George Jones performs “Things Have Gone To Pieces” On The Jimmy Dean Show 1965.

In his memory of Jones 2016 The Grand Tour, biographer Rich Kienzle states: "George's incomparable approach elevated this simple ballad to a masterpiece that became his first solo hit on Musicor in the spring of 1965. Today is still a highlight of his six years with the Musicor label.

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Things Have Gone To Pieces:

Single cover George Jones ( Musicor 1965 )
Single cover George Jones ( Musicor 1965 )

A song written by Leon Payne and recorded for the first time by Leon himself, for the D stamp in 1960, the George Jones recording was recorded for the Musicor label, on January 7, 1965, at the Columbia Recording Studio, 804 16th Ave. South, Nashville, TN, with the production of Pappy Daily, was released on March 13, 1965. It was Jones’ first single after signing with the Musicor label, and he spent a total of twenty-one weeks on the Billboard charts, reaching # 9. In his memory of Jones 2016 The Grand Tour, biographer Rich Kienzle states: “George’s incomparable approach elevated this simple ballad to a masterpiece that became his first solo hit on Musicor in the spring of 1965 Today is still a highlight of his six years with the Musicor label.

The song would be included the album, Love Bug (Musicor 1966), and would be included on the album,
Sings The Great Songs Of Leon Payne (Musicor 1971).
In 2006, Haggard & Jones, re-recorded for the album, Kickin ‘Out the Footlights (Vanguard Records 2006).

Single Leon Payne ( D 1960
Single Leon Payne ( D 1960

Versions:

Little Jimmy Dickens 1965 (Columbia)
Jimmy Dean 1966 (Columbia)
Conway Twitty 1967 (Decca)
Don Gibson 1971 (Hickory Records)
Johnny Paycheck 1996 (K-Tel)
Van Morrison 2006 (Exile Rec)

George Jones – Things Have Gone To Pieces Lyrics

Oh, the faucet started
Drippin’ in the kitchen
And last night your picture
Fell down from the wall
Today the boss said “Sorry,
I can’t use you anymore.”
And tonight the light bulb
Went Out in the hall

[Chorus:]
Things have gone to pieces since you left me
Nothing turns out half-right now it seems
There ain’t nothing in my pocket,
But three nickels and a dime
But I’m holding to the pieces of my dream

Somebody threw a baseball
Through my window
And the arm fell off
My fav’rite chair, again
The man called me today and said,
“He’d haul my things away
If I didn’t get my payments made by ten.”

[Chorus:]
Things have gone to pieces since you left me
Nothing turns out half-right now it seems
There ain’t nothing in my pocket,
But three nickels and a dime
But I’m holding to the pieces of my dream…

Single George Jones ( Musicor 1965 )
Single George Jones ( Musicor 1965 )

Miquel Batlle
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