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Return To Sender

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Winfield Scott, Otis Blackwell.

Recorded: March 27, 1962, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 2.

Single:w/ "Where Do You Come From", 47-8100, October 2, 1962
Also re-released on Gold standard series, 447-0638, May 14, 1963.

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

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#2 on Billboard's Hot 100.
#1 on Cash Box Top 100 chart.
#5 on Billboard's R&B chart.

1st LP release: Girls! Girls! Girls! - November 1962
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My Spin

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One of the greatest early-'60s pop hits (by Elvis or anyone else!). "Return To Sender" provides more evidence that Elvis could shine with a great pop tune, as easily as with a rocker. It's not just the famous saxophone line (apparently Bobby Keys, not Boots Randolph) that burns this tune into your head, but Elvis' infectiously bouncy vocals, and by the end, with Elvis and the sax trading off lines like a call-and-response routine, it's pretty much seared into your brain.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"Return To Sender" is a classic cut, an outstanding example of Presley's art at its best. The song is difficult to bring off, but the vocal tight-rope Presley treads is superbly done. Not for a second do the repetitions of the title seem too many, and the unusual words are commandingly put across. The beat is exactly right, and although nothing to do with rock, this is Presley at his best.

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

...a song so commercially sound it was released before the film! Elvis is high-pitched, passionate, and obviously in his groove.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"Return To Sender" Lyrics and Downloads

I gave a letter to the postman
he put it his sack
Bright in early next morning
he brought my letter back

She wrote upon it:
Return to sender, address unknown
No such number, no such zone
We had a quarrel, a lover's spat
I write I'm sorry but my letter keeps coming back

So then I dropped it in the mailbox
And sent it special D
Bright in early next morning
it came right back to me

She wrote upon it:
Return to sender, address unknown
No such number, no such zone

This time I'm gonna take it myself
and put it right in her hand
And if it comes back the very next day
then I'll understand the writing on it

Return to sender, address unknown
No such person, no such zone
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