She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye Lyrics

1969 honky tonk classic
by Jerry Lee Lewis

Classic vinyl record memories, She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye.

She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye Lyrics was written by Doug Gilmore and Mickey Newbury and became a #2 song for Jerry Lee Lewis in 1969.

It's one of my many favorite old country music lyrics by Jerry Lee. I thought the ending was special as the writers managed to wait toward the end of the song to write in the song title. A different twist to a well written song.

1968 was a great year to start a country career for Jerry Lee Lewis. Two albums, "Another place another time" released in 1968 and "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye" released in 1970 were the ultimate in true honky tonk experience.

The album "Another Place, Another Time", ended 10 years in the wilderness for Lewis. Formerly a rock 'n' roll hitmaker, his real success was found in country music and this 1968 album was the start of 14 years of hits. Why Lewis did not concentrate on country until now remains a mystery.

She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye Lyrics
Classic honky tonk Country at its best.

Click on photo to obtain a better read of the record. Click again for larger read.

The song was originally released as a single in 1969 and climbed to #2 on the Country charts. These two albums are among the most commercially successful country vinyl LP albums ever done and Lewis makes them personal. 

When you listen to these songs he really connects with the listener and makes you believe he has lived them.

Pure heartfelt emotion and it only gets better. "She Even Woke Me up to Say Goodbye" is classic country music for the true country fan.  It's sad that "The Killer" is always overlooked and my personal opinion is that no one sings classic, tear your heart out honky tonk country, better than Jerry Lee Lewis.

In the book Jerry Lee Lewis: Lost and Found, producer Jerry Kennedy told author Joe Bonomo, "He learned "She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye" and did that cut of it after hearing the song one time. He really is a genius."

The album also features the top 5 hit "Once More with Feeling," which was written by Kris Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein. Bonomo quotes Kristofferson: "I consider Jerry Lee Lewis one of the great singers of all time. Put him up there with opera singers. He had a way of transforming my songs into something I couldn't believe I was hearing."

So fellows, if your lady just dumped you, and you're crying in your beer, this classic honky tonk song, "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye" just might get you through the night.   

She Even Woke Me up to Say Goodbye Lyrics
Jerry Lee Lewis 1969 #2 song
written by Doug Gilmore and Mickey Newbury

Mornin' has come, and Lord, my mind is aching, yes it is
Sunshine standing quietly at my door

Just like the heart is silently breakin'
With my goes tumbling to the floor

Once again...the whole town will be talkin'...yes they will
Lord, I've seen ...the pity that's in their eyes

They could never's her's not a man
And no matter what they say...I know she tried

Baby's packed her soft things and she's left me, she's left me, she's left me
And I know she didn't mean to make me cry

It's not her heart,'s her mind
She didn't mean to be unkind

Why...she even woke me up to say goodbye

It's not her heart,'s her mind
She didn't mean to be unkind

Why...she even woke me up to say goodbye

Goodbye, baby...

Return to Jerry Lee Lewis main page.

Return Home.

Enjoy this page? Share it with your friends!

Would you prefer to share this page with others by linking to it?

  1. Click on the HTML link code below.
  2. Copy and paste it, adding a note of your own, into your blog, a Web page, forums, a blog comment, your Facebook account, or anywhere that someone would find this page valuable.

FTC Disclosure: If you make a purchase via a link on this site, I may receive a small commission on the transaction - at no added cost to you. Thank you!

Visit the Jerry Lee Lewis Amazon store.

See all 272 albums in one location.

"Crazy" - Is this the best jukebox song ever?

"Give me a old dusty dark bar with Patsy on the jukebox and a cold one at the ready. It just doesn't get any better than that." Read more...

Why did Patsy Cline not like this song when she first heard it?

The song "True Love Ways" was recorded in the presence of Buddy's wife, and should be appreciated for the impact of this great song, and the love that inspired it.  Read the story here.

Don't Break The Heart
That Loves You.

This haunting ballad is about a plea from a heartbroken teenager trying to understand why her boyfriend is going out of his way to treat her unkindly. Read more...

You're The Only One.

This song brings back those special vinyl record memories of the summer of '79 when I spent many nights alone with Dolly and she whispered in my ear.

You're the only one...
You're the only one...
Take me back to where
we started from.

And let's make it now
Like we made it then.
This old heart ain't gonna break your heart again. Read More...

Read about the nights I spent alone with Dolly in 1979.

The End - Earl Grant

A truly beautiful song with words that reflect the long lasting meaning of love.

"But just tell me you love me and you are only mine ...
And our love will go on 'til the end of time."  Read more ...

Go to Earl Grant page and read the story of this talented man and beautiful song.

Over the Mountain was originally a #8 hit in 1957 for "Johnnie & Joe," and was a cover for Bobby Vinton in 1963. What other cover song did Bobby Vinton take to #1 the same year? Read more.

Go to Over The Mountain cover song by Bobby Vinton.

Tucked between the 50s Doo Wop  groups and the mid-60s British invasion was the phenomenon known as the Girl Groups.  Read More.

Girl Groups pages start here | Teen girl groups from the 50s to the 60s.

"What Kinda Girl" is Rosanne Cash?  Click here and find out!

Top of Page