Summer Kisses, Winter Tears

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Words & Music: Wise/ Weisman/ Lloyd
Summer kisses, Winter tears
That was what she gave to me
Never thought that I'd travel all alone
The trail of memories

Happy hours, lonely years
But I guess I can't complain
For I still recall the Summer sun
Through all the Winter rain

The fire of love, the fire of love
Can burn from afar
And nothing can light the dark of the night
Like a falling star
Summer kisses, Winter tears
Like the stars they fade away
Leaving me to spend my lonely nights
With dreams of yesterday

The fire of love, the fire of love
Can burn from afar
And nothing can light the dark of the night
Like a falling star
Summer kisses, Winter tears
Like the stars they fade away
Leaving me to spend my lonely nights
With dreams of yesterday

Leaving me to spend my lonely nights
With dreams of yesterday
Summer kisses, Winter tears
Recorded: 1960/08/08, first released on EP

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dcrook80 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 4, 2014report abuse
One of the great movie songs before they started to go downhill.
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on May 15, 2014report abuse
I believe this song had hit single written all over it, instead of being buried on the "Flaming Star: ep and then five years later on the everything but the kitchen sink album, "Elvis For Everyone" Better treatment could have made this lovely, aching ballad a smash. Thanks again RCA.
Bestoftherest8301 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 12, 2013report abuse
Surely a song he could have sung live in the '70's concerts, so many missed opportunities... sigh!
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 12, 2013report abuse
A long awaited track issued a few years after the movie on a now rare album.Pleasant ballad typical of the quality of songs and performance around that period
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 13, 2013report abuse
Take 2 on Close up lacks the haunting guitar intro. All the vocals sound much better on the master take. I like this beautifully sung song.
kink56 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 13, 2013report abuse
Great song. It was also featured in the Wim Wender's movie "Until The End Of The World" by both Elvis and by Julee Cruise.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2013report abuse
Beautiful tune, unusual backing arrangement, sung by Elvis with that magnificent tender ballad voice. Crap this is certainly not and the ballad Elvis gives the rocking Elvis one helluva race.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2012report abuse
I like this song, and I think it's a beautiful delivery from Elvis. I especially love take 2 of this one, as found on Close Up.
Check that version out! No crap at all imo!
LonElvis (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 24, 2012report abuse
I very enjoyable song that has a nice subtle old west vibe to it. And a hint of mystery. I always enjoyed it on Elvis for Everyone. Four stars in my book.
john804 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2012
Invisible because there was a reaction to someone else
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2012
Invisible because there was a reaction to someone else
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2012report abuse
Its a nice song and very well sung, but I am glad it was cut out of the movie along with Britches. It would not have fit very well.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2012report abuse
How can anyone not like this? The vocal is perfect, and the song is beautiful. Very catchy.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2012report abuse
I love the song, the tune and the Native American feel that the whole song emits. One of the strongest film track ballads that he recorded.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 23, 2012report abuse
This is such an excellent song and it's easily one of my most favorite Elvis movie songs from the 1960's. It's such a shame that the scene when Elvis sang this song was deleted from the movie "Flaming Star". Unfortunately, that footage probably no longer exists.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 3, 2010report abuse
A solid ballad recorded for, but not used in the movie "Flaming Star". The original version which found it's way on to the EP "Elvis, By Request" in 1961 is well performed and quite nice. The movie version (released years after his death) that was cut from the movie suffers from horrible "Native American" drums and a very odd pace. In the original print that was shown to select audiences, the scene where he sings this song was included and the audience started laughing. Elvis sang it at an Indian camp during a very dramatic part of the movie and it wasn't meant to get laughs. This scene and the "Britches" scene were both removed when the movie was released to the masses.
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 9, 2008report abuse
A quality ballad, but it's a pity - like most of the movie soundtracks - it suffers from bad production. The fact that this rather obscure Elvis song stood the test of time, can be found in the beautiful version Julee Cruise recorded almost forty years later.
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 9, 2008report abuse
I believe that had there been more creative minded people in Elvis' career back in the mid 1960s songs like "Summer Kissis, Winter Tears" as well as songs and movies like "Viva Las Vegas" could've been alot bigger than they were. The case being when "A Little Less Conversation" 2002, "Rubbernecking" 2003, "That's All Right" 2004 and "Heartbreak Hotel" 2006 were released with little marketing they became number one on the Billboard charts. The marketing people at RCA were so small minded back then.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 9, 2008report abuse
Such a sweet song! Elvis was never shy to record different styles. So even in the early sixties he expanded his range. As if he began to expand his realm. The King of Rck 'n' Roll growng into the King of music.
marty (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2008report abuse
One of the better 'movie' songs from the King. A beautiful ballad worthy of our man. Too bad the quality of the 'movie' songs wasn't maintained in the years to come.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2008report abuse
very pretty song, beautifully sung by our man.
Jesse Garon Presley (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2008report abuse
such an awesome song... his voice so amazingly beautiful in this song..so i will "ear" this
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2008report abuse
We had to wait until 1965 for this particular song to be released on the now rare Flaming Star & Summer Kisses album.( RCA black label, with red dot) I think the song was well worth waiting for. A pleasant ballad with a good Elvis vocal
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2008report abuse
Beautiful, haunting, poetic, sad. I agree completely, OtisBlue22. Personally, I prefer the crooner over the rocker.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 23, 2008report abuse
Never ear this! A disturbing option for an Elvis song early in 1960! How is it possible to record such a crap like this, after the “Elvis is Back” sessions? In only a matter of months Elvis would loose completely his way, only to become an Hollywood Crooner instead of the King of Rock and Roll!
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on May 12, 2008report abuse
Beautiful, haunting, poetic, sad. I love "the mad professor" Ben Weisman. His songs take you in directions you don't expect and I'm just glad his association with Elvis lasted as long as it did. The line "With dreams of yesterday" reminded me of McCartney's song, and I know which one I prefer.

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