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Don't Ask Me Why

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Fred Wise, Ben Weisman

Recorded: January 16, 1958, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 12.

Single:w/ "Hard Headed Woman", 47-7280, June 1958 (million-seller)
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0623, 1961

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#28 on Billboard's Top 100
#2 on Rhythm & Blues chart

1st LP release: King Creole - August 1958
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My Spin

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The flip side to popular rocker "Hard Headed Woman", "Don't Ask Me Why" did alright itself on the charts in 1958. A typical '50s ballad performance by Elvis. He does a good job but it never rises to the status of other classics of the period.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Don't Ask Me Why" is more sure of itself [comparing to "Dixieland Rock"]; a slow throbbing ballad, well sung.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

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"Don't Ask Me Why" Lyrics and Downloads

I'll go on loving you
Don't ask me why
Don't know what else to do
Don't ask me why

How sad my heart would be
If you should go
Though you're not good for me
I want you so

It's not the kind
Of love I dream about
But it's the kind
That I can't live without

You're all I'm longing for
Don't say good-bye
I need you more and more
Don't ask me why
I need you more and more
Don't ask me why

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Don't Ask Me Why karaoke - Elvis PresleyDon't Ask Me Why
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What's YOUR Spin on "Don't Ask Me Why"?
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Yea! A Great 50s Ballad!

Nay! I'm Asking Why!

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