Words & Music:
I'm so hurt to think that you lied to me
I'm hurt way down deep inside of me
You said our love was true
And we'll never, never part
Now you've got someone new
And it breaks my heart
I'm hurt, much more than you'll ever know
Yes darling, I'm so hurt
Because I still love you so
Even though you hurt me
Like nobody else could ever do
I would never hurt, hurt you
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The day after Elvis died, the only vinyl I could find, in my local record store, were three 45s: Hurt/For the Heart, Moody Blue/She Thinks I Still Care and Hound Dog / Don't Be Cruel. Moody Blue intrigued me because I had planned to buy the LP after seeing it in the store on August 6th -- 10 days before Elvis' death. An Elvis-y version of Hound Dog showcased Fonzie's power on Happy Days. But, it was Hurt that had the most spins on my turntable -- the explosion at the beginning and crescendo at the end was amazing. The "Elvis in Concert" was even better.
This is such a stellar song and Elvis has the very best renditions of it for sure.
This song, was released, on a 45 rpm single, as "Hurt / "For the Heart" in America. And, Even though I like the song "Hurt", I was really pushing for the song, "For the Heart" to be the huge hit ! I loved, that song ! On, New York Radio, "Hurt" got most of the "Pop Radio airplay", while "For the Heart" was played mostly on Country Radio. I think Elvis favored "Hurt" over "For the Heart", but I wish he had performed "For the Heart" on stage. too ! I remember a New York DJ saying at the time, saying that "Hurt" was the worst song that, Elvis, ever recorded ! I (being a semi shy kid at the time) called the radio station and got the DJ, on the phone and told the guy off, letting him know that his job was to play the music and not criticize it !
Now I love it, now I don't! It's one of those recordings I need to be in a special mood to really dig. As for the single back then, For The Heart got most spins!
I don't like the song. I know, because I hate the Timi Yuro version. But in the hands of Elvis, it's classy.
Yes Timi Yuro had the definitive version but Elvis runs it very close. This is is one one of those rare songs where I prefer the live performance to the studio effort. Pittsburgh New Year's Eve 76-77 was really something with its reprise, and falling back flat on the floor, while I have watched the Rapid City CBS performance many times in absolute awe. This appears to be a colossal battle against all the vocal odds to overcome the impossible but somehow he majestically pulls it off - his reaction is there for all to see on the successful completion.
When he sang this song at his last concert was awesome. his voice was powerful.
Great song. A great opener for From Elvis Presley Blvd. I actually love every song on that album and consider it more or less a concept album. I like how the album opens with Hurt and closes with I'll Never Fall in Love Again, with both having big endings. As great as the original version is, I must admit I also really love the CBS Elvis in Concert version with that beautiful ending. Outstanding!
The studio version is amongst the best recordings of the 70s and definitely the best from the Jungle Room sessions. The live versions do not have the same quality but were good opportunity to wow the audience with his vocal abilities. Five stars from me.
In terms of a good song well recorded this ranks high among Elvis' best 1970s material. But as a single the song is far to short and was outsold by the Manhattans slow soulful version in the UK, which was released around the same time as Elvis'. I think For the Heart should have been released as the A side.
Obviously one of Elvis' favorites as he recorded it (Feb 1976) at almost every concert from March 1976 until his last one in June of '77. The original single version is a masterpiece and ranks easily as one of Elvis' top 50 songs. Timi Yuro did have a nice version in the early 60's, but Elvis' is just two minutes of absolute emotion and top notch vocals. The spoken bridge that had been used to great effect in "Are You Lonesome Tonight", "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", "Are You Sincere", "Green, Green Grass Of Home" and a couple others is again spine chilling.
Elvis does a great job, but Timi Yuro has the all time definitive version. Powerful & soulful at the same time without being overly dramatic & operatic.
Seems like every song of the day lately is from Elvis' final recordings in the jungle room. Elvis had such a powerful voice, and this is a real showcase for it. I think he could have done just about anything, including opera, if decided to.
Love this song.I remember when it first came out,my mom was driving me to school and it came on radio in car and Iwas in awe of the power and emotion in Elvis' voice. Truly powerfull performance.
What a performance, every time, Elvis performed, this song ! He pushed his voice to the max. The studio version is an absolute classic, and he truly makes, the listener, feel his "hurt". The only complaint, that I have, with this recording, is with the sound. The mix, sounds a bit "distorted and muddy" compared to the rest of the songs, on the "Elvis Presley Boulevard album". I wish, RCA would go back, and remix and digitally remaster this, from the master. By the way, when "Hurt / For the Heart" was released as a single, I thought, for sure, that, "For the Heart" would have been the bigger hit, and receive most of the radio airplay, but, the song was ignored, for "Hurt".
Beyond any comparison and by far the most brilliant and touching version I have ever heard of this song. Elvis' prowess in voice, sentimental expression and treatment from the heart makes this song one of those highlights of his shows. His rendition is so soothing to the mind that hearing this song uplifts the mind. One of those songs all my guests are fond of.
The spoken part of the song in the studio is second to none,you can feel his intensity and passion. Later concert versions were great over the top versions but not the same.In my top 10 of 70's songs.
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