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Are You Lonesome Tonight Lyrics – Elvis Presley

Are You Lonesome Tonight Lyrics & Video by Elvis Presley

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Are You Lonesome Tonight Lyrics

Are you lonesome tonight
Do you miss me tonight
Are you sorry we drifted apart
Does your memory stray to a bright sunny day
When I kissed you and called you sweetheart
Do the chairs in your parlor seem empty and bare
Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight

Spoken:
I wonder if you’re lonesome tonight
You know someone said that the world’s a stage
And each must play a part
Fate had me playing in love you as my sweet heart
Act one was when we met, I loved you at first glance
You read your line so cleverly and never missed a cue
Then came act two, you seemed to change and you acted strange
And why I’ll never know
Honey, you lied when you said you loved me
And I had no cause to doubt you
But I’d rather go on hearing your lies
Than go on living without you
Now the stage is bare and I’m standing there
With emptiness all around
And if you won’t come back to me
Then they can bring the curtain down

Sung:
Is your heart filled with pain, shall I come back again
Tell me dear, are you lonesome tonight

 

Interesting Facts About Are You Lonesome Tonight

“Are You Lonesome To-night?,” now often known as “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” is a popular song with music by Lou Handman and lyrics by Roy Turk. It was first published in 1926, and most notably covered by Elvis in 1960.

In 1959 American songstress Jaye P. Morgan had a Billboard #65 hit with it on the MGM label, backed by “Miss You”. Elvis Presley must have heard it while he was in the army in Europe, as he also heard and was inspired by other songs like “O Sole Mio” and “Return To Sorrento”, which he made into hits on his return in 1960.

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This led to the best-known recording, by Elvis Presley, recorded on April 4, 1960, and engineered by Nashville sound pioneer Bill Porter. Colonel Parker (it was one of his wife’s favorite songs) persuaded Elvis to record his own rendition of this song. Elvis’ version was based on the Blue Barron Orchestra in 1950 and the spoken part of the song (like Al Jolson’s) was loosely based on Shakespeare’s As You Like It using Jaques’ speech on Act II Scene VII: “All the world’s a stage, and all men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts.” It went on to be one of the biggest-selling singles of 1960, peaking at number one on the Billboard pop chart for six weeks.

Elvis, occasionally during live performances, would randomly change lyrics to give them humorous connotations. One popular instance was recorded at the International Hotel in Vegas on August 26, 1969. During the performance, instead of singing: “Do you gaze at your doorstep and picture me there”, he sings “Do you gaze at your bald head and wish you had hair”. Moments later, he saw a bald man in the audience (as legend has it), and burst into laughter which continued into the next lines. The audience was treated to additional laughter during the spoken verse singing: “You know someone said that the world’s a stage, and each must play a part.” Seeing the irony of his own lyrics, Elvis was again overtaken by laughter and barely recovered. The audience enjoyed the sincerity of the moment while Elvis regained his composure. Meanwhile the band and backup singers continued to keep the song going. It is speculated that much of Elvis’ mirth derived from the solo backing singer whose falsetto remained resolute throughout. To this, Elvis comes back just in time for the line: “And I had no cause to doubt you” followed by more laughter. So overtaken, Elvis encourages the backup singer to “sing it, baby” drawing even more laughter which nearly brings the house down. In the end, the song is finished to a round of applause. The version is considered to be a popular underground classic, and was a UK Top 30 hit in 1983 after first being commercially released by RCA in the 1980 box set Elvis Aron Presley.

According to Dr. Demento, who plays the version on his show, there is nothing on the label of the recording to indicate that it is anything other than an ordinary recording of the song–“People must have been surprised when they took it home and played it.”

Elvis said at the end, “That’s it, man, fourteen years right down the drain…boy, I’ll tell ya.”

In 1977, Presley again performed the song for the Elvis in Concert TV special. Similarly to 1969, he also appears to mess up the spoken interlude, ad-libbing jokes throughout. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown; the 1981 documentary film This is Elvis uses footage of this performance to illustrate Presley’s physical deterioration near the end of his life.

The Lettermen recorded the song as a track on their 1964 album She Cried.

Doris Day recorded the song on June 6, 1967, in a version included on The Love Album.

Mr. Saks & The Blue Strings aka Tommy & The Tom Toms recorded the song as an instrumental single in 1960 for noted producer Major Bill Smith.

Elvis’s version was listed at #81 on Billboard’s Greatest Songs of all time.

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