Patsy Cline

She's Got You

Composed by Hank Cochran

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Written by Country Music Hall of Fame songwriter Hank Cochran, "She's Got You" is a classic countrypolitan tear-jerker. The song went to number one for Patsy Cline and almost cracked the Top Ten pop chart, a crossover hit that encompassed country as well as vocal jazz elements. The earliest album release of the song was on Sentimentally Yours in 1962. There are few voices more capable of expressing heartache than Cline's. She eases into "She's Got You" slyly, listing the material possessions she has to remind her of her ex, "I've got your picture that you gave to me/And it's signed with love, just like it used to be," winding herself up a little on "the only thing different, the only thing new," only to hit the listener softly again with the song's kicker, "I've got your picture, she's got you." Cline works it up again for the chorus, the climax of the song. The way she pauses between "it" and "got" on the line "I've got your memory, or has it got me?" alone demonstrates her stature as a masterful interpreter on par with the best in pop, Frank Sinatra and Aretha Franklin included. The underlying element of all these singers is the amount of soul each of them pours into the songs they sing; they inhabit their songs. And Cline seemed to live her art; her voice and her phrasing ache like Etta James. "She's Got You" is one of those classic songs -- of a certain formula, to be sure -- that could easily be a jazz, R&B, soul, or country song, depending on the interpretation and arrangement.

Cline's recording seems to span all of the above. This is due in no small part to the help of her legendary producer, Owen Bradley, who also fostered crossover hits for Brenda Lee and Eddy Arnold, among others. Bradley drew from some of the best musicians in Nashville, like instantly identifiable pianist Floyd Cramer and backup singers the Jordanaires (all of whom went on to record on some of Elvis Presley's biggest hits); these were musicians who did not recognize boundaries between country, pop, etc. The smooth and sophisticated sounds that resulted from such sessions epitomize the exuberant early days of rock & roll, the days before compartmentalization and classification. Cochran was just 27 when Cline scored her hit with "She's Got You," but had already enjoyed success the year before with Cline's version of another of his classics, "I Fall to Pieces." It was just this sort of well-written and mature material that Bradley had in mind when he took Cline under his wing. The following year, 1963, Ray Price would have a hit with Cochran's "Make the World Go Away," and Cochran teamed up with Bradley and Arnold to record the smash hit version of the same song.

Loretta Lynn recorded a version of "She's Got You" as a tribute to her friend Cline on I Remember Patsy (1977), but she sounds lost with the song. While Lynn's voice sounds magnificent as usual, she does not seem to know what to do with the phrasing, torn between her own inclinations and Cline's archetypal style. Instead of cutting her own straighter, honky tonk version, the Coal Miner's Daughter ends up sounding like someone reading the lyrics off a karaoke teleprompter. Leanne Rimes, the late '90's own "Little Miss Dynamite," gave "She's Got You" a good go, but the arrangement is intrusively syrupy -- swimming in all kinds of digital reverbs and delays and intruding on her remarkable voice. And Rimes herself sticks a little too close to the Cline blueprint without yet possessing the inherent heartbreaking quality in her voice.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Sentimentally Yours 1962 MCA 2:49
The Patsy Cline Story 1963 MCA 2:58
Patsy Cline's Greatest Hits 1967 Apo / Universal 3:01
No Image 1985
Various Artists
HBO/Cannon
Live at the Opry 1988 Universal Special Products / MCA 2:52
No Image 1990 MCA
The Legendary Patsy Cline [Heartland] 1990 Heartland Productions, Inc.
The Patsy Cline Collection [MCA] 1991 Phantom Import Distribution 3:10
Dreaming: 16 Original Greats 1993 Prism Entertainment 3:01
...And the Answer Is: Great Country Answer Discs from '60s, Vol. 3 1994
Various Artists
Bear Family Records
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The  Very Best of Patsy Cline 1996 Sound and Vision 3:00
Trucker's Jukebox, Vol. 4 [Universal] 1996
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 2:58
Double Barrel Country 1999 Madacy 3:03
Universal Masters Collection 1999 Polygram / Universal Distribution 3:08
Queen of Country 1999 Universal Distribution 3:02
The Best of Patsy Cline: Walkin' After Midnight 2000 MCA 3:08
Million Dollar Country 2000
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:02
Best of Country [GNP Crescendo] 2000
Various Artists
GNP/Crescendo 2:58
Essential Collection [Polygram] 2001 Spectrum Music 3:02
The Definitive Patsy Cline: 1932-1963 2003 Universal/MCA
The Definitive Collection 2004 MCA Nashville 2:59
Gold 2005 MCA Nashville 3:00
Anytime 2005 Universal / Universal Special Products 2:58
Sings Songs of Love/Anytime/Collector's Edition 2005 Madacy/Universal Special Products 3:01
Sweet Dreams Still: The Anthology 2005 MPI Home Video
The Ultimate Collection [Madacy] 2006 Madacy 3:01
Lifetime of Country Romance: Sweet Dreams 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:02
Lifetime of Country Romance Collection 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:02
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Showcase/Sentimentally Yours 2008 Beat Goes On 3:03
The Golden Age of American Popular Music: The Country Hits 2008
Various Artists
Ace 3:01
Best of Patsy Cline: Green Series 2008 Universal Distribution 3:00
RX for Lonely Housewives & Desperate Lovers 2008
Various Artists
Golden Music 2:59
Playlist Your Way 2008 MCA Nashville 2:59
Sweet Dreams 2009 Forever Music / Musicpro
Icon 2 2010 MCA Nashville 2:58
Sweet Dreams: Her Complete Decca Masters (1960-1963) 2010 Geffen / Hip-O Select / MCA Nashville 3:00
Across the Airwaves 2011 Chrome Dreams / United States of Distribution 2:43
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Hillbilly Music: 1962 2011
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 3:00
Grand Old Opry Live Classics, Vol. 1 2012
Various Artists
Opry Music 3:00
On the Air: Her Greatest TV Performances 2012 Island / Universal 2:46
No. 1 Country Hits Collection 2012
Various Artists
4:Squared 3:00
No Image 2013 K-Tel 3:02
The 1962 British Hit Parade, Pt. 1: January-May [Acrobat] 2013
Various Artists
Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:57
I Put The Bomp: Great R&R Answer Discs 2013
Various Artists
Great Voices of the Century / Highnote Records, Inc. 3:01
No Image 2013 Jazz Elite S.P. 3:00
No Image 2013 Sound and Vision 3:00
Girls of the '60s: Dedicated to the One I Love 2013
Various Artists
Dynamic 3:00
100 Country Hits & Greatest Country Classics 2013
Various Artists
4:Squared 3:00
50 Country Number Ones [Not Now] 2016
Various Artists
Not Now Music
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:02
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:02
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:02
Nice 'n' Easy [One Day]
Various Artists
One Day Music
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:02
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:02
No Image
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
No Image Proper
The Best of Patsy Cline [Pickwick] Pickwick 3:00
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