blatantly bad 70s songs: i’m not lisa (jessi colter)
remember, this was the era of sybil.
in 1975, jessi colter, wife of waylon jennings, had her breakout hit (and only crossover pop hit) with i’m not lisa. i always misheard her singing the name in the song: she was singing: i’m not lisa. my name is julie.
why a country singer would be singing that she, in fact, was a character from a fluffy, frothy (and fun!) british novel for kids, i never understood. at least, i didn’t get it when i was 10.
i’m older now, of course; and i understand the lyrics a whole lot better than i did back then. nevertheless, i continue to wonder: why does the song’s subject even stay with a guy who calls her a name other than her own? i want to smack her silly and scream at her to develop a bit of a backbone.
while she’s at it, why didn’t colter try something else, something more country-ish and appropriate. something like:
my husband‘s a junkie
he looked like a monkey
he was a dukes of hazzard flunkie
and i apparently didn’t mind.
(no. i’m not a grammy-winning country lyrics writer. that would be my wonderful cousin.)
i’m not lisa. i’m not julie. and i’m not impressed, either.