She's Gone

Album: Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)
Charted: 42 7
  • Everybody's high on consolation
    Everybody's trying to tell me what's right for me
    My daddy tried to bore me with a sermon
    But it's plain to see that they can't comfort me

    Sorry Charlie for the imposition
    I think I've got it, got the strength to carry on
    I need a drink and a quick decision
    Now it's up to me, ooh what will be

    She's gone, oh I, oh I'd
    Better learn how to face it
    She's gone, oh I, oh I'd
    Pay the devil to replace her
    She's gone, what went wrong

    Get up in the morning look in the mirror
    I'm worn as her tooth brush hanging in the stand
    My face ain't looking any younger
    Now I can see love's taken her toll on me

    She's gone, oh I, oh I'd
    Better learn how to face it
    She's gone, oh I, oh I'd
    Pay the devil to replace her
    She's gone, what went wrong

    Think I'll spend eternity in the city
    Let the carbon and monoxide choke my thoughts away
    And pretty bodies help dissolve the memories
    But they can never be what she was to me

    She's gone, oh I, oh I'd
    Better learn how to face it
    She's gone, oh I, oh I'd
    Pay the devil to replace her
    She's gone, what went wrong

    She's gone, oh I, oh I'd
    Better learn how to face it
    She's gone (she's gone)
    I can't believe that she's gone, oh I
    I'd pay the devil to replace her
    She's gone oh I, oh I'd
    Better learn how to face it
    She's gone (she's gone)
    I can't believe that she's gone, oh I
    I'd pay the devil to replace her
    She's gone (she's gone)
    She's gone (she's gone)
    She's gone (she's gone)
    She's gone (she's gone)
    She's gone

Comments: 17

  • Markantney from BiloxeJul 2015

    Guy - Woodinville, Wa; I agree, one of their best songs, regardless of tempo.

    But guessing why it didn't climb higher... The song is more R&B than Pop, so I can see it not getting it's just due back then. It took Sara Smile, LowDown (Scaggs), "You Make Me Feel Like Dancin" (which I don't like), AND YES DISCO:):):)to completely tear that R&B-Pop Wall Down.
  • Markantney from BiloxeFeb 2015,

    Of course growing up in a "Soul" Environment I heard Tavares version first. Didn't even know it was an H&O Original to probably sometime in the late 90s I believe? And it's maybe because their biggest hit (when I was younger) was "Sara Smiles"; which I've never really liked, just an ok song to me.

    I like both versions but H&Os slightly more.

    And BTW, if you like Tavares version, find their hits before they went "Disco"; they have a few songs that are on par or better than "She's Gone": It Only Takes a Minute, Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel, Never Had A Love Like This Before,.... Though Tavares uptempo/Disco songs aren't bad either.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn February 3rd 1974, Daryl Hall & John Qates' debut record, "She's Gone", entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 for a eight week stay, peaking at #60...
    Then two years later on July 18th, 1976 it re-entered the Top 100 at position #73; and on October 24th, 1976 it peaked at #7 {for 2 weeks} and this time around spent 20 weeks on the Top 100...
    In late 1974 on September 29th Tavares' covered version of the song entered the Top 100 at #89; eventually it peaked at #50 and stayed on the chart for 16 weeks.
  • Ken from Louisville, KyThis and their cover of "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" are the only two H&O hits that prominently feature John Oates' vocals.
  • Tom Atkins from Los Angeles, CaNear perfection as it relates to songwriting. This was not a cover and the H&O version on the 1973 Abandoned Luncheonette album is THE ORIGINAL as written and performed on that Atlantic vinyl in '73. As others above have stated, Tavares recorded their version of it in 1974 and had more mass success with it up to that point, but the subsequent re-release ion 1976 by H&O combined with their original release success in '73 made this a huge hit for H&O. If you've never heard the duo perform this live, you need to check out a 70's live recording of it.....they kill it!
  • Oldpink from Farmland, InOates' drumming on this is wonderfully understated.
    Killer singing, too.
  • John from Dallas, TxHall and Oates wrote "She's Gone" and recorded the original version for inclusion on their 1973 album Abandoned Luncheonette, and released it as a single. The song was only marginally successful at that time. Later, after Hall and Oates signed with a different label (RCA) and started having hits, Atlantic re-released the song and it became huge.
  • Guy from Woodinville, WaThis is Hall & Oates' greatest of many great songs! I'm surprised it only made it to #7 back in the day. This is one of the classic songs from the classic rock era--maybe the best blue-eyed sould song ever! I love reading above about how they wrote it during love lost.
  • Djchizz from Bean Town, MaLou Rawls did the original version in 1975, also
    release a album "She's Gone"
  • Nucan from Detroit, MiThis is a great song. In the last few years I've been hearing a longer version with an extended intro and sax solo.Never heard the cover version thogh.
  • Tom from Dozier, AlOkay, I'm not feeling like I've lost my mind. I just found "She's Gone" here on Songfacts in the section "Songs That Became Hits When They Were Re-Released." That still doesn't tell me who did the song originally, but I know I didn't dream hearing "She's Gone" back in 1967. Thanks for letting me vent.
  • Tom from Dozier, AlI'm coming back to "She's Gone" again. The first time I heard it by Hall & Oates, I knew the lyrics, title, etc.. I went to Audiogalaxy in 2002 and found the mp3 version that I had heard in 1967 or 1968. Things like this always grate on me. I wish I could remember the original artists name. THe only thing I can be sure of is that I heard the song before H & O came out with it.
  • Michael from San Diego, CaDerek, these guys are out of Philadelphia and met while they were both attending Temple University. Their musical harmonies really captures the soulful spirit of the "City of Brotherly Love"!
  • Tony from Boston, MaThey just don't write them like this anymore....GREAT SONG !!!
  • Derek from Cambridge, New ZealandThis is without doubt my most favourie song from the duo. It means so much to me, for personal reasons, and also it gives me a feeling of 'being on the West Coast' of the USA! Get lyrics, great harmonies...just all-round SUPERB!!!
  • Robin from Birmingham, AlI agree with Tom: although I cannot remember exactly when I first heard the Hall & Oates version (maybe early '73?), I DEFINITELY remember that it PRECEDED Tavares' cover. And while Edward is correct about the H&O version being released twice (and he may also be correct about its achieving a higher chart position the second time), I still don't think it's quite accurate to say that it wasn't a hit for H&O the first time. It got PLENTY of airplay on Top 40 radio in the Washington, DC area where I was living at the time.
  • Tom from Dozier, AlI remember hearing this song before 1973. Could this have been a cover?
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