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Heartbreak Hotel

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Words & Music: Mae Boren Axton/ Tommy Durden/ Elvis Presley
Well, since my baby left me,
I found a new place to dwell.
It's down at the end of lonely street
at Heartbreak Hotel.

You make me so lonely baby,
I get so lonely,
I get so lonely I could die.

And although it's always crowded,
you still can find some room.
Where broken hearted lovers
do cry away their gloom.

You make me so lonely baby,
I get so lonely,
I get so lonely I could die.

Well, the Bell hop's tears keep flowin',
and the desk clerk's dressed in black.
Well they been so long on lonely street
They ain't ever gonna look back.

You make me so lonely baby,
I get so lonely,
I get so lonely I could die.

Hey now, if your baby leaves you,
and you got a tale to tell.
Just take a walk down lonely street
to Heartbreak Hotel.
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Recorded: 1956/01/10, first released on single

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 5, 2014report abuse
Elvis gives a otherworldly performance. Groundbreaking, is it blues, is it rock, don't know for sure but it's dark and sinister for sure. Timeless classic and more.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 11, 2013report abuse
Sam Phillips hated the song. At RCA they thought that Elvis should re-record this one. They were all wrong. A time-less classic had been made, but they didn't know.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2012report abuse
A pivotal track that gave the big lift off to the Elvis career - absolutely fantastic even after all these years.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 25, 2009report abuse
Never really a favourite of mine, but Elvis´s performance of the song is out of this world. Would be impossible to improve! Incredible!
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 25, 2009report abuse
I wouldn't say it was the birth of R&R that was "Rock Around The Clock"but this certainly put Elvis on the map!
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 11, 2009report abuse
This is the first time I heard Elvis. This started my collecting.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 11, 2009report abuse
5 stars - end of. This is a song of legend!
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2009report abuse
A timeless classic!
mbc77 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2009report abuse
The first time I heard this song and it really blew me away. A timeless classic, who knew that this could be the start of a great career for Elvis. I still love this song..one of the best.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2009report abuse
Why was this recording so great, because Elvis was very much in control. Choice of song, how it was done, even when it was released. Could still be packaged and re-released as a UK single and if done right it could at last be another UK #1.
Jay (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2009report abuse
classic!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 21, 2008report abuse
Now this is one of those rare '50s tunes that I'm not sick of hearing. A groundbreaking masterpiece.
Elvisonmymind (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 24, 2008report abuse
Everyone is referring July 5, 1954 as the birth of rock and roll. It's wrong! It is January 10, 1956 cause Heartbreak Hotel is the first most energetic, most powerful, most sexiest, most rawness song ever recorded. Before this song there was nothing and after not much.
busboy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
The birth of rock n roll, simple as that.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
well, this was the first song I ever strummed on my guitar as a fourteen years old guy at some ski-camp in front of my whole school way back in february 78...a long time ago man...there's no rawer and more inspired version then the first one of the sitdownshows out there in burbank ca.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
What can I say ? That's were my idolation for Elvis started in 1977 with the LP "Elvis Forever" and I heard Heartbreak Hotel for the first time..
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
I must have listened to every version Elvis made of this song like a billion times each and I can't seem to get enough...
ekravik (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
What a rawness!! No one else can pull this off as Elvis does here. Amazing. Primus inter pares.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
That first big hit that made things happen for Elvis worldwide. He also made it happen for the fans too, many of whom like me were around at the time of the records release. And over 50 years later still listening to the great legacy Elvis left.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
What can we say! It was THIS MUSIC that made everything happening, that changed minds, social and political standards! This is not only one of the greatest Classics of Rock History but as well one of the greatest social forces in modern society! Just listen to that eco…
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 14, 2008report abuse
Wow. Heartbreak Hotel is just a brilliant recording. Actually I prefer the versions from the fifties, the best version of Hearbreak Hotel is in my mind the one on the Milton Bearle Show 1956. If you compare, that is more sincere than the ones from Comeback Special (especially from the standup shows) where it´s just sheer power. Too much power
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2008report abuse
Here the young and ever vibrant Elvis is giving an excellent performance in which he knows how to combine that raw and provocative power of his with the 'sadness of loosing a lover'. You can really feel how that energy is sort of boxed in by the 'sadness'. Superb! Particularly interesting is the version with the Dorsey Brothers. Here the big band seems to lift him up as to show these dynamics all the more.

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