Return to Sender

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Words & Music: Otis Blackwell/ Winfield Scott
I gave a letter to the postman,
he put it his sack.
Bright in early next morning,
he brought my letter back.

She wrote upon it:
Return to sender, address unknown.
No such number, no such zone.
We had a quarrel, a lover's spat
I write I'm sorry but my letter keeps coming back.

So then I dropped it in the mailbox
And sent it special D.
Bright in early next morning
it came right back to me.

She wrote upon it:
Return to sender, address unknown.
No such number, no such zone.

This time I'm gonna take it myself
and put it right in her hand.
And if it comes back the very next day
then I'll understand the writing on it

Return to sender, address unknown.
No such person, no such zone.
Recorded: 1962/03/27, first released on single

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shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 15, 2014report abuse
One of the all-time greats, fun, catchy and just pure energy and Elvis fairly snaps, crackles and pops all the way thru. I just wish Elvis would have included it during his live shows of the 70's, strangely it was allowed to gather dust.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2013report abuse
We owe this one to Parker. When he heard Blackwell perform the song, he said:"That's going in the movie". A later song, Western Union, revisited RTS, but to lesser effect.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 29, 2012report abuse
A classic in the Elvis career that deservedly finds its way on to nearly every hit compilation. Some great lines that always stay in my head after each listen.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 26, 2012report abuse
This is such a marvelous, fun and catchy song and it's the best song from the "Girls! Girls! Girls!" soundtrack album by far. Also, Elvis should have sang this song at many of his concerts instead of just a very few.
TheKing01 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 28, 2012report abuse
This was a great song, considering the lyrics. The music was really catchy which made the song more enjoyable.If you see the music video for this song, you will see that Elvis was really happy as well. It should have been sung live in concerts.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2012report abuse
Good song but really great performance in the movie with the Jackie Wilson style moves! This is definitely not the last good performance from the movies, what to think of Bossa Nova Baby and Viva Las Vegas? Absolutely fantastic and Elvis was no longer an angry young man but instead a very cool gentlemen in 62/63. The quality issues started in my opinion with Kissing Cousins.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2012report abuse
So, was RTS the last of the great recordings of the early 60's or the start of the poor movie sinle releases? Indeed, does anyone recall an Elvis movie single getting to #1 in the US or UK after RTS? I personally like the recording.
Bestoftherest8301 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2012report abuse
Well, he did attempt this live, May? 9, 1976 in Lake Tahoe. It was a pretty poor rendition, he didn't really know the lyrics anymore, but the audience loved it as an of the cuff request, with no rehearsal. The studio is where he should have recorded his new stuff, concerts should have been what the fans wanted and perhaps introduce a couple of new songs. If he feared becoming a relic it was well founded, that's what he became by 1977.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 27, 2012report abuse
It's hard to find anything really wrong with it. It is, pretty much, smooth, flawless pop perfection. But it feels very tame. Good Luck Charm is similar--they are perfect, but I don't feel much emotion from Elvis. The song doesn't ask elvis to do much vocally. No high notes, no big finish...but I still consider it a classic, absolutely. It's just not a classic on the level of Jailhouse Rock or Surrender. But a very fun song! One Broken Heart For Sale is another very similar type of pop song!
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2010report abuse
This song was recorded in 1962 for Elvis' 11th movie "Girls! Girls! Girls!". Elvis and Jordanaires are in top form and produce an absolute classic. This song, though very deserving of a number one position on the chart, spent five weeks at it's peak of #2 in the U.S. (The Four Seasons' "Big Girls Don't Cry" held it out of the top spot). One reason why Elvis did not do this song live (as well of many of his early hits) is because I think he truly feared becoming what Little Richard and Chuck Berry had already become and what Rick Nelson sang about in his 1972 hit "Garden Party", a relic. The Aloha show reveals this very well as he only sings a snipet of "Hound Dog", a quick "Blue Suede Shoes" , a nice updated version of "A Big Hunk O' Love", "Love Me" and of course his closing "Can't Help Falling In Love". Those are the only early year hits he performed that night as he concentrated on more mature and modern songs. I wish we as fans had allowed him to become that performer instead of insisting on giving us a rundown of his early work.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2010report abuse
Another early 60's pop tune perfection. To bad Elvis career was going down with soundtracks as the one that this gem was in.
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2010report abuse
A song that everybody seems to know even non Elvis fans. Scornfully neglected with a hundred more in the concert years.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 3, 2010report abuse
A true classic, but one song I never really cared for. I just don´t like it that much, Elvis did much better songs, even in the movie years.
Bart van Katwijk (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 21, 2010report abuse
I like the music, love the lyrics. Indeed why wasn't it sung more often?
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 2, 2009report abuse
One of the classics and one of the all time top movie songs along with Viva. Everyone knows it. A natural for the 70's concert years. Why oh why was it not part of his show?

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