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Elvis SongPedia: I've Lost You

I've Lost You




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Ken Howard, Alan Blaikley

Recorded: June 4, 1970, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 7.

Single:w/ "Next Step Is Love", 47-9873, July 14, 1970
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0677, August 1971

RIAA Certified: Gold (as of 03/27/1992)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#32 on Billboard Hot 100
#18 on Cash Box chart
#57 on Billboard Country chart
#5 on Billboard Easy Listening chart

1st LP release: - November 11, 1970
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My Spin

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Like many fans, I got used to the "live" version of "I've Lost You" on the That's The Way It Is album, before I finally heard the studio single version. While the live version has more punch, especially on the chorus, I prefer the studio version myself. The song benefits from the precise balance of the instrumentation in the recording, and Elvis' vocals have more polish, and he sings the complete lyrics in this version, while in the live version he standardizes the chorus. Either way, Elvis does a great job on a nice song.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)



In its way, this performance ["I Just Can't Help Believing"] is a classic. So is "I've Lost You", in which another fine performance of a haunting song is enhanced by marvellous orchestral backing. In particular, Ronnie Tutt's drumming and the fine piano of Glen Harding [sic] deserve mention, as well as the anonymous oboe player.

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




Emotional ballad sung with magnificent quavering tremolo. The studio version is tame, refined, and less wrenching. A powerful version was included in the film That's The Way It Is, and released on the soundtrack LP.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982





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"I've Lost You" Lyrics and Downloads

Lying by your side I watch you sleeping
And in your face the sweetness of a child
Murmuring the dreams you won't recapture
Though it will haunt the corners of you mind

I've Lost though you're near me
And your body still is kind
I've lost you on the journey
But I can't remember where or when

Who can tell when summer turns to autumn
And who can point the moment love grows cold
Softly without pain the joy is over
Though why it's gone we neither of us know

Oh, I've lost you yes, I've lost you
I can't reach you anymore
We ought to talk it over now
But reason can't stand in for feeling, oh

Six o'clock the baby will be crying
And you will stumble, sleeping to the door
In the chill and sullen gray of morning
We play the parts that we have learned too well

Oh I've lost you, oh, I've lost you
Oh, You won't admit it so
I've lost you on the journey
But I can't remember where or when no more

Oh, I've lost you yes, I've lost you
I can't reach you anymore
We ought to talk it over now
But reason can't stand in for feeling, oh

Oh, I've lost you yes, I've lost you
I can't reach you anymore
We ought to talk it over now
But reason can't stand in for feeling, oh


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