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Long Lonely Highway

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman

Recorded: May 27, 1963, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 2.

Single:w/ "I'm Yours", 47-8657, August 10, 1965
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0654, November 1966

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't make Billboard's Hot 100, but listed as "bubbling under" at #112
#96 on Cash Box Top 100

1st LP release: Kissin Cousins - March 1964
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My Spin

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"Long Lonely Highway" typifies the early '60s Elvis rocker, with its shuffling rhythm hook and sturdy Pomus/Shuman lyrics about a wandering man, lost without his woman. Elvis only had to do two takes to nail this one, and, in fact, someone at RCA apparently couldn't tell much difference between the two takes and released Take 1 on the single that came out in 1965 to coincide with the film Tickle Me. Even on a first take, Elvis had no trouble digging his vocals into a solid tune like this.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

In "Long Lonely Highway", a "travel" song of blues extraction, there is an unusual catchy rhythm, similar to "Devil In Disguise".

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

...a rocking number sung in Elvis' lowest voice, with the Jordanaires.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"Long Lonely Highway" Lyrics and Downloads

It's a long lonely highway when you're travellin' all alone
And it's a mean old world when you got no-one to call your own
And you pass through towns too small to even have a name, oh yes
But you gotta keep on goin', on that road to nowhere
Gotta keep on goin', though there's no-one to care
Just keep movin' down the line

It's a long lonely highway without her by my side
And it's a trail full of teardrops that keep on being cried
My heart's so heavy it's a low down dirty shame oh yes
You gotta keep on goin', on that road to nowhere
Gotta keep on goin', though there's no-one to care
Just keep movin' down the line

I gotta rock for my pillow 'neath a weeping willow
And the cool grass for my bed
My drinking water's muddy so don't you tell me buddy
That I wouldn't be better off dead

It's a long lonely highway gettin' longer all the time
And if she don't come and get me
Well, I'm gonna lose my mind
So if you read about me tell her she's the one to blame, oh yes
You gotta keep on goin', on that road to nowhere
Gotta keep on goin', though there's no-one to care
Just keep movin' down the line
Movin' down the line
Movin' down the line
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Yea! Nice '60s Rocker!

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