The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan

Album: Broken English (1979)
Charted: 48


  • Shel Silverstein wrote this song, which is about a woman who lives a comfortable, middle class lifestyle, but goes crazy. Mitch Myers, who is Silverstein's nephew, says of Shel, "As a storyteller, he was able to take the position, first and third person, and convey a story in a very straightforward way, and still be melodic, and still be truthful, and also have a hook. I mean, Shel didn't just write songs - he wrote hit songs. I mean, they sold. They were popular. Whether it be Country or Pop charts, they resonated with people, and they still remember them." (Mitch is author of Silverstein Around the World, which contains many more stories about Shel. Read more in our interview with Mitch Myers.)
  • Originally recorded by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show in 1975, this song was also covered by Bobby Bare and Belinda Carlisle. It was used in the movies Montenegro and Thelma & Louise.
  • In June 2007, when she was interviewed extensively for ITV's The South Bank Show, Marianne Faithfull said that when she heard the song she identified with it immediately. She said too that some people misinterpret the song thinking the story ends in suicide. In fact, although Lucy Jordan climbs onto the roof she doesn't jump but is taken away in an ambulance - to a mental hospital. When she climbs into the ambulance she is so far gone that she imagines she is riding through Paris in a sports car, something she had always dreamed about, as stated in the song." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander - London, England

Comments: 1

  • Ricky from Ohsweken, -Hi. If anyone reads this, I live in Ontario Canada and when I was younger (in the late 70's/early 80's) I heard a version of this song which I swear was done by Dolly Parton. If this sounds familiar to anyone here please let me know. Here's my email address - mention songfacts in the subject line.
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