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It Hurts Me

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Joy Byers, Bob Johnston, Charlie Daniels

Recorded: January 12, 1964, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 5.
Recorded again for '68 Comeback Special: June 20/21, 1968 (instrumental), June 30, 1968 (Elvis' vocal)

Single:w/ "Kissin' Cousins", 47-8307, February 10, 1964
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0644, May 1965

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#29 on Billboard's Hot 100
#48 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Elvis Gold Records, Volume 4 - February 1968
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My Spin

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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.

Other Spins

(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.

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

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).

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"It Hurts Me" Lyrics and Downloads

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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