Suspicion

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Words & Music: Doc Pomus/ Mort Shuman
Ev'rytime you kiss me
I’m still not certain that you love me
Ev'ry time you hold me
I’m still not certain that you care
Though you keep on saying
you really, really, really love me
do you speak the same words
To someone else when I’m not there

Suspicion torments my heart
Suspicion keeps us apart
Suspicion why torture me

Ev'rytime you call me
and tell me we should meet tomorrow
I can't help but think that
you're meeting someone else tonight
Why should our romance just
keep on causing me such sorrow?
Why am I so doubtful
whenever you're out of sight?

Darling, if you love me,
I beg you wait a little longer
Wait until I drive all
these foolish fears out of my mind
How I hope and pray that
our love will keep on growing stronger
Maybe I’m suspicious
'cause true love is so hard to find
Recorded: 1961/03/19, first released on Pot Luck

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Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 21, 2014report abuse
A good song among many on the "Pot Luck" album released back in 1962. With the exception of "Steppin' Out Of Line", a soundtrack reject from a certain movie released in 1961, "Blue Hawaii", I agree in hindsight, that there were better tunes which could have been inserted on this album like "I Met Her Today" but as stated below, could've, should've, would've… It is in the past… Move on.
shawnrw (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 21, 2013report abuse
This song has always been proof to me that RCA dropped the ball with Elvis time and again. Elvis records it first and nails it, but it is never released as a single. One hit wonder Terry Stafford does a vocal inflection for vocal inflection copy of it and gets a top five hit. RCA constantly screwed up and cost Elvis and themselves hit records with the choices they made. Further proof, Elvis's version was a huge hit in England. Superb kind of Pop/Soft Rocker, RCA should be ashamed.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 29, 2013report abuse
Great song, Great performance. Elvis should have released this song, as a single, before Terry Stafford got the job done. Both guys do a great vocal on this song. But then again, Terry copied the Elvis' vocal style, note by note. However, I like How Terry picked up the tempo a bit and added the backup singers. Both versions are real, real good. I never skip this song when it comes on.
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 28, 2013report abuse
There were many lean periods in the late 1960s when gems like this could have been put out s singles(we in the UK finally got it in the 1970s) A great song covered by Terry Stafford in the Presley style, RCA missed a great opportunity for a world wide smash hit .
alanfalk (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 28, 2013report abuse
Great song, and another one that people who only knows him for his #1 hit collections should be exposed to. For every song he brought to #1 there are (at least) 3 just as good songs in his catalog. So many things play a role in having a #1 hit; it has to have been released as a single, get the right promotion and come at the right time. Oh jaa, don't forget, Never have two great tracks on one single (Hound dog/Don't be cruel). I first heard this on Elvis Danish Single hits back in 1990, the album sold really well (it went gold), which show what a little promotion can do. I especially love the line "..Why torture me".
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 28, 2013report abuse
This is such a spectacular song and Elvis' rendition of it should definitely be far better known than it actually is. It's the best song from "Pot Luck" for sure.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 10, 2013report abuse
Great track with amazing vocals by the King.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 8, 2012report abuse
Brilliant song, brilliantly sung with the Latin type Elvis voice with which he excelled. Found its way somewhere onto many playlists I have created and as stated was a missed opportunity for a global smash. It still broke into a few top ten charts in Europe in the 60's and belatedly the top ten in the UK in the 70's.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2011report abuse
Without a doubt, one of the best songs that Elvis Presley, recorded in the 60s. Terry Stafford thought so, too ! He sped up the music, abit, and sang it in Elvis' vocal style and added some great backing vocals and took the song, to number 1. RCA was too late in releasing Elvis' Version as a single.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2011report abuse
This is a great recording of our man and should have been a hit single. Best recording of the March 1962 session together with She's not you and Just tell her Jim said hello. I think this was the last great recording session before the How great thou art sessions in 1966.
Andy_2 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2011report abuse
Great song and way ahead of anything released at the time. How can anyone possibly prefer Terry Staffords version even if your not an Elvis fan. his was old fashioned even for the time. Another hit single missed.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2011report abuse
One of Doc's & Mort's best. How was this not a single over the boring She's Not You? This is his best recording from these sessions by far. Innovative & fresh compared to the others.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 17, 2011report abuse
