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Classic Rewind: Crystal Gayle – ‘Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For’

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One response to “Classic Rewind: Crystal Gayle – ‘Why Have You Left The One You Left Me For’

  1. Alan Jobe January 24, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    This song spent two weeks at number one on the Billboard Country chart back in early 1979. It was the third and final time that Crystal would stay at number one for multiple weeks (Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – 4 weeks; Talking In Your Sleep – 2 weeks being the others).

    It was written by Mark True, who was inspired to write the song by his wife’s ex-fiancé. The ex would not give up trying to get True’s wife back. He kept writing her letters and sending her gifts. One day, a frustrated True asked himself – what would happen if the ex did in fact win her back. What do you say when the person who dumped you for someone else finally decides to leave them and come back to you? According to True, it took five minutes to write it once he got the idea.

    It’s definitely one of Crystal’s catchiest songs. Most people remember her for her ballads but songs like this prove she could sing up-tempo with the best of them.

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