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Elvis SongPedia: Kissin' Cousins

Kissin' Cousins




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Fred Wise, Randy Starr

Recorded: September 31, 1963, with Elvis' vocal overdubs on October 10, 1963, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is splice of take 1 and 2 of Elvis' vocal.

Single:w/ "It Hurts Me", 47-8307, January 1964
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0644, May 1965

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

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

1st LP release: - March 1964
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My Spin

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Although there are exceptions, most of Elvis' movie title songs sound like what they are: Two-and-a-half-minute advertisements for the film. "Kissin' Cousins" doesn't rise much above that. It starts off promising, drums and sax build an opening rhythm, guitar licks come in, and Elvis starts singing, but by the second line, you've been assured that it's going to be another silly movie song. Still, it's a notch above a lot of other soundtrack tunes, and certainly better than almost everything else on the Kissin' Cousins soundtrack. What's more interesting is what Australian punkers, The Saints, did with this in 1977. You must hear it, if only out of curiosity. Now if only there had been a punk version of "Ito Eats"!

I'll be writing more later, but meanwhile check out the music and links.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


"Kissin' Cousins", No. 1, is an underrated song. It has a bluesy feel, with sensational drumming.

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




The first version of the song is a rocker with a good beat, a sax break and wailing guitars.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Kissin' Cousins" Lyrics and Downloads

Well I've got a gal, she's as cute as she can be
She's a distant cousin but she's not too distant with me
We'll kiss all night
I'll squeeze her tight
But we're kissin' cousins 'n that's what makes it all right
All right, all right, all right

Oh I've got a girl and she taught me how to live
She can give a lot and she's got a lot to give
We'll kiss all night
I'll squeeze her tight
But we're kissin' cousins 'n that's what makes it all right
All right, all right, all right

Yes we're all cousins, that's what I believe
Because we're children of Adam and Eve

I got a girl and she wants a lot of love
That's the kind of trouble I need plenty of
We'll kiss all night
I'll squeeze her tight
But we're kissin' cousins 'n that'll make it all right
All right, all right, all right
We'll be kissin' cousins that'll make it all right
All right, all right, all right

Yes we're all cousins, that's what I believe
Because we're children of Adam and Eve

I got a girl and she wants a lot of love
That's the kind of trouble I need plenty of
We'll kiss all night
I'll squeeze her tight
But we're kissin' cousins 'n that'll make it all right
All right, all right, all right
We're kissin' cousins that'll make it all right
All right, all right, all right
We're kissin' cousins that's what makes it all right
All right, all right, all right
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