Any Way You Want Me

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Words & Music: Aaron Schroeder/ Cliff Owens
I'll be a strong as a mountain,
Or weak as a willow tree,
Anyway you want me,
That's how I will be.

I'll be a tame as a baby,
Or wild as the raging sea,
Anyway you want me,
That's how I will be.

In your hand my heart is clay,
To take a mold as you may.
I'm what you make me, you've only to take me,
And in your arms I will stay.

I'll be a fool or a wise man,
My darling you hold the key,
Yes, anyway you want me,
That's how I will be,
I will be.
Recorded: 1956/07/02, first released on single

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Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2013report abuse
One of a handful of overlooked gems that appeared on the flipside of gigantic hits in the 50's. "I Was The One", "Playing For Keeps", "My Wish Came True" and this one are truly great ballads that Elvis sings as only he could. These are songs are as good and in some cases better than the A-sides. Elvis does say "hold" instead of "mold" but that doesn't change the power and passion of the performance. 5 stars for this one and the three songs listed above.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on May 19, 2013report abuse
Considering the distortion with the recording of this song I still give it 5-Stars. One has to remember we're in 1956 and Elvis and The Jordanaires were recorded up too close at the microphone by RCA. A song which should have rated better but considering "Love Me Tender" was the hit and flip side, no surprise here. A classic.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 24, 2013report abuse
Elvis sings "take and hold as you may", but it had to be "take and mould". A good ballad, but the instrumentation is rather stiff.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 27, 2012report abuse
A wonderful ballad sung with enormous presence and atmosphere
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
This is such a superb song and Elvis' rendition of it was stellar. It's one of seventeen songs that Elvis recorded that was written by Aaron Schroeder.
Michael.W. (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 8, 2011report abuse
The intro is incredible!The song pure magic!
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 16, 2011report abuse
One of his best 50's ballads, like it a lot better than its A-side!
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 13, 2010report abuse
Super ballad from the 50's. Great performance.
bastiaanvinke (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 26, 2009report abuse
His voice. great song, great arrangement. great music. What more to say

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