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IS IT REALLY OVER?
Words and Music by JIM REEVES
 
Is it really over,
Is this the end of the line?
Don't tell me I'm losing
The love that was mine.

        I wonder who's stepping into my shoes,
        Who can he be?
        I can tell by  your eyes our love has died,
        And it's over for me.

If you're really leaving
Take some part of me
So I'll always remember
How sweet love used to be.

        I wonder who's stepping into my shoes,
        Who can he be?
        I can tell by  your eyes our love has died,
        And it's over for me,
        Really over for me.
Copyright 1963 by Tree Publishing Co., Inc.
 
One of the few songs that Reeves wrote and also felt comfortable with was "Is It Really Over."

Billy Deaton had recorded the song on Shannon Records-a label Jim started to give new talent a chance to sing and be heard. Deaton was in San Antonio and had given Jim a lot of work at the military bases. So when Deaton wanted to sing, Reeves helped him.

Nothing happened with the song until three years later when Reeves decided it could be a powerful song for himself. He recorded it. And it turned out to be a big hit.

Known mainly for his singing, Reeves could also write a good song as "Is It Really Over" testifies. But, as Mary Reeves recalls, "He could never really get into most of the songs he wrote as far as doing them as professionally as he would have liked to have done them. I don't know why this was. Perhaps it was because he was a little to close to them or something."

What about those who think "Is It Really Over" was a premonition of the tragedy that lay ahead? "I don't really believe that," Mary answers. "Jim just felt the song was that good-and he wanted to record it."

Taken from the notes accompanying "Jim Reeves - A Legendary Performer" (CPL1-1891). © 1976 RCA Records - Submitted by C.B. Dixon.