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You'll Be Gone

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Basic Stats

(Just the facts, ma'am!)

Written by: Red West, Elvis Presley, Charlie Hodge

Recorded: March 18, 1962, RCA Studios, Nashville
Released master is take 3.

Single:w/ "Do The Clam", 47-8500, February 9, 1965
Also re-released as Gold Standard Series, 447-0648, October 26, 1965

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart, but listed in Billboard as "Bubbling Under" at #121

1st LP release: Girl Happy - April 1965
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My Spin

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Yes, you're reading that correctly, the songwriters for this one are Elvis and the boys. Elvis' role in this one may have been to just suggest the idea and Red West did most of the rest (that's Red's version of the story), or Elvis may have been the principal writer as some sources seem to suggest. If so, it was probably the only song that Elvis truly wrote, and even this was loosely based on Cole Porter's "Begin The Beguine". He wanted to just record that song with new lyrics (like what was done with "O Sole Mio" / "It's Now Or Never") but couldn't get Porter's permission to change the lyrics. He enlisted help from Red and Charlie to compose an all-new version, changing the melody from "Beguine" quite a bit and writing new lyrics.
"You'll Be Gone" was an attempt to create his own version of "It's Now Or Never" or "Surrender", and the result was a Latin-flavored melody that is well-recorded with excellent guitar work and Elvis soaring on the vocals, especially the ending, and taking the whole thing very seriously. Obviously, if you're not a fan of the Latin stuff, it won't be your cup of tea. When Elvis proudly played this for Priscilla, she wasn't impressed and wanted him to do more "Jailhouse Rock" stuff. Maybe you agree with her. Myself, hey, I don't mind a little Latin-Elvis once in a while, and this one's not bad. I'd rather hear Elvis being overly dramatic any day than to hear the other side of this single. :)

P.S. Morrissey took a stab at this one occasionally on stage, and you can find a few instances on YouTube. I'm always happy to see Morrissey cover some obscure Elvis.

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

"You'll Be Gone" is another unusual number: it has the flavour of a Mexican beguine, and is notable for stylish guitar work. There is too much echo around Presley's voice but one can appreciate his breath control. An under-rated recording.

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

Brassy Latin American touch, with strong guitar and the Jordanaires.

The Complete Elvis, edited by Martin Torgoff, 1982

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"You'll Be Gone" Lyrics and Downloads

Sweetheart we're alone and you are mine
Let's make this night a night to remember
Don't make our love a cold dying ember
For with the dawn, you'll be gone

Hold me close in your arms as the night withers away
Let's not waste one precious kiss while we're together
Oh please come to my arms and say you'll love me forever
For with the dawn, you'll be gone

Sweetheart when you're near my heart is aflame
Your lips pressed on mine is heaven descending
And I could die because it is ending
For with the dawn, you'll be gone

Let these passions we feel in our hearts never end
I could never share this feeling with another
Oh please say that you feel the same, there'll be no other
For with the dawn, you'll be gone

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Yea! I Could Die Because It Is Ending!

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