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A Picture of Me (Without You)” is a country song originally recorded by the late George Jones. Penned by American songwriters Norro Wilson and George Richey, it was released in October 1972. On the other hand, record producer, songwriter, and arranger Billy Sherill produced the song for Epic Records. Moreover, Jones’ version placed at the 5th spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 1972. Also, it reached no. 13 on the RPM Country Tracks in Canada.

After its success with Jones, “A Picture of Me (Without You)” has been covered by other artists. Most notably, Lorrie Morgan was the best known who recorded her version in 1991.

Lorrie Morgan’s Version

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In June 1991, Lorrie Morgan released her rendition of the George Jones song. It was the second single from her second studio album, Something in Red. Just like the original, Morgan’s version entered the charts and stayed there for a couple of weeks. To note, it ranked 9th on the Billboard Hot Country Songs while 6th on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks in 1991. In addition, it remained in the year-end chart in Canada reaching no. 95.

WATCH Lorrie Morgan perform onstage “A Picture of Me (Without You):”

Fun Fact

According to sources, the songwriters really wrote “A Picture of Me (Without You)” as intended for George Jones. In his account, Rich Kienzle stated that the song was especially meant for Jones to perform. In fact, co-writer Norro Wilson sang the song on how Jones wanted it to be sung. He imitated Jones’ style to show how the performer wished it to be performed.

A Picture of Me (Without You)” narrates a story of a lover telling his partner to imagine incomplete things. He wanted her to picture in her mind “a world where no music is playing, a church where nobody’s praying, a sky with no blue, and by seeing this, she can see his picture without her by his side.”

Here’s a part of the song:

Imagine a world where no music was playing
And think of a church with nobody praying
Have you ever looked up at a sky with no blue
Then you’ve seen a picture of me without you

Have you walked in a garden where nothing was growing
Or stood by a river where nothing was flowing
If you’ve seen a red rose unkissed by the dew
Then you’ve seen a picture of me without you

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