One Broken Heart for Sale

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Words & Music: Otis Blackwell/ Winfield Scott
Who wants to buy a heart
One broken lover's heart
One broken heart for sale

Well, excuse me if you see me crying like a baby
Since she rejected me
There's nothing left to save me

Hey Cupid, where are you?
My heart is growing sadder
That girl rejected me
Just when I thought I had her

She would not listen to the things my heart was saying
She turned and walked away
And told me I was playing

Some guys have all the luck
And my heart hasn't any
I think I'll paint a sign
For sale for a penny
Recorded: 1962/09/22, first released on single

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Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2014report abuse
As mentioned by many, this song is not bad, its just too , way too short. So, give it a new life, remix it, add some tme to it and maybe it will work well. It worked with ALLC, why not with this one. The song has a groove and it could click. Not well known at all, so that helps as well.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2014report abuse
Not one of his better offerings. First off, it was way, way too short and way, way too similar to the past "Elvis Formula" as I refer to it. Of course, it was an Otis Blackwell tune and to be honest, you could tell so from the "get-go" as we say. The entire soundtrack album "It Happened At The World's Fair" in itself was a ridiculously short album to match this single. This was the start of the Elvis downfall as I would call it. A real shame; put out the product and make a fast buck and of course, don't put too much effort into it. I can't believe the Colonel was thinking about charging an extra amount of money for this soundtrack and making it a gatefold album. What a scam that would have been. You can;'t undo the past and it's interesting now to look back and think "what if"???? Those days are long gone; actually to be fair, in this day and age, this song would be a number 1 (It is 2014).
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 9, 2014report abuse
I know this song is often thrown to the curb, but it has always been among my favorites. Wonderfully bouncy and the harmonies are fantastic, I really love watching Elvis perform it in the film. I believe it is staged very well. I know it's way too short, but I have just always get a kick listening to it. Always makes me feel good.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 13, 2012report abuse
Yes a middle of the road song in terms of quality after the blitz of the previous 3 years. Much too short and the fact that this sold a million and appeared around the top ten spot, but does not appear on any main hit compilations tells its own story. Still it was not an out and out disaster by any means but should have been as long as the movie version.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 28, 2012report abuse
This is such a terrific song and it's definitely one of the very best Elvis movie songs from the 1960's. It's from my 2nd most favorite Elvis movie "It Happened At The World's Fair". It's one of nine songs that Elvis recorded that was written by Winfield Scott.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2010report abuse
Sub-standard single after the great run of the early 60's singles, but then again so was the LP and the film.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2010report abuse
The song itself isn't too bad, the downside though was that the song was very short. I too believe that this record signaled the end of Elvis' undisputed reign as number one, the top performer on every chart.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2010report abuse
After the classic hit "Return To Sender" it seemed there was an effort to have Elvis record several songs ("Western Union" and "Finder Keepers, Losers Weepers" among them) that sound almost identical to it in tempo. This song was also in that vein (recorded for the movie "It Happened At The World's Fair") and was even written by the same writers. While it is a very good track, it doesn't measure up to RTS. It is too short and one is left to wonder why the 2nd verse was removed from the song. It was a decent hit single, reaching #11 and that is only 6 notches below "I Feel So Bad" and "Little Sister". As far as being too short even with the 2nd verse, wasn't Teddy Bear only one minute and 53 seconds and "All Shook Up under two minutes as well?
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 5, 2008report abuse
I really like this slight song. It's far too short, even when it includes the much needed 2nd verse.
Oddly, for me personally, I feel like this song has aged better than some songs that are probably considered superior. For example, I tend to skip "Devil In Disguise" when it's on my iPod, but I let this one play. Maybe because it was a little more obscure and not played to death. Wish it were longer, and it was great seeing Elvis dressed like Cary Grant in the movie! (The suits, I mean)
dressingroomrehearsa (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 5, 2008report abuse
...and I was born. A good year though, oldscudder! ¦-) But by 1970 The Yeah Yeah Yeah's suddenly stopped. But by then Elvis Presley had less than a decade to live...
theoldscudder (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2008report abuse
If you lived it at the time, this record was touted as Elvis' first commercial failure. First time ever failing to hit the top 10. Music was changing rapidly at this time and this song didnt cut it at 1 minute 30 seconds & a lot of that was the repetitive chorus! At least he came back in 1963 with 2 more top 10 hits, but then 1964 came and...
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2008report abuse
a happy song, inspite of the title. Too short though. I'm glad it came ou tlater with the 2nd verse. I don't know why they left it out at first?
Volker Stockel (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2008report abuse
Another Hit for the King. One Broken Heart For Sale reached number 11 on the Hot 100 chart and remained on this chart for 9 weeks. It reached number 21 on the R&B chart and stayed on this chart for 4 weeks. in the UK: 12 and became another Gold record for him. Its short but very good.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2008report abuse
Its not a great song, but not a terrible one either. The single was way too short to be a hit. It needed the second verse to make it to the 2 minute mark. Why oh why was it left out? A song that not too many people know except maybe Elvis fans. The movie? Forget it.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2008report abuse
Love the song and the movie, too. Glad they left the second verse out of the single version.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2008report abuse
It's an ok tune for me. The single version was one of the firsts Elvis's musics I’ve ever eared!
I do prefer the movie version, released only in the 90's, with the middle verse, since the single version I find it too short, with only 1m33s.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 25, 2008report abuse
I happen to like this song...not a classic but a catchy tune nevertheless !
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2008report abuse
To me this single signaled the end of the golden Elvis era, when he could do know wrong in the charts. I was very disappointed with this release on first hearing it in my pre teenage years and I still feel the same way now.A sub standard choice from a mediocre film.Music tastes were changing, Elvis couldn't see this, and the rot had set in.

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