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Elvis SongPedia: I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine

I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Mack David

Recorded: September 10, 1954, Sun Studio, Memphis
Released master is take 3.

Single:w/ "Good Rockin' Tonight", Sun 210 (45rpm and 78rpm), September 25, 1954
Also re-released on RCA, 47-6381 (45rpm) and 20-6381 (78rpm), January 23, 1956
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0602, September 30, 1958

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#74 on Billboard's Hot 100 (based on appearance on "Any Way You Want Me" EP in Oct '56)

1st LP release: The Sun Sessions - March 22, 1976
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My Spin

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It may not be on the mythic level of other Sun Studio classics, but "I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine" is still a fun song where Elvis shows his playful side. Tony Martin released the first recording, and Patti Page had the biggest hit with the tune, but it was one of Elvis' early idols Dean Martin that most heavily influences Elvis' recording. Dino's version can be heard and seen in the Martin/Lewis film Scared Stiff. Mind you, Elvis' take on this is sped up a little and sprinkled here and there with a few rockabilly hiccups, and he seems to be really getting into it, especially that bridge "kiss and a-kiss and a-kiss..." and a full stop at "makes me holler -- 'More! More more more'". These boys are havin' a blast!

By the way, that percussion is not bongos and it's not D.J. Fontana, but someone (possibly Buddy Cunningham) playing on an empty record box! This was also a song that wasn't released on album until 1976's Sun Sessions release. Until then, it was only available if you could track down the original 45s or the Any Way You Want Me EP.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine" is unusual in including bongos - possibly played by D.J. Fontana, who had been a member of Presley's stage band for some time. The song is similar to the faster version of "Blue Moon of Kentucky", but less innovative.

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




From Elvis' second Sun Session, a fast tempo ballad with a laughing-voiced Elvis giving his all.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"I Don't Care if the Sun Don't Shine" Lyrics and Downloads

Well, I don't care if the sun don't shine.
I get my lovin' in the evening time
When I'm with my baby.

Well, it ain't no fun with the sun around.
I get going when the sun goes down
And I'm with my baby.

Well, that's when we're gonna kiss and kiss and kiss and kiss,
And we're gonna kiss some more.
Who cares how many times we kiss,
'Cause at a time like this, who keeps score?

Well, I don't care if the sun don't shine
I get my loving in the evening time
When I meet my baby.

And it don't matter if it's sleet or snow,
The drive-in's cozy when the lights are low
And I'm with my baby.

Makes no difference if the rain comes down
I don't notice when she's around.
Oh boy, what a baby.

Well, that's when we're gonna kiss and kiss and kiss and kiss
and we're gonna kiss some more.
Well, one kiss from my baby doll
Makes me holler "More more more more"

Well, I don't care if the sun don't shine
I get my loving in the evening time
When I'm with my baby.

Well, that's when we're gonna kiss and kiss and kiss and kiss
and we're gonna kiss some more.
Well, one kiss from my baby doll
Makes me holler "More more more more"

Well, I don't care if the sun don't shine
I get my loving in the evening time
When I'm with my baby.
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