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For the Heart

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Words & Music: Dennis Linde
Had a dream about you baby, had a dream about me and you
Had a dream and woke up crying
Well I can roll but I just can't rock
And the time's going by, tick-tock
For the heart, I just can't love no-one but you

Well I’m high and dry and lonely, I’m as lonely as can be
And I stare out of my window
Well I can play but I just can't win
And the weather's looking dim
For the heart I just can't love no-one but you

For the heart
For the heart
For the heart I just can't love no-one but you

For the heart
For the heart
For the heart I just can't love no-one but you

Had a dream about you baby, had a dream about me and you
Had a dream and woke up crying
Well I can roll but I just can't rock
And the time's going by, tick-tock
For the heart, I just can't love no-one but you

For the heart
For the heart
For the heart I just can't love no-one but you

For the heart
For the heart
For the heart I just can't love no-one but you
Well, for the heart
For the heart
For the heart I just can't love no-one but you
Yes, for the heart
For the heart
For the heart I just can't love no-one but you
Recorded: 1976/02/05, first released on single

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ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on May 30, 2013report abuse
This is such a splendid and underrated song and Elvis' rendition of it was magnificent. I love the entire "From Elvis Presley Boulevard" album.
sitdown revamped (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2013report abuse
I dare to say: Has Elvis lived and recovered from his painful health situation and whatever was intertwined with it at the time of his passing, this song would have been a real show stopper. I'd have loved see him live in his 50's or 60's doing this. Born in 1964 I was too young to come to the U.S. and see him live in person. But a school mate of mine did, if I am right, while visiting his aunt in the U.S. sometime between 74 and 77.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2013report abuse
Still, to this day, I don't understand why the song "HURT" got all the attention, when the single "HURT/FOR THE HEART" was released in 1976. I like both sides of this single, but, in my opinion, "For the Heart" was the stronger choice for radio airplay. It was a "fresh new song" in 1976. The song rocks and the vocals are strong.
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2013report abuse
Excellent rocker, should have been the A side
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on May 29, 2013report abuse
I am another convert to this track, and have it on all my playlists from this era. There were some really great songs from the much maligned 1976-1977 period and this is certainly one of the best from that time.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 5, 2013report abuse
Personally I consider Way down Elvis' last rock song from October 1976. You can clearly hear Denis Linde's sliding bass on For the heart. A great track. Swampy.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 9, 2012report abuse
Great song, which I often listen to on repeat, I especially like the Had a Dreeeeam-part, but the whole song always make me stop and listen. 4 stars.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 5, 2012report abuse
One of the biggest myths about Elvis' career was that he never did rock again after he came back from the army. All lies!
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 4, 2012report abuse
I do like this song. The strained quality in Elvis" voice to me add's to the over all subject of this song. For some reason I have always thought this a great tune for "Shakin Stevens" to have sang. I think its the drwn out sylables but I think it sure would have suited his style .
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 4, 2012report abuse
One of my favourite albums...I have to say that although I have rated this song with 4 stars, Elvis' voice sounds a little strained throughout. Great song and one I never skip.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 4, 2012report abuse
Great song, but tired performance. Would have been great 5 years prior.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 17, 2011report abuse
Great song, Great performance. Without a doubt one ofthe "highlights" of the "Elvis Presley boulevard album".
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2011report abuse
Regarding the song--never been a favorite. Along with "Shake A Hand" and "I Can Help", "For The Heart" is one my least favs of the 70s.
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2011
Invisible because there was a reaction to someone else
MickeyN (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2011report abuse
This is a good song and, as always, well sung.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2011report abuse
i thought this was one of elvis's last great rockers,a tweak here and there and it could have been a huge hit.if it had of been then that may have given him more of a choice in what direction his music should be going.four stars from me,should have been the A side backed with something other than hurt.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2011report abuse
a great song, its a pity our man wasnot in the mood anymore to perform it live.
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 20, 2011report abuse
