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Night Rider

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Words & Music: Doc Pomus/ Mort Shuman
Night rider, night rider
You may think that it's the breeze
Whispering through the lonely trees
But it's only him a'flying round the bend
As the day comes to that end

Night rider, night rider
He came riding to town
As the sun was going down
Saw my baby and he smiled her heart away
Now what will I do today

Cautioned my baby to stay at home
Not to leave mama's side
She laughed when I told her take care, take care
Or you'll share in his midnight ride

Night rider, night rider
Since he stole around the side
I ain't had no peace of mind
Night rider, won't you let my baby be
Come on, send her back to me
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Recorded: 1961/03/18, first released on Pot Luck

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 9, 2014report abuse
I believe this song was originally cut for the "Blue Hawaii" soundtrack and then never used. Later I believe was used in "Tickle Me", which has gotta be the most piecedtogether creation since Frankenstein. Fast tempo rocker, enjoyable but far from great. Elvis fires out the lyrics at breakneck pace.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 19, 2013report abuse
This is such a splendid, underrated, fun and overlooked song and it should definitely be much better known than it actually is. It was a tremendous addition to the magnificent "Pot Luck" album.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2013report abuse
Elvis did not record Little sister at this session. He recorded that already in June that year. The most rocking song he did in October 1961 next to Night rider, was Good luck charm. As Elvis picked the songs for Tickle me himself, he must have liked this one.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 13, 2012report abuse
A track that I really enjoy from one of my favourite albums namely Pot Luck. Perhaps not a rocker but a song that zips along and allows Elvis to show his ability at singing this type of number.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2012report abuse
"Night Rider" is a fun song and it's a nice album track, and was featured nicely later, in the movie "Tickle Me", but I could never see the song, being a big hit single for Elvis. Of note, I read here, that someone didn't like how Elvis slowed down the tempo of "Gentle on my Mind". I so totally disagree with that. Slowing it down and singing it, with soul, as he did, gave the song real depth and meaning. It was brilliant ! One of the best tracks he recorded in his amazing career.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2012report abuse
Cool tune! Pure pop from "The King".
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 26, 2011report abuse
The song is fast and short. Night rider is included in the cheap 'Tickle me' movie, dancing in the scene with a hot babe in tight white shorts, which makes it somewhat enjoyable to watch. The song is not rocking, neither dull. Three stars.
RobIreland (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 26, 2011report abuse
Well "Night Rider" as i see it isnt "Rock n Roll" but a typical sixties up tempo track along the same lines as "Blue River which isnt rock n roll but a good sixites style tune. I have always loved Elvis" voice from this period and Night Rider is no exception. I do love this tune and am glad Elvis recorded it the way he did ... but : ) I would have loved to have heard a slower version with beefier instrumentation. Hey maybe this is cause for a new remix.

This tune let us not forget was chosen for the sound track in the series Knight Rider so it cant be that mediocre as some fans here seem to think. Has anyone found a complete track from that knight rider remix by the way ? An unusual song which plays well at Halloween ... I always think of Night Rider as a ghost kind of figure something like the Headless Horseman lol ... Infact I made a vid of this very subject on Utube ... Thank You !
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2010report abuse
An odd song from the "Pot Luck" LP that seemed to trouble Elvis. He originally recorded it in Oct 1961 (not March of 61 as shown above), but was not satisfied with the result. He tried recording it again in March of 1962, but was not happy at all with these takes. Finally RCA released the Oct of '61 version on the LP listed above and it is one of those songs that somedays I like it and somedays I don't. Anyone who think Elvis didn't want to still rock only needs to know that at that same Oct '61 recording session he recorded "Little Sister". 3 stars leaning closer to 2 1/2 stars.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
This always sounded like it was on the wrong speed to me---even more than "Girl Happy" which actually IS on the wrong speed. The thing is, it is a good song. A few days ago I was sort of complaining about Elvis slowing down "Gentle On My Mind" a little too much, and now complaining that "Night Rider" is too fast. But with Elvis so much of what he did was so absolutely beautiful and flawlessly perfect, I guess it is easy to nitpick here and there. So for my money, slow it down, growl a little, turn it into Mystery train part 2
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
Very medicore as was Pot Luck except for Suspicion. Watered down rock n roll.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
I first heard this song when I was about 12. Loved it then. Still love it these many years later. There are other Elvis album tracks I'll skip, but this is not one of them.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
I liked this one when I first came across it. Then it sort of dropped out of focus, but lately I listen to it again on a regular basis. Maybe it is because it is a sort of in between song. Not really RnR yet its up tempo prompts attention. It could have been a more challenging when the rawness of the fifties would resound a little more.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
Not a whole lot of people want to write about this one. I think it might be because it´s so boring and trivial. These guys usually wrote much better songs.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
I Like it. It's a fine album track, from a good album like "Put Luck", maybe the last decent one Elvis made, if you exclude How Great thou Art, before the 68' Comeback and the 69' Memphis sessions.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
Pot Luck is one of my top 5 Elvis albums, although I don't play this particular track all that often it is a good song never the less and certainly better than the soundtrack material that he unfortunately got saddled with.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
The song's were getting samey & soundtrack,having said that,it's not that bad,he's done worse
Anything from Harum Scarum come to mind !
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 15, 2009report abuse
Night Rider never saw many spins on my record player. Compared to a fantastic song like "I want you with me" from about the same period of time, it sounds terribly sterile. As if Presley would sing it through the receiver of a telephone. The songwriter team is unbeatable.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 27, 2009report abuse
I don't know what it is, but I could never warm up to this song. Is it too fast? Does Elvis sound as into as he should be? It's not a bad tune, & it's from a great team. Maybe Elvis didn't really want to rock out as he did in the past. Maybe the soundtrack songs were already depressing him.

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