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She's Gone

Everybody's high on consolation

Everybody's trying to tell me what's right for me

My daddy tried to bore me with a sermon

but it's plain to see that they can't comfort me

Sorry Charlie for the imposition

I think I've got it, got the strength to carry on

I need a drink and a quick decision

Now it's up to me, ooh what will be


She's Gone Oh I, Oh I'd

better learn how to face it

She's Gone Oh I, Oh I'd

pay the devil to replace her

She's Gone - what went wrong

Up in the morning look in the mirror

I'm worn as her tooth brush hanging in the stand

my face ain't looking any younger

now I can see love's taken her toll on me

She's Gone

Think I'll spend eternity in the city

let the carbon and monoxide choke my thoughts away

and pretty bodies help dissolve the memories

but they can never be what she was to me

She's Gone


“She's Gone" is a song written about Hall's divorce from Bryna Lublin. Daryl married her in  June 1969 and they separated in June 1972. The divorce was carried out in March or April 1973 (source: Dangerous Dances, page 50-51).

The first recording session of “She’s Gone” take place on March 22, 1973 in NYC.  Later, April 30, 1973, the version we all know was recorded. Here are the musicians:

Joe Farrell (tenor sax, synthesizid by Christopher Bond) Daryl Hall (el-p, vo) John Oates (g, vo) Christopher Bond (el-g, mellotron, syn) Steve "Fontz" Gelfand (b) Bernard Purdie (drums) Ralph MacDonald (per).

John tells how it came lo be written (Brad Gooch Hall & Oates biography, page 30,31):

"Daryl and l had both gone through similar heartbreaking experiences.
New Year's Eve, a few years ago, I was waiting for this girl to come over. She stood me up. Rather than do anything, l decided, well, I'll just write a song. So I came up with this, 'She's gone, oh I, oh I'... it was very simple. Then Daryl came around a little bit later. He was going through a thing where he was separating with someone. We began to write. He added some piano, changed the melody, and it began to happen. When we finally collaborated on the lyrics,  he drew from his experiences and I drew from mine. We created something that's intimate, yet universal, l think everyone can relate to that song."




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