Playing for Keeps

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Words & Music: Stanley A. Kesler
I'm playin' for keeps
This time it's real
And I want you to know
Exactly how I feel
I'm playin' for keeps
I'm sure this time
And I won't be happy
Until I know you're mine

There have been others
That could love me true
But no one else can thrill me like you do
I'm playin' for keeps
Oh love me too
Oh, don't make me sorry
That I fell in love with you

There have been others
That could love me true
But no one else can thrill me like you do
I'm playin' for keeps
Oh love me too
Oh, don't make me sorry
That I fell in love with you
Recorded: 1956/09/01, first released on single

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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2013report abuse
The A-side was Too much as mentioned before and not All shook up. He made great ballads in the fifties, sixties & seventies. This is not one of his best, but still a good one. The double-bass is awsome.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 9, 2013report abuse
I too generally prefer the later ballads other than the 50's classics like Young and Beautiful, Love Me Tender etc.
This number is not one of my favourites and was dwarfed by the A side All Shook Up. I never ever skip it but it doesn't do a lot for me.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
This is such a spectacular song and very underrated and overlooked too.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2012report abuse
Instant classic!
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2012report abuse
I think the Elvis ballads had more soul to them in the 50's. There is a youthful yearning in his voice in a song such as this and others like Love Me, Don't, Is It So Stange, etc. Just a more natural emotion. I felt the 70's ballads were a bit oversung in comparison and the material overall not as good. 5 stars here.
Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2012report abuse
Very good.But i like the 70's ballads better.There is a Elvis for everybody.
4 stars.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2012report abuse
Elvis ballads from the 50's and early 60's were the best of his career. Simple arrangements and well sung, not over the top in either category. This is a prime example.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2010report abuse
Another underrated gem in the Elvis' 50's catalog of songs. The flipside of "Too Much", this ballad shows Elvis pouring his heart into the words and delivering it like no one else could. Much better than than most of the ballads that found their way onto his 2nd album and very similar to "Love Me", but a bit less commercial.
MJB63 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
A great ballad from the early years...fine singing.