A Mess of Blues

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Words & Music: Doc Pomus/ Mort Shuman
I just got your letter baby
Too bad you can't come home
I swear I’m goin' crazy
Sittin' here all alone
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

I ain't slept a wink since Sunday
I can't eat a thing all day
Every day is just blue Monday
Since you've been away
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

Whoops there goes a teardrop
Rollin' down my face
If you cry when you're in love
It sure ain't no disgrace

I gotta get myself together
Before I lose my mind
I'm gonna catch the next train goin'
And leave my blues behind
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

Whoops there goes a teardrop
Rollin' down my face
If you cry when you're in love
It sure ain't no disgrace

I gotta get myself together
Before I lose my mind
I'm gonna catch the next train goin'
And leave my blues behind
Since you're gone
I got a mess of blues

Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
Since you're gone I got a mess of blues
Recorded: 1960/03/20, first released on single

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skipsaweirdo (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2014report abuse
Dont' mean to toot my own horn, lol, But in 1986 I told a lady Elvis recorded so much that never got heard in a wide reaching audience way that he was going to have more hits.... They're remixing and making some brilliant stuff, But this song should never be touched, at all. perfect and from what I read the last of it's style Elvis did. I'm not sure, I'm leaving some Elvis stuff at a distance so I can discover a new song Once year til I die. Then, I'll ask God to give Elvis concerts every day for eternity....haha
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2014report abuse
A superb blues shouter that Elvis ate up. Wished he would have done more of this kind of material
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2013report abuse
My dear George, I never noticed it, but I think you're right. The Jordanaires are imitating a train. A Mystery train perhaps?
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on May 14, 2013report abuse
A piece of perfection in Rock Music. A gem in one of the greatest albums from Rock history. A genius rendition. Elvis Presley at his very best, at his very top, on Top of the world. Love this song!
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on May 14, 2013report abuse
On the flip side of The Girl of My Best Friend for it's 1960 UK release."Friend" became a hit again in the 1970s, how this song was left to be forgotten is a mystery, then again RCA were Elvis' record company so enough said.Great A side material and indeed ten times better than some of the dubious songs Elvis sang during the concert years
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on May 14, 2013report abuse
"A Mess of Blues" should have been saved for a "A" side, and not represented as a "B" side. Why the Radio DJs didn't play this "B" side at radio, and RCA Records, didn't push both sides of the single (Its Now or Never/A Mess of Blues) I don't know? It worked for "Hound dog/Don't Be Cruel". No doubt, "A Mess of Blues" is one of Elvis Presley's best vocal performances, and overall productions/ recordings. And for trivia, the Jordanaires are doing a background vocal on this recording, imitating something Elvis is traveling on, Can you name his form of transportation?
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 22, 2013report abuse
Led Zeppelin did a great version of this song live; not better then Elvis' though.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 29, 2012report abuse
In the UK this was coupled with Girl of My Best Friend. The public were not really ready for this type of hard bluesy song in the early 60's as much as they were for his ballads. I felt the same at the time but have come to appreciate that this is a superb recording.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 27, 2012report abuse
This is such a great song and it should be way better known than it actually is. This song deserved to be a smash hit here in the United States, but wasn't due to poor decision making by RCA.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 8, 2011report abuse
once again a great great song that was different to what was being recorded.should have been an A side and would have / should have been a massive hit.RCA at fault again on this.5 stars.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2011report abuse
One of the true gems in his catalog. Amazing song & performance by all involved. Just a B side? Should have been saved for an A side. Every Elvis fan, heck every music fan should know this performance. A++++++++++++++++++
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 5, 2010report abuse
After Elvis returned from the Army, he recorded three outstanding blues songs. Two of them ("Reconsider Baby" and "Like A Baby") ended up on the LP "Elvis Is Back" and this one was buried on the B-side of "It's Now Or Never". It did manage to hit #32, but it's A-side was #1 for five weeks!. Probably a bit too hard edged to have been a big hit in the early 60's, but an outstanding track. I remember a audience member "stumping the band" with this song the "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson. Johnny, Doc, Ed, Tommy and the band had never heard it! Why was this song not released on an album for eight years???
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 21, 2008report abuse
Never cared for this. Just a B-side to me.
ELV75 (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2008report abuse
Elvis could sing anything, this great blues performance clearly shows our man had the blues in his voice.
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2008report abuse
I can't believe how boring Elvis was in his setlist choice throughout the 70's. He had such a tremendous back-catalogue: Mess of Blues should have been at the top of any list. Maybe it was because the orchestra needed to know the score of every song, supporting my argument that Elvis should have ditched the Vegas trappings and hit the road with a small, versatile group like he did in the 50's and early 60's, a time when Heart of Stone, Maybellene & Only You graced his setlist.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2008report abuse
The flip side of Its Now Or Never (USA) which makes this one of the greatest singles of all time. Elvis is vocally at his peak. A song that is not too well known by the general public and it should be. A bona fide classic. Brilliant.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 11, 2008report abuse
The flip side of Girl of My Best Friend. A great bluesy number with Elvis raunchy vocal in top gear another one of the many great songs that were begging for another outing in the concert years and were cast aside

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