Please Don't Drag that String Around

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Words & Music: Otis Blackwell/ Winfield Scott
You like to keep me dangling on a string
'Cause you know without you my life don't mean a thing

So I beg you
Please don't drag that string around, oh no
Well, what if it should break
Oh, tell me, what would I do then
Keep that string up off the ground
Oh, yeah, remember my heart is tied to the other end

Yes, I’m your puppet, my heart is in your hand
One twist of the wrist and I jump to your command

So I beg you
Please don't drag that string around, oh no
Well, what if it should break
What would I do then
Baby, keep that string up off the ground
Oh, yeah, remember my heart is tied to the other end

I feel inside me, as sure as anything
One day I’ll mean more to you than a puppet on a string

So I beg you
Please don't drag that string around, oh no
Well, what if it should break
Oh, tell me, what would I do then
Keep that string up off the ground
Oh, yeah, remember my heart is tied to the other end
Recorded: 1963/05/26, first released on single

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jwedwards835 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 25, 2014report abuse
A classic!I give it the same amount of stars that are in the heavens.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2013report abuse
A nice rolling little number, that's extremely pleasent to the ear. Sometimes that's all I need.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2013report abuse
Never got into this one completely as I don't think it is great material. Fitted well as a B side as it allowed more airplay to Devil In Disguise, which was sound business at the time.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
This is such a tremendous, catchy, exciting and electrifying song and it should definitely be way better known than it actually is. It's such a fun song to dance along to as well.
freedom101 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2012report abuse
Great pop song!
Biffx (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 24, 2011report abuse
I think this is a marvellous song. Have never played this song without going straight back and playing it over again. There is something about the way Elvis performed this song making it very infectious.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2010report abuse
Just the right song for a 'b' side to a single. Good enough to keep the Elvis fans happy without taking away from the great 'A' side of the single. It would never have been a big hit, but boy it was better than others used on the movie soundtracks around '63 & '64.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2010report abuse
A bouncy rockaballad as they were known in the far distant sixties, a song I quite like.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2010report abuse
It's nothing special, but it's a catchy tune and I've always liked it since I bought the original single back in '63. Oh, how I miss those days when there was actually decent music on the radio.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2010report abuse
Not as strong as some of the other songs recorded around the same time, like Devil In Disguise. I´ve always liked it though, Elvis sings it well and it always seems to put me in a good mood.
TBG (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2010report abuse
I love this song! Too bad it's so short, which is probably why it didn't do that well on the charts. Elvis recorded a lot of great songs during the session that cut "Please Don't.." It's ironic that many of these songs where wasted and used as bonus songs on soundtracks. After all they where far superior to most of the soundtrack material.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 26, 2010report abuse
A good bubbly number which was very typical of Elvis' non soundtrack material around this time.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2010report abuse
Another of the "Return To Sender" type songs recorded by Elvis in '62 and '63. This one was recorded in May of '63 and released that Summer as the flipside of "Devil In Disguise". This is a pretty good track, but it wasn't really strong enough to get airplay. That seemed to be what RCA wanted, a plesant song that wouldn't get in the way of the A-side's chart success. 3 1/2 stars.
Cher (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 2, 2008report abuse
Great song. Okay in all honesty, there are not many Elvis songs that I don't like. He could sing the telephone book to me and I'd be completely and utterly mesmerized. So even if the songs that were recorded during these sessions were not some of Elvis' greatest works according to popular opinion, as always, he gave each song 100% when recording it and they sound mighty good to me now some 45 years later. Amazing.

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