Is It So Strange
Words & Music:
Oh, if you tell a lie
You know that I'll forgive you
Though you say our love is just a game
And when you hear my name
You'll say I'm from a strange world
But is it so strange to be in love with you
Is it so strange
That I love you more than all the world
Is it so strange
I have no eyes for any other girl
Oh won't you take me back
And say that you still love me
To waste a love like ours would be a sin
Let us kiss again
Let me hold you near
And take me from this strange world
That I'm living in
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This is such a terrific and underrated ballad and Elvis' recording of it was brilliant. Elvis sang it so tenderly and so sincerely. I've never skipped it. I love all of Elvis' recordings from the 1950's immensely. My favorite era of Elvis' career will definitely always be the 1950's.
No doubt, one of his best recordings from the 50s. As mentioned previously, some of the other real good ones, that must be mentioned: "Anyway you want me" & "Playing for Keeps" & "Tell Me Why" & "Blue Moon", among many more.
Among Elvis' best ballads of the 1950's. Some of the best IMO are "I Was The One", "Anyway You Want Me", "Playing For Keeps", "Don't" and "That's When Your Heartaches Begin" and this one despite never being a hit deserves a place among them. He didn't have that crystal clear, pitch perfect voice that he would develop in the early 60's or the bombastic (and I mean that in a good way that he had in the 70's, but there is something beautiful, yet haunting in it. As mentioned in a previous review for this song, no ones voice was like his. Elvis could wring every last bit of emotion out of a song and this is a perfect example of him doing just that.
I have always loved this song. I prefer the cleaner mastering on the Just For You EP, over the more echo laden A Date With Elvis mono version. (don't EVEN want to talk about the ERS version!) It has always been on of my favorites.
Great song, great ballad, fantastic rendition. A true 50's gem. It was a late discovery for me, arround late 80's when i had " A date with Elvis". How great Elvis voice was bach then!
I have mixed emotions about this one. I don't currently have it on any of playlists but enjoy it when I give it an occasional spin. His ballad vocal range at this time leaves a bit to be desired, but like his many ballad efforts in the 1950's succeeded because he manages to impart an indefinable simple charm.
Faron Young didn't want to give up the rights to this song. Elvis recorded it nevertheless. Thank God he did.
Fabulous record in that great beat/ballad 50's style. When he goes up, there is no other voice in the world that sounds like that. Great song.
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