another missed opertunity,if released in britain at the time would have been a huge hit,incidently it reached the top ten in 1976.five star performance.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2010report abuse
a very overrated track from the "Pot Luck" LP. No where near as good as either side of the single ("She's Not You" and "Just Tell Her Jim Said Hello") which was pulled from the March 1962 recordings sessions. "Pot Luck" is not one of my favorite LP's, but I prefer "Something Blue", "Easy Question", "Steppin' Out Of Line", "I'm Yours", "That's Someone You Never Forget" and "I Feel That I've Know You Forever" more than this one. Good, but nothing spectacular, 3 stars.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 19, 2009report abuse
Most Elvis fans would agree that Suspicion is one of Elvis' all time great recordings. However, concerning having his hand on the "pulse of the day" and resorting to "mediocre b-musicals", his career looks strangely familiar to another great artist of our time, Sinatra. Everyone knows Sinatra was the one who brought attention to pop music by the way he emphasized the lyrics, how he believed in good lyrics & emphasized good music in general. However, take a look at the musicals he did when he first came on the Hollywood scene. Today they are classics although some would still label them B-musicals because, let's face it, they were the standard, run of the mill musical of that era with some of the most stupid songs one has ever heard. I am sure Sinatra didn't care singing those songs any more than Elvis did in his day but (1) it was a job (2) it was money (3) it was a contract & all the other blah that is discussed to death. Whether or not you are a Sinatra fan, take a look at some of those movies & listen to the songs. They made people happy back then but they were certainly no epic musicals.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2009report abuse
Of course it should have been a single as it was in Denmark by the way. But at that time there were so many fantastic songs, and good for good ole Terry that he got himself a hit song. Today people like him and Twitty are called impersonators.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2009report abuse
Simply beautiful! Elvis' early 60's voice could do no wrong! Would have been a smash if released as a single back then!
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2009report abuse
A very nice song for Pomus and Shuman perfect for Elvis's voice. But because of the arrangement I have to admit that I prefer Terry Stafford's version.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2009report abuse
By far the best song on Pot Luck and possibly the best song from those early 60's Nashville sessions (not including Elvis IS Back). Would have been a monster hit single in the summer of 62 if released.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 22, 2008report abuse
Absolutely one of his greatest songs! I think everyone agrees about this particular tune. As for the FANatics, leave them alone. They are not anyone's problem.
EPFO (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2008report abuse
What a great song it is ! Marvellous, that's the real Elvis. The outtakes from the Pot Luck FTD are FANTASTIC. Thanks Elvis and the musicians for this gem and the others who came by the incredible Nashville sound from the 60's...
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2008report abuse
This is one among many Elvis performances I never get tired of! Sometimes I actually sit down in my easy chair, turn up the volume and play this one over and over! Along with Memphis Tennessee this is one of those "shouldhavebeenhits"! Love it!
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2008report abuse
The Elvis Legacy is fabulous as it is. And this one of the gems. High on my regular list!
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2008report abuse
great tune, beautifully sung by our man.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2008report abuse
There's way too much woulda/coulda/shoulda concerning Elvis and his career here and on all other boards like this. It's over. It's history (for better or worse). Let it go! Take a step back. Take a deep breath and just enjoy what he left us instead of always bemoaning what might have been. It's a waste of time. For years I read about the Elvis FAN(atic). Since I wasn't one, and I didn't know any I didn't think they existed. Boy was I wrong! Yes, this is a great song/ performance. No arguably about it. 5 stars!
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2008report abuse
There's that certain sincerety in all these early 60's recordings. Suspicion is a fine example of his new stylistic approaches. A matured artist entering new fields. Unfortunately this was not to last for long anymore. Presley had his hand on the pulse of his days with this one. All too soon he would degenerate to a shadow of his own, caught in mediocre b-musicals.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 21, 2008report abuse
Arguably one of the best recordings Elvis ever made. Another example of a missed opportunity by RCA by not releasing it in the 1960s as a single, when Elvis needed a big hit. Here in the UK we finally saw the song as a top ten hit in 1976.

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