Words & Music:
Blue river, it can't be found on any map that I know
But it's the place where lonely lovers all go
To cry their tears, blue river
It winds along a path of heartache and pain
Of broken dreams from lovin' someone in vain
Like I loved you, and baby I still do
I held you so tight
You were out of my sight
I'm feelin' so low
But I gotta go
Blue river because you never really cared about me
From now on baby that's where I'm gonna be
Cryin' over you, by the river of blue
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Hitting the record shops in the UK in February of 1966 and coupled with Do not Disturb for it's UK release.Nancy Sinatra's Boots was hogging the number one slot in the charts and the Spencer Davies Group were bashing out great blues singles around this time too.
It always worried me how the guy responsible for the Elvis account ever got the job was he a relative of Freddy Beinstock? If so it would explain the substandard songs presented to Elvis by the shovel full.
Hardly single material a left over dated effort unworthy of Elvis' talent
It's an okay song. 3 stars. Hey, RCA had to put something on the flip of "Tell Me Why."
Elvis in different voice than usual ! Very sixties rock ! I love it !!
I like this song, especially the "long version" found on the "Double Trouble" FTD release.
I like it. In fact I enjoy the entire side two of Double Trouble.
Incredible this was issued as a single in the late 1960s.Then again that was RCA for you. It made hardly a splash in the UK charts and received very little play. The song itself is Ok for a bonus track on one of those dire soundtracks from around this time, no way a single.
A fun Light Rocker, and I Like it ! Only complaint, the song is too short in Length.
This song IMO is marginally better than Finders Keepers from these sessions and is rescued from oblivion by the instrumental break and the Elvis voice. It is a very ordinary number but our boy does his best with the material on offer - 3 stars only
I've always liked this Elvis song immensely and Elvis' rendition of it was magnificent. I've never skipped it.
Not an easy song to sing I reckon with the fast lyrics. Not bad, but not great.
Not a terribile song easy listen 3 stars just flows along nicely.
Crap in, crap out. Without a doubt a complete throw-away. Why he wasted his time recording this swill is beyond comprehension. This is right at the bottom with "Do The Clam".
The guitar break is the best part. A very unintrested sounding Elvis on a song without much structure or melody. The weakest of the 1963 sessions by far.
Well I must say that in no way do i think this tune sonds dated at all or do i consider it to be "one of the lesser tracks" from this sesson. Blue River is a short burst of frantic guitar picking manic drumming piece of typical sixties rocking quality ! A bit short yes but Elvis is well into this song, his voice is delicious as he delivers the true spirtit of what the lyrics are all about. You really believe he has lost his true love who hasent returned the love he feels for her ( been there, done that ! lol ). The backing vocals on this rare occasion in the 60's are just totaly spot on and very different. i personaly love the guitar licks here . The sliding down the strings as the musician works hard to keep up with the speed of this little gem. Elvis" voice is brilliant, Music is brilliant ! Just a little short with mauybe too little lyrics but this tune by Elvis I love alng with "Long Lonely highway" .....
Not exactly a bad song, but not a classic either. Nice enough--wouldn't skip over it, but probably would not seek it out either. But better than many many movie soundtrack songs
Recorded in 1963 and first released as the flip side of "Tell Me Why" in December of 1965. A short, brisk rocker, kind of in the vain of "Dirty, Dirty Feeling" and "I Slipped, I Stumbled, I Fell", but lacking the energy of those earlier recordings. One of the lesser cuts from a very good recording session that produced "Devil In Disguise", "Witchcraft", "Echoes of Love", "Long Lonely Highway" and several other strong songs.
I always liked this song. Although, it sounds so dated now. This is one I'd love to see remastered and overdubbed.
Really not a good song. Probably the weakest of all from the 1963 sessions and it was a single in 1965! Go figure.
It's got a pleasant enough melody but whether it's the hurried pacing of the song or the uncomfortable arrangement, for me the song just doesn't quite work. And judging by the fact that Elvis left this song to the end of the last day of the recording session and spliced the master from the two takes that he did I suspect he felt the same way.
I like this song, it's not offensive in any way - you probably wouldn't deliberately but it on but would be pleasantly surprised when it appeared on your random play.
Could have been better, here was recording that the fans must have been waiting for, a studio recording after all the movie singles, but was it really any better. At the time it was regarded as a fresh, up to date recording, with rca having previously released Tell me Why, Crying in the Chapel, Blue Christmas, Ain't that lovin You & Such a Night as his only non movie singles. But even BR wasn't new havin been recorded in 1963 three years earlier. It was now 1966, and rca could have released Tomorrow is a long Time or Down in the Alley or I'll remember You.
Very ordinary and extremely bad choice for a single in 1965. But thats what going Hollywood did to good quality studio material. There wasnt any being recorded at the time.
It´s okay, but really nothing special. It´s the kind of song that seems to be buried below all the great stuff he did during his career. Not memorable and not great.
This song needs time to grow on you I think. I didn't really care for it at first but then after a few more times of listening to it, I have to now include it as one of my favorites.
A fairly pleasant sound, but I can't understand why it was ever released as a single A side in the mid 60s when there were many more stronger contenders in the can.
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