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Let Yourself Go

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Joy Byers

Movie version:
June 21, 1967, MGM Studios, Hollywood
Released master is splice of unknown take numbers.
TV Special version: June 20 or 21, 1968 (instrumental), June 30 (Elvis' vocal), Western Recorders, Burbank CA
Released master is splice of take 7 of first part and take 7 of second part.

Single:w/ "Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby", 47-9547, May 21, 1968
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0666, December 1970

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

1st LP release:
Movie version:
Speedway - May 1968
TV Special version: Elvis: Legendary Performer, Volume 3 - December 1978
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My Spin

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"Let Yourself Go" was recorded for the soundtrack of Speedway, then again a year later for the '68 Comeback Special. Although the versions are different, both are given a fine bluesy rock treatment. The movie version is instrumentally better, with a nice ending, while the TV version, as you might expect, is more brassy and the ending is cut off abruptly, due to the "plot" of the sequence in the special. Elvis' vocals on the TV version, however, are gutsy, raw, and powerful.

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

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Let Yourself Go", a mean blues-type soneg, is a good number by most standards, and is enhanced by Presley's performance, full of raunchy passion.

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

From Speedway, a mid-tempo girl-chasing song that is only a cut above the film fare of the 1960s.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Let Yourself Go" Lyrics and Downloads

Well baby I'm gonna teach you what love's all about tonight
Trust me honey everything's gonna be all right
You gotta do like I do there ain't nothing to it
Listen to me baby anybody can do it
All you gotta do is just let yourself go

Now don't be afraid just relax and take it real slow
Cool it baby you ain't got no place to go
Just put your arms around me real tight
Enjoy yourself baby don't fight
All you gotta do is just let yourself go

All you need is just a little rehearsal
The first thing that you know
You'll be ready for the grand finale
So come on baby let's go
Let's go, let's go, let's go, Let's go

Take a real deep breath and put your warm red lips on mine
Just do like I tell you, everything's gonna be just fine
Kiss me nice and easy, take your time
Baby I'm the only one here in line
All you gotta do is just let yourself go
Let yourself go right now Yeh! let yourself go
Let yourself go right now Yeh! let yourself go
Yeh! let yourself go

All you gotta do is just let yourself go
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Let Yourself Go karaoke - Elvis PresleyLet Yourself Go
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