No matter what anybody else says, "For The Heart" was one of "The King's" greatest songs. The people that say only Elvis' "Sun Sessions" period mattered are like those who continue to praise the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller" periods when there is a treasure trove of great material to choose from. Thank God most people don't feel the way that those people do.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 20, 2011report abuse
Most songs of Elvis in the late 70's don't get good reviews here,because of all the 50's lovers. But the fact is that his voice was magical in '76 and even his performances till 1977,whether you like it or not. So maybe the songs aren't nr.1 hits,but i don't care neither did Elvis,but his voice was incredible. 5 stars for both the album and song.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 20, 2011report abuse
This is a good rocker that Elvis would have turned into a major hit single like Burning Love if recorded a few years earlier. Unsurprisingly in 1976 Elvis brings a (too) slow rhythm and the beat is not strong enough. A missed opportunity but still an enjoyable recording. Three stars from me.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2010report abuse
Reasonable song for me. Elvis sounds a little swamped by the production at times. It also feels a little slow to my ears. To paraphrase the lyrics, it rolls but it just don't rock.
jb4elvis (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 30, 2010report abuse
A really good song, well done by Elvis. I always wished he had sung this one in concert a few times. The band sounds really good on this one as well. With the various takes which have been released thus far, it really seems as if Elvis is having fun with this one. One of the better "rock" songs from the mid-70's.
DekeR (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2010report abuse
'For the Heart' is a good song. I always enjoyed singin it.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2010report abuse
Love this song ! I wish Radio would have played this, instead of the flipside (of the single)which was "Hurt". Both songs are great, but I give the "edge" to "For the Heart". Of note the "outakes" of this song are great too !
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2010report abuse
This and Hurt are the only 2 songs I can listen to from the Blvd LP. Since they were already out as a single, the album did nothing for me but bring me down. I think this is much better than Hurt and certainly had more hit potential since it was a brand new song and a contemporary country/rocker. So they picked a song that has been done by 2 major artists since the 50's as the A side. Go figure.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 29, 2010report abuse
With a little more effort and more takes this could have been a massive hit for Elvis, instead the awful Hurt took the A side. Having said this I still rate the recording as one of Elvis' best 1970s rockers.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 27, 2010report abuse
Another five star song from the "The Jungle Room Sessions". Elvis at 41 proving he could still rock when he wanted to and providing one of the most hard to duplicate vocals of his career. Try holding the words "dream" and "power" with the power he did, it is nearly impossible. It is not as frantic as "T-R-O-U-B-L-E", but anything but slow.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2008report abuse
I have always hated this song. This one and "Shake a Hand" are probably my two least favorite Elvis songs. Certainly of the 1970s
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
I love "Hurt." Wouldn't give a plug nickel for this song.
KH (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
I notice many like this song, but I never did. It runs way too slow in my opinion. If Elvis had turned it into a rock ´n roll number à la "Burning Love" (by the same songwriter), it could have been a different matter altogether.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
I absolutely love this song....It's in my top 5 of Elvis's catalogue !
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
Elvis last true rock & roll song. Should have been the A side and maybe had some hit potetntial, but he does sound tired in parts. Was a big country hit for The Judds in the US later on.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
Sorry, but I cannot abide this !
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
well, if I am not wrongly informed, in those days Elvis wasn't too ambitious for recording sessions any more...so how can one get to a better result if inspiration lacks?
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
A missed opportunity for Elvis and it's production team. This song had the potential of being a hit, but somehow, Elvis never got to capture it's soul. An up the average rock in 1976, but a less than average rock in Elvis career. A could have been hit, if it had a something else.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 7, 2008report abuse
A decent rocker which showed that Elvis still could do great rock songs when he was in the mood for it. I wonder how good this one had been if it would have been recorded properly. That goes for all numbers on the graceland albums.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 12, 2008report abuse
This was a cracking song and deserved to be an A side in this country instead of the ill fated Hurt, (which was far to short and suffered the indignation of having an alternative soul version released at the same time by The Manhattans, and beating him up the charts). An all out rocker with a pounding piano and Elvis' magic vocal what a crying shame this side went unnoticed.

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