Puppet on a String

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Words & Music: Sid Tepper/ Roy C. Bennett
Every time you look at me
I,m as helpless as can be
I become a puppet on a string
You can do 'most anything to me

All you do is touch my hand
And your wish is my command
I become a puppet on a string
You can do 'most anything to me

If you really love me
Darling please be kind
I offer you the truest love
That you will ever find

Take my heart and please be fair
Handle it with loving care
For I'm just a puppet on a string
You can do 'most anything to me

If you really love me
Darling please be kind
I offer you the truest love
That you will ever find

Take my heart and please be fair
Handle it with loving care
For I'm just a puppet on a string
You can do 'most anything to me
You can do 'most anything to me
Recorded: 1964/06/10, first released on Girl Happy

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 19, 2014report abuse
Beautifully performed ballad, and Floyd Crammer is at his best. A good size hit single although released long after the soundtrack album. Another RCA blunder. Nevertheless, a gem hidden among the weeds.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 26, 2013report abuse
Nice piano work on this by Floyd Cramer, but Elvis' singing is even better.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 8, 2013report abuse
Never liked it. 1965 should have seen much better single material than this.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 8, 2013report abuse
I always found the film to be much better than listening to the songs when transferred to vinyl. The recordings were too flat and that impacts this song. Add echo and it gets better but I would not put this pleasant tune in the top 15 film ballads of his 60's output.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 8, 2013report abuse
This is one of the many great movie ballads from the 60s ; Sand castles, This is my Heaven, So Close yet so far (from Paradise), Please Dont stop loveing me ,Tender Feelings and Pocket full of rainbows , comes to mind but there are several others that also deserves 4-5 stars.
jeter (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2012report abuse
Beautifully sung by Elvis, one of my favorite ballads from the 1960s
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2012report abuse
One of the better movie ballads from the best movie from the mid-sixties. Should have been top-10 hit with right timing and promotion. Four stars from me.
Elvis Rimes (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2012report abuse
Tenderly delivered by the king and a big favourite of mine for a number of years
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 27, 2012report abuse
This is such a marvelous ballad and it should have been a major hit for Elvis on the charts here in the United States too. Also, it's the best song from the movie "Girl Happy" for sure.
Dr. Elvis Eyes (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 29, 2010report abuse
This was definitely the song that should have first been released as the single! Not the hideous Do the Clam. I believe it would have gone Number 1 if it was released with good timing for the movie.
But RCA wanted a dance number to capitalize on other popular dance songs like the Twist, Peppermint Twist, Hand Jive, Mashed Potato etc. Unfortunately, it was a bad song and a worse dance. Puppet on a String could have been another Can't Help Falling in Love. Another lost opportunity
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 20, 2010report abuse
One of Elvis' best movie ballads and there were a bunch of really good ones. This one comes from the movie "Girl Happy" and it is actually featured twice in the movie. The soundtrack LP was released in early April of '65 and this song was so strong (and the material from "Harum Scarum" so weak), it was released as a single in November and hit an impressive #14 on the U.S. pop chart and #3 on the easy listening chart.
Lex (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 17, 2009report abuse
Not the best thing he did, but a pleasant catchy tune.

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