She (He) Thinks I Still Care

02:50
Sarah Barker
2014
Dickey Lee Lipscomb

Story

For me, George Jones was the quintessential voice of country music.  Steve and I were in Nashville on the day he died.   We had just crossed the street and were in front of Tootsie’s when a reporter stopped a couple of guys next to us and asked them what they thought about the news that George had passed.  It was a terrible way to find out, and we were stunned and greatly saddened by the news.  We proceeded to request Jones’ songs in every honky-tonk up and down lower Broadway.  This song was a number one C&W hit for him in the spring of 1962.  It’s been covered by others, including Anne Murray who went to number one with it as well in 1974.  James Taylor does a great version as well.  Another favorite version was rendered by Leon Russell on his Hank Wilson’s Back album.  It’s a true country keepsake, and never gets old for me.

Lyrics

Just because I asked a friend about him

Just because I spoke his name somewhere

Just because I rang his number by mistake today

He thinks I still care

And just because I haunt the same old places

Where the memory of him lingers everywhere

Just because I’m not the happy girl I used to be

He thinks I still care

But if he’s happy thinking I still need him

Then let that silly notion bring him cheer

How could he ever be so foolish?

Tell me where would he get such an idea?

Just because I asked a friend about him

Just because I guess I spoke his name somewhere

Just because I saw him then went all to pieces

He thinks I still care

Well, he thinks I still care