Paralyzed

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Words & Music: Otis Blackwell/ Elvis Presley
When you looked into my eyes
I stood there like I was hyp-notised
You sent a feeling to my spine
A feeling warm and smooth and fine
But all I could do were stand there paralyzed
When we kissed, ooh what a thrill
You took my hand and, ooh baby, what a chill
I felt like grabbin' you real tight
Squeeze and squeeze with all my might
But all I could do were stand there paralyzed

Oh yeah lucky me, I’m singing ev'ry day
Ever since that day you came my way
You made my life for me just one big happy game
I'm gay ev'ry morning
At night I’m still the same
Do you remember that wonderful time
You held my hand and swore that you'll be mine
In front of preacher you said
"I do" I couldn't say a word for thinking of you
All I could do was stand there paralyzed
Recorded: 1956/09/02, first released on Elvis

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Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 15, 2014report abuse
A good LP track in the vain of "Don't Be Cruel" and "All Shook Up", but nowhere near the song or recording they were. For those who say this should have been a single, which single would you have replaced with this song? "Love Me Tender" was already a planned release when this song was recorded and there was no way RCA and the Colonel would have not released the title song to Elvis' first film. "Too Much" is a superior song and I don't think "Paralyzed" would have spent three weeks at #1 on the best seller list like TM did. "All Shook Up" was the next release. This song is where it belongs on his second LP. 3.5 stars for the song, maybe 3.5 for the LP, but I don't love this LP near as much as many do.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 6, 2014report abuse
Great song on my favorite 50's LP. 5 stars period.
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 4, 2014report abuse
Should have been a single release. Fun rocker in the tradition of "Don"t Be Cruel".
elvisfan56 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2013report abuse
Elvis did do this song live on his final louisiana hayride apearance in dec. 1956. all in all this is a great song and i believe suits Elvis well
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2013report abuse
On my top 10 Elvis songs ! Love the phrasing and playfullness in his voice, I NEVER skip this, and never will, at least 5 stars !
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2013report abuse
One of my all time favorites in music (not just Elvis music). I love this music so much since the 1st time I’ve listen to it, 35 years ago, and my love never decreased. It's a part of my soul. Thank You Elvis. Thank you for everything you gave and represent for me.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 3, 2013report abuse
This is such a sensational, underrated, overlooked and fun song and Elvis' rendition of it was stellar. I've never skipped it. This should have been a major hit for Elvis here in the United States, but it sadly wasn't. It's a true masterpiece of a recording. It's from one of Elvis' very best albums too.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2013report abuse
Elvis seemed reluctant to sing it on request on the Million Dollar Quartet. Perhaps he didn't like it that much. Has he ever sang it live? Not as good as All shook up or Don't be cruel, although it sounds alike.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2012report abuse
I always feel uplifted after hearing this song, an upbeat rock and roll number that emits so much youthful energy. This was a belated UK top ten entry in 1957 when Elvis changed distributuion labels from HMV to RCA. and they released some older tracks as a last hurrah - Easily 5 stars.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2012report abuse
One of 12 from the "Elvis" album - his second LP. Never get tired of hearing it; a typical Otis Blackwell song, much in the same vein as All Shook Up or Don't Be Cruel.
marco31768 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 28, 2010report abuse
What a beautiful song !
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 12, 2010report abuse
A gem and a song I play fairly often, I also like the MDQ version too which is more gutsy.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 31, 2009report abuse
One of my favorite songs ever from Elvis from my favorite LP. As good as anything he ever did. Could have been a smash number 1. This is as good as it gets.

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