I'm Counting on You

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Words & Music: Don Robertson
All the words that I'll ever know
Still could not say
How much I need you so in every way
I go wrong and you guide me
As only you can do
Hold my hand, stand beside me
I'm counting on you
I'm counting on you dear
From the dawn of each day
To always come through dear
In your kind lovin' way
If you knew just how deeply
I feel things you do
Then you'd know how completely
I'm counting on you
I'm counting on you dear
From the dawn of each day
To always come through dear
In your kind lovin' way
If you knew just how deeply
I feel things you do
Then you'd know how completely
I'm counting on you
Recorded: 1956/01/11, first released on Elvis Presley

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 24, 2013report abuse
The sound is not too great. Elvis ballad voice would be so much beter in the sixties. Still, a decent song, but far from great.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 25, 2013report abuse
It is hard to call this one of the "weaker" songs on his first LP, but I guess that just shows how great his debut LP was! Not a weak track, but just not quite as good as "One Sided Love Affair", "Money Honey", "Blue Suede Shoes", "Tryin' To Get To You", "Just Because" and "I Got A Woman". It is on par with "I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin') and better than "I Love You Because". I will give it 4 stars as a song and the LP gets 5 stars easily.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 24, 2013report abuse
One of the weaker songs recorded at the early RCA sessions but still an enjoyable listening experience. His ballad voice at this time was far from how it developed technically in the early 60's, but still had the ability to attract and enthral.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 14, 2013report abuse
I've always liked this song and Elvis' rendition of it was magnificent. The other thirteen songs that Elvis recorded that were written by Don Robertson are "Anything That's Part Of You", "I Met Her Today", "I Really Don't Want To Know", "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here", "I'm Falling In Love Tonight", "I'm Yours", "Love Me Tonight", "Marguerita", "No More", "Starting Today", "There's Always Me", "They Remind Me Too Much Of You" and "What Now, What Next, Where To".
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 23, 2011report abuse
I always liked this especially following the frantic Blue Suede Shoes on the LP. Nice vocal and yes, in this case, simple is better!
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
Sometimes simple is good! Sometimes simple is even better! Beautiful little gem. Elvis and Don Robertson is like hand in glove!
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
A "musical still" compared to the other legendary material. But a fine ballad. Greatly sung. My favourite slow song of these groundbreaking years is "Playing For Keeps". Read this intresitng quote to the history of the song and how it became an Elvis song:
"In 1955, Robertson had written a country song entitled IM COUNTING ON YOU, and the Aberbachs, a NY publishing firm, were enthusiastic. They promised they could get a big star to record it, Robertson says. Well, a few months later they said they were giving it to this new up-and-coming singer named Elvis Presley. I was thoroughly disappointed. I had never heard of Elvis Presley, and after all, they had promised me a big star."
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
It may be weaker than the rest of the debut album, but it is still a great song, sort of country doo-wop if you will. And with that magical 50's Elvis voice, you can do no wrong. The emotion even in this simple song is amazing. No baritone yet.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
Very beautiful ballad. Scotty's intro is efficient. It sounds just like a Sun track !
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
A great balad amidst the outstanding RnR songs. Here in his early twenties the King shows his vocal potentials that developed later on to his great voice. Love to hear this one!
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
The rock 'n roll king shows he can do balads too, good recording, gets you listening, so relax and enjoy.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2009report abuse
A lovely Don Robertson number and one of my favourite Elvis tracks ever.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2009report abuse
Okay balad, but one of the weaker early RCA attempts.

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