You’re Right, I’m Left, She’s Gone

My take on the song. What I like about the song is the way it opens with a question: Who is he talking to? It is someone who gave the singer/speaker advice, advice that he regrets not following. But the disappointment at losing the lover has eased and now he not only realizes he had made a mistake but also that the person to whom he is speaking has stood by him through it all and then in the fourth stanza we realize that he is talking to the woman who befriended him and for whom he has affections.

Click on link and scroll down to hear Elvis sing You’re Right, I’m Left, She’s Gone.

One critic’s take on the song. “One of the most interesting songs on the entire Sunrise collection is “I’m Left, You’re Right, She’s Gone”. Written by Kelster and Taylor, it’s a country song with lyrics so banal it would be verging on unlistenable in the hands of any other artist other than Elvis Presley. When Presley performs the song, he transforms it into one of his most fun and joyous songs of the period. Although it’s easy to her him mocking the lyrics in his delivery, it’s clear he’s enjoying performing the song greatly, and he propels Scotty Moore and Bill Black into some of their finest work of the Sun period. Whilst not being one of Presley’s masterpieces, the song is a clear testament to his genius.”

It was first released on the record For LP Fans.

About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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