Datin'

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Words & Music: Fred Wise/ Randy Starr
Datin' is a game that grown-ups play
Datin' means acting in a silly way
Datin' makes girls start wiggle walking
Datin' makes a guy start baby talking

Dizzy like children on a merry-go-round
Grown-ups are the biggest kids I've found
You'd think they belong in a baby carriage
They're doing things that lead to marriage
But don't you laugh at what they do, oh no
'Cause some day you'll be datin' too

Datin' makes a guy comb his hair just right
His girl can mess it up when they kiss good-night
Datin' makes you quarrel and say you'll break up
And just because it's so much fun to make up

Children can't wait to grow up but then
They're datin and they're acting like kids again
You'd think they belong in a baby carriage
They're doing things that lead to marriage
But don't you laugh at what they do, oh no
Some day you'll be datin' too
Recorded: 1965/07/26, first released on Paradise, Hawaiian Style

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McHobbit (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2014report abuse
This one I actually don't mind. Not a masterpiece by any means but fun for what it is. I gotta admit that I do occasionally listen to it when the mood strikes me.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 5, 2013report abuse
Should have stayed in the confines of the film as it completely loses its way out of that environment. Yes money usually speaks louder than anything else, and so our boy went along with the sham and picked up another nice wad of cash. We on this site worry about it more than he ever did.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 1, 2013report abuse
They're doing things that lead to marriage:risky stuff.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
There is absolutely nothing good about this dreadful and embarrassing song. Elvis should have refused to ever record it.
Bestoftherest8301 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2012report abuse
Elvis built himself a whole new fanbase through these sugary movies, kids, housewives, grannies etc, all buying the albums and going to the cinema. Elvis took a $million dollars for a lot of the movies plus a box office %, kerrrchinggggg! You can't knock the maths on this and as a business model it's faultless, Shame about the artisitic impression though. I actully like this song, I don't know why 'cause I shouldn't, and the outtake too. I'll keep taking the pills and maybe I'll recover soon. come on everyone has a song they know they shouldn't like but secretly they do.... don't they?
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2012report abuse
Crap in, crap out... I actually like this song and the actual soundtrack; it is a far cry from the man I knew in the 1950's growing up and the material he sang. The Colonel and Elvis himself, for going along with the movie hoax is really sad... He could have told the Colonel no, but money speaks louder than common sense at times.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2012report abuse
Poor song from a poor film. Probably did it for Parker...enough said !
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2012report abuse
Poor song from his weakest soundtrack album. PHS was a disaster and probably killed his movie career, amazing that it still took another two years after the release of PHS to realize it was over and the NBC TV Special was taped.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 31, 2011report abuse
Another bad song from the pen of Randy Starr. How this guy ever got off the ground as a songwriter amazes me.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 31, 2011report abuse
As you all know it's from PHS..and that's where it should stay.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 25, 2010report abuse
A passable track due to Elvis actually coming alive at the "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" sessions on this one. His voice is strong and he does the best with what is nothing more than a "kiddie" song. The song fits the scene in the movie, but on record it looses any luster after a couple of listenings. I give it 1 1/2 stars, maybe two.
Volker Stockel (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 20, 2009report abuse
People often forget, about the songs for what the where recorded. this one was recorded for a movie and fit in well in this movie. I love watching the movies and all the songs in the movies. For me it was MTV long before MTV was born. Datin was a nice, funny song with a true strong voice of Elvis. I like the recording of it when he starts laughing loud
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 17, 2009report abuse
Listening to Elvis during those soundtrack sessions one can clearly hear how Elvis himself thought about the whole thing. But, I admire him for pulling it through time after time. That said I still like to listen to This Is My Heaven and Sand Castles from this album. I think it's not fair to compare Elvis' 60's soundtracks to anything else but themselves!
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 16, 2009report abuse
Hal Wallis didnt care & neither did the Colonel. And neither do I for that matter. I will never play this song again in my life.
sitdown revamped (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 16, 2009report abuse
I just wonder how Hal Wallis felt, after having done stuff like King Creole and now he was doing this. This song comes right after Dominic in the worst song ever charts. too bad but didn't he once say, they would do stuff like that as long as they are having fun with it?
Jim Hoff (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 16, 2009
Invisible because there was a reaction to someone else
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 16, 2009
Invisible because there was an ad in the wrong place
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 16, 2009report abuse
He sang it to a 10 year old. That seemed to be his audience intelligence level by mid-60's. Crap from the worst soundtrack ever
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 16, 2009report abuse
never play it now, after '69 and Elvis showing what he really could, do this rubbish is not worth listening to. Be honest, would it get into any Elvis top 500 recordings?
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 16, 2009report abuse
I don't mind this tune, Elvis is actually in fine fettle - just wish the material was better.
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 4, 2008report abuse
Of course we all know it's not a good song... it's not thaaat bad either, just an okay movie filler.
But the outtakes on "Silver Box" are vey funny! "Yeah, baby"

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