Written by Jessi, it was released as a stand alone single in 1975, and would eventually become her first major hit as a solo artist, where she also plays the piano accompaniment on the studio recording.
The song peaked at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart later that year, and was eventually included on her second studio album I’m Jessi Colter. It also became a major crossover pop hit, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Because of this song, Jessi earned a Grammy nomination in the categories for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song.
“I’m Not Lisa” was produced by Jessi’s iconic outlaw country husband Waylon Jennings, along with Ken Mansfield, and tells the classic story of a girl who’s in love with a man that can’t quite seem to get over his ex.
It has since been covered by countless other artists, including Lynn Anderson, Faith Hill, Anne Kirkpatrick and Tanya Tucker, just to name a few.
It’s a country music classic, and one of my all-time favorite sad songs that simply doesn’t get old: