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Slowly but Surely

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Words & Music: Sid Wayne/ Ben Weisman
Slowly but surely I'm gonna wear you down
Slowly but surely I'm gonna bring you round
To my way of thinking, my way of kissing, my way of lovin'
Slowly but surely, I'm gonna make you mine

I ain't gonna rush ya', I'll let you meditate
Though I wanna crush ya' my arms will have to wait
I'll just take it easy, so nice and easy, real cool really
Slowly but surely, I'm gonna make you mine

Oh yeah! Mm-mm, I've got a feelin' I'm not wasting my time
Oh yeah! When you get the message it's going to be fine
Slowly but surely, the table's gonna turn
Slowly but surely, your lips are gonna burn
For what you've been missin' is my kind of kissin', my kind of lovin'
Slowly but surely, I'm gonna make you mine

Oh yeah! Mm-mm, I've got a feelin' I'm not wasting my time
Oh yeah! When you get the message it's going to be fine
Slowly but surely, the table's gonna turn
Slowly but surely, your lips are gonna burn
For what you've been missin' is my kind of kissin', my kind of lovin'
Slowly but surely, I'm gonna make you mine
I'm gonna make you mine
I'm gonna make you mine
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Recorded: 1963/05/27, first released on Fun in Acapulco

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bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 20, 2014report abuse
I've always liked this one too! I do not think of it as singles material though. I agree with those who feels Elvis held back a little here. As if the recording never really reached it's final peak. As if he gave up before he was really satisfied! Stilll, I like it as it is!
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 13, 2013report abuse
I've always liked this song immensely and it's always such a joy to sing along to. I enjoy every song from the "Fun in Acapulco" soundtrack album immensely too.
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 12, 2013report abuse
Really nice song, that for some reason reminds me of I slipped, I Stumbled I fell , maybe because of the similar scenes in the two movies. And even though there were a lot of middle of the road tunes between 63-68, there also were some really great tunes and one great Gospel album. Take a look at the Essential 60' Masters Box set at CD 3, those songs are among the best in his catalog .
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 12, 2013report abuse
Typical of many of his songs in the early/mid 60s. Same format with little interest in experimenting with other writers musicians and songs. There was the odd gem now and then but it was a long arduous plod up to 1968/69
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 5, 2013report abuse
I really like the distorted guitarsound, but since there were 4 guitar players on the session, I have no idea who played it. I too think that Elvis could've used his "New Orleans" vocal on this one. It's still good though.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 1, 2013report abuse
I have mixed feelings about this one. The guitar sound is the saviour on this very average song, and as stated Elvis seems to hold back in his delivery. It is however different from most recordings of that time, mostly because of the guitar, and I rarely skip it. - 3 stars
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 20, 2010report abuse
A feel good song. I Love it !!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 20, 2010report abuse
It's not a classic, but I've liked it since I first heard it as a bonus song on the Fun In Acapulco soundtrack back in 1963. Some of you are way too picky. Not every song was going to be or needed to be a classic.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 20, 2010report abuse
I quite like this song but it's far from being a classic. To my ears Elvis sounds a little bored, or maybe just uncommitted and never really lets lose on it.
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2010report abuse
Nice harmonies here. The Jordanaires did right by Elvis!
shoesuedeblues (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2010report abuse
A song i never play which also goes for the album too. A lightweight rockaballad which Elvis seemed to record in abundance in the 1960s.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 17, 2010report abuse
When compared with other recordings around 63 / 64 this is a really good one. SBS along with 'Love me Tonight', the other bonus song on the Lp, are perhaps the best ones on the album. Great guitar sound on the SBS track.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 12, 2010report abuse
A good light rocker that served as a bonus tune on the "Fun In Acapulco" LP. Not really a song that would invite "growling" vocals and Elvis sings it perfectly in a nice smooth voice. 4 stars.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 27, 2009report abuse
no, not my cup of tea. I have never really liked this song, and I´m sure, I never will. Just not interesting enough
Cher (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
One of my favorite songs. Not everything Elvis did has to be intense and growl'y or down and dirty. I think he chose exactly the perfect way to sing this song and present it. He's the lighter voice while the guitar gets the heavy role. I like the flirtatious remark, hadn't considered that before. I know! I know! There isn't an Elvis song I don't like but this truly is one I will play a repeat of sometimes when listening to my player.
Little_Darlin (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
I like this one a lot. I think Elvis sounds flirtatious.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
I like the Guitar in this song. Not bad but not a classic.
KingKreole (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
I like this song, but like a lot of his stuff from this general period, it seems missing the sort of growl that Elvis had in his voice on his earlier rockers. He just sings along the surface of this. He could have easily gone deeper and done a nice down and dirty version of this. It's a lot like the version of "Let Yourself Go" in Speedway. When he did it again for the 68 special, he really dug down into the the song and turned it into something special. This is a song Elvis could have done the same thing with...but didn't. Still, all in all, not a bad track.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
Oh, this is a fun song !! I like it. Great to sing along to !!!
SNAgy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
In contrast with movie songs it seems to be very good but right after Devil in Disguise or Elvis is Back this song is pretty average
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
Very average with Elvis sounding like he is holding back from giving it his all. I guess would have decent for a 1963 studio album track. Other than that, not much else to say.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
Always skip this one like most of "the pieces of art" by these guys. I guess only Tepper/Bennett were even worse. Poor Elvis!
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
A wonderful extra and surprise on a soundtrack album. I like it as there is that particular Elvis treatment. He just knows how to make something out of it in a very own style. I listen to it regularly.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
I could never see this as anything more than an album track on some dismal soundtrack album which I suppose it was.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 19, 2009report abuse
This one actually earns my appreciation and the lyrics sound great with Elvis's voice on it...
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 1, 2009report abuse
Pretty good song that was wasted as a bonus song. I always thought it could have been a single, perhaps a nice follow-up to Devil In Disguise.

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