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Elvis SongPedia: Playing For Keeps

Playing For Keeps




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Stanley A. Kesler

Recorded: September 1, 1956, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 7.

Single:w/ "Too Much", 47-6800, January 4, 1957
Also released on 78rpm, 20-6800, January 4, 1957
Also released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0617, March 1959

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#34 on Billboard Top 100
#33 on Cash Box's Top 100
#8 on Billboard Country chart

1st LP release: - February 1959
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My Spin

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I've never been a big fan of "Playing For Keeps". Although Elvis does a fine job, especially on the bridge, to me it's always been a rather mediocre '50s ballad.

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)



"Playing For Keeps" is a gently moving number, the lyrics of which are above average; and Presley makes the most of them.

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




Cool, smooth Elvis and hushed Jordanaires from the early days.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982





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"Playing For Keeps" Lyrics and Downloads

I'm playin' for keeps, this time it's real
And I want you to know exactly how I feel
I'm playin' for keeps, I'm sure this time
And I won't be happy until I know you're mine

There have been others that could love me true
But no one else can thrill me like you do
I'm playin' for keeps, oh love me too
Oh, don't make me sorry that I fell in love with you

There have been others that could love me true
But no one else can thrill me like you do
I'm playin' for keeps, oh love me too
Oh, don't make me sorry that I fell in love with you
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Playing For Keeps karaoke - Elvis PresleyPlaying For Keeps
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