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Money Honey

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Jesse Stone

Recorded: January 10, 1956, RCA Studios, Nashville
Released master is spliced from takes 5 and 6.

Single:w/ "One-Sided Love Affair", 47-6641, August 31, 1956.
Also released on 78rpm, 20-6641, August 31, 1956.
Also released as Gold standard series, 447-0614, March 1959.

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#76 on Billboard Hot 100 (based on its appearance on Heartbreak Hotel EP, not on single.)

1st LP release: Elvis Presley - March 23, 1956

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My Spin

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The third song recorded at Elvis' first RCA session, "Money Honey" captures Elvis at his early rockin' best! Floyd Cramer's steady piano and Scotty's seemingly effortless guitar add a solid foundation for Elvis' hiccup-heavy vocals. A fine addition to Elvis' debut album.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Money Honey" was recorded immediately after "Heartbreak Hotel", and the sense of achievement in the earlier number had tumbled over into this performance. This is real rock'n'roll. Later, in 1956, Gene Vincent and the Blue Caps had a world-wide hit with "Be-Bop-A-Lula", but Vincent's number was clearly influenced by Presley's "Money Honey". Cramer shows his prowess again: delicate glissandos, fast and insistent, flick from the top of the piano, punctuating Presley's deeply rhythmic performance, which is further enhanced by easy-paced guitar work.

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

Energetic treatment of the 1953 classic Clyde McPhatter hit, from Elvis' first day at RCA Nashville, January 10, 1956...

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Money Honey" Lyrics and Downloads

You know the landlord rang my front door bell
I let it ring for a long long spell
I went to the window
I peeped through the blind
And asked him to tell me what's on his mind
He said

Money honey
Money honey
Money honey
If you want to get along with me

Well I screamed and I hollered
I was so hard-pressed
I called the woman that I loved the best
I finally got my baby about half past three
She said I'd like to know what you want with me
I said

[Repeat Chorus]

Well I said tell me baby what's wrong with you?
From this day on our romance is through
I said tell me baby face to face
How could another man take my place?
She said

[Repeat Chorus]

Well I've learned my lesson and now I know
The sun may shine and the winds may blow
The women may come and the women may go
But before I say I love you so
I want

[Repeat Chorus]
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