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You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

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Words & Music: Wickham/ Napier/ Bell/ Donaggio/ Pallavicine
When I said, I needed you
You said you would always stay
It wasn't me who changed, but you
And know you've gone away

Don't you know that now you're gone
And I'm left her on my own
Then I have to follow you
And beg you to come home

You don't have to say you love me
Just be close at hand
You don't have to stay forever
I will understand
Believe me, believe me
I can't help I love you
But believe me, I'll never tie you down

Left alone with just a memory
Life seems dead and so unreal
All that's left is loneliness
There's nothing left to feel
Recorded: 1970/06/06, first released on single

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Great Dane (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 11, 2013report abuse
Although TTWII is one of my all time favorite album, this song is my least favorite on it.
I like the so called rushed versions much better.
And i think if he would have sung this in the 50's i wouldn't like it at all, because he is in a much better voice in the 70's than he was in the 50's.
3 stars studio and 4 for the live version on MSG.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 11, 2013report abuse
Although Elvis' version is very good,Dusty has just got the edge. I think maybe if this song came out in the 50s Elvis' voice back then would have handled it better, he sang some great ballads back then, his voice got very deep in the 70s.
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 11, 2013report abuse
Been a Dusty fan for years and this was one of her best I think.Elvis' version is different but equally as good as the original .
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 11, 2013report abuse
This is such a spectacular and iconic song and my favorite rendition of it is Elvis' studio version from the classic "That's The Way It Is" album. Elvis' studio version of it should definitely be far better known than it actually is.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 8, 2013report abuse
A song I sing very often in every arrangment I can think off. Presley's version is superior to Dusty's. Just to omit the corny opening was a good desicion. And Elvis' voice is so much better then the shrill sound of Dusty.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 22, 2012report abuse
Dusty had a truly magnificent recording, but Elvis produces a great version of his own. Always seemed to sing it well in concert but just lacked the extra Dusty soul feeling. 4 stars from me though as I always enjoy the performance.
Lpool kid (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 1, 2011report abuse
a song that fits elvis perfectly,probably just a shade behind the incredible Dusty Springfield.the best elvis version imho
was from ETTWII.five stars from me.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2011report abuse
A bit over the top and a little too much going on (production wise) , but somehow Elvