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I Gotta Know

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Paul Evans, Matt Williams

Recorded: April 4, 1960, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 2.

Single:w/ "Are You Lonesome Tonight?", 47-7810, November 1960
Also released in stereo, 61-7810, November 1960
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0604, February 1962

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#20 on Billboard Hot 100
#46 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis Golden Records Vol 3 - September 1963
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My Spin

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Somehow Cliff Richard managed to record "I Gotta Know" before Elvis, although songwriter Paul Evans says he was given the choice of Fabian or Elvis to record it and he chose Elvis. Whatever happened behind the scenes, the song ended up appearing first on the Cliff Sings album in 1959, and then Elvis recorded it for his first post-army session in April of 1960.

In the early '60s, Elvis cranked out songs like "I Gotta Know" with seemingly little effort. A catchy melody with Elvis dipping and soaring over the bouncy background, surfing over the top of Ray Walker's swooping bass vocals, as if there's nothing to it! He nailed it on the second take.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

Another good popular number, but which now sounds faded, is "I Gotta Know", a medium-tempo bounce. Again, the beat is infectious, and Presley is having a high old time against the vocal counterpoint of Ray Walker.

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

A mellow rocker that glides along like a plane coming to rest.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"I Gotta Know" Lyrics and Downloads

Get up in the mornin' feelin' might weak
A tossin' and a turnin' well, I had ain't no sleep
Oh baby, what road's our love takin'?
To romance or heartbreakin'
Won't you say which way you're gonna go
I gotta know, gotta know, gotta know

Nine and nine make fourteen, four and four make nine
The clock is strikin' thirteen I think I lost my mind
You know it's gettin' aggravatin'
How long can I keep waitin'
Tell me if you love me yes or no
I gotta know, gotta know, gotta know

Oh, how much I need you
Have pity on this heart of mine
Well, if you need and want me too
I'll be your one and only till the end of time

Saw the fortune teller, had my fortune read
She sent me to the doctor, who sent me straight to bed
He said I'm lonesome and I'm lovesick
I've got my mind on lipstick
Will you kiss away my cares and woe?
I gotta know, gotta know, gotta know
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