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Elvis SongPedia: You're a Heartbreaker

You're a Heartbreaker




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Charles (Jack) Alvin Sallee

Recorded: December 10, 1954, Sun Studio, Memphis

Single:w/ "Milkcow Blues Boogie ", Sun 215 (45rpm and 78rpm), December 28, 1954
Also released on RCA, 47-6382 (45rpm), January 23, 1956
Also released on RCA, 20-6382 (78rpm), January 23, 1956
Also released on Gold Standard Series, 447-0603, September 30, 1958

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: - February 1959
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My Spin

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with Scotty Moore and Bill Black

Sam Phillips was enjoying the success of his first two single releases with Elvis, but one thing still bothered him: He had to give away some of his earnings because he didn't own publishing rights to any of the songs. He had been telling his friend Jack Sallee how he wanted to get an original song for Elvis to record and a few days later Jack wrote one and demo'd it for Sam. "You're a Heartbreaker" was much more of a mainstream country tune than anything else Elvis had recorded so far, but even so those two lines starting with "For I just found someone else..." sound like he's kicking it into rockabilly gear! Elvis has already learned enough to vocally experiment a little throughout and gives it a solid performance. Although the other side of the single got more attention, Sam couldn't have been too disappointed with this one considering he got his publishing and the rest of us got a decent recording, even if it might pale alongside other Sun classics!

Other Spins

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In "You're a Heartbreaker" Presley's voice takes on a different quality: it is lower in pitch, and seems flawed by phasing and echo, which produce a washy and sibilant result.

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




An old C&W standard recorded by Elvis, Scotty and Bill in December of 1954 at the Sun Studio.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"You're a Heartbreaker" Lyrics and Downloads

You're a heartbreaker, you're a love faker
A heartbreaker playing with fire
You're a tear snatcher, you're a quarrel patcher
But you can't break my heart anymore
For I just found someone else who's sure to take your place
Someone I can always trust and to fill this empty space

You're a heartbreaker, you're a love faker
But you can't break my heart anymore

You're a smooth talker, you're a real cool walker
But now you have talked out of turn
You're a high stepper, you're an eye-catcher
But you won't catch my glances anymore
For I just found someone else who's sure to take your place
Someone I can always trust and to fill this empty space

You're a heartbreaker, you're a love faker
But you can't break my heart anymore

You're a heart breaker, you're a love faker
A heartbreaker playing with fire
You're a tear snatcher, you're a quarrel patcher
But you can't break my heart anymore
For I've just found someone else who's sure to take your place
Someone I can always trust and to fill this empty space

You're a heartbreaker, you're a love faker
But you can't break my heart anymore
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