all. I was just writing a song about her.
The first guy I pitched it to was Elvis. I gave it someone who knew Elvis and he said he would make sure he heard it. I didn't hear anything else about it, so I just forgot about it. Years later, I was talking to Elvis and he was saying how much he liked it and that he wanted to record it one day. I said, "Well, you're the first guy I sent it to."
He said, "What are you talking about?"
I said, "Well, I gave it to so-and-so to play for you," and Elvis said, "He never let me hear it." Elvis eventually did cut it, but it was on his last album. He put it out on the Moody Blue album.
George Jones got a copy of it, though, and cut it in 1963. Anne Murray cut it in the 1970s as "He Thinks I Still Care," and it works just as well.
Years ago, I was told that this had been covered over 500 times and it's hard to say how many more since then. James Taylor covered it on a live album he did back in the 1990s.
I think all songwriters have had their hearts broken at least once. But it sure helps when a broken heart can make you that much money.
Rebecca Lin 2011 Summer In USA