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(Just my opinion. Give us yours!)
Most fans agree that "It Hurts Me" should've been the hit side of the single here in the U.S., as it was in many other countries. Instead, the title tune to Kissin' Cousins was promoted as the A-side. "It Hurts Me" showed Elvis could not only sing great classic ballads like "Are You Lonesome Tonight" and "It's Now or Never", but he could sing modern mature ballads and hold his own with the best singers of the day. Although we can't really complain that Elvis didn't have enough hits in his career, "It Hurts Me" is a song that deserves to be better known.
(What did the critics and fans say?)
"It Hurts Me" is a slow ballad, with Elvis more controlled than for some time. Parts of the song are almost whispered, and others are given at full power. The result is dramatic and compelling.
A throwback to the early RCA days and discs. This blends a Floyd Cramer piano with the Jordanaires as Elvis sings about how it hurts him to see the way another man is treating a girl whom Elvis loves (and emphasizing how true he would be if he had someone like her).
It hurts me to see him treat you the way he does
It hurts me to see sit and cry
When I know I could be so true
If I had someone like you
It hurts me to see those tears in your eyes
The whole town is talking, they're callin' you a fool
For listening to his same old lies
And when I know I could be so true
If I had someone like you
It hurts me to see the way he makes you cry
You love him too much, you're too blind to see
He's only playing a game
But he's never loved you
He never will
And darling, don't you know he will never change
Oh, I know he never will set you free
Because he's just that kind of guy
But if you ever tell him you're through
I'll be waiting for you
Waiting to hold you so tight
Waiting to kiss you goodnight
Yes, darling, if I had someone like you
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Elvis song reference books on Amazon!
Ernst Jorgensen's complete chronicle of Elvis' recording sessions, with loads of detailed information about each session and each song.
This is the definitive encyclopedia on Elvis' life details, as well as all the background and trivia you need for all the songs, movies, and TV appearances. Authors are Fred L. Worth and Steve D. Tamerius.
The subtitle of Ace Collins' book says it all: "The stories behind Elvis' #1 hits"!
"Elvis The #1 Hits: The Secret History of the Classics". Another self-explanatory book title. :)