Song of the Day #2,470: ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

lebowski_conditionI can point to a handful of filmmakers who use music in their movies better than the rest. They’ll all show up on this list, some more than once.

I definitely count the Coen Brothers among that group, though in their case it’s more about how they use sound of all kinds — music, score, ambient effects — to create their worlds. Whether it’s Beethoven on a banjo in Raising Arizona, the orgy of violence set to a soaring ‘Danny Boy’ in Miller’s Crossing or the ghostly echoing of the halls in Barton Fink, the Coens’ films are a feast for both the eyes and ears.

#8 Song I Associate With a Movie
‘Just Dropped In’ – The Big Lebowski

The most unexpected burst of absurdity in The Big Lebowski — a film filled with bursts of absurdity — is the ‘Gutterballs’ dream sequence, in which The Dude, drugged by Jackie Treehorn, imagines himself and Maude Lebowski as the stars of a bowling-themed musical number.

I had never heard ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ before seeing it in The Big Lebowski. It’s a great song, written during and about the LSD scene in the late 60s and performed by Kenny Rogers in a real departure from his usual sound.

Everything about this track, and the movie scene it accompanies, is delightfully surreal.

(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

I woke up this mornin’ with the sundown shinin’ in
I found my mind in a brown paper bag within
I tripped on a cloud and fell-a eight miles high
I tore my mind on a jagged sky
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

I pushed my soul in a deep dark hole and then I followed it in
I watched myself crawlin’ out as I was a-crawlin’ in
I got up so tight I couldn’t unwind
I saw so much I broke my mind
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
(Yeah, yeah, oh-yeah, what condition my condition was in)

Someone painted “April Fool” in big black letters on a “Dead End” sign
I had my foot on the gas as I left the road and blew out my mind
Eight miles outta Memphis and I got no spare
Eight miles straight up downtown somewhere
I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
I said I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in
Yeah yeah oh-yeah

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4 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,470: ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition

  1. Dana says:

    Though I knew this song, I had no idea it was Kenny Rogers singing it. Fascinating!

    It’s been far too long since I’ve watched Lebowski. Your post makes me want to remedy that ASAP.

  2. Rob says:

    Great song and splendidly used by the Coen brothers. The song was written by the late, great Mickey Newbury. As you seem to have a lean towards the meloncholy, I would highly recommend you seek out some of Newbury’s work, I am quite sure you won’t be disappointed. Songs like “The American Trilogy”, “How Many Times Must The Piper Be Paid for his Song”, “She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye” and “San Franciso Mabel Joy” are considered singer/songwriter classics. Give them a spin …I’m curious what you would think.

  3. pegclifton says:

    I agree, this is a wonderful scene; don’t think I’ve seen the whole movie just parts, need to watch it from beginning to end soon.

  4. Amy says:

    I have heard this song, within this scene – and only within this scene, more times than I can count, yet I never realized it was Kenny Rogers. Listening now with that awareness, I can still barely believe it is him.

    This is a perfect example of the conditions you set up for yourself for this theme week. Unlike “Son or a Preacher Man,” which I fully expect to see on this list before too long, I don’t know this song outside of the movie, but like that song, I cannot hear the song without picturing the images with which it belongs.

    So pleased to see this song/scene featured.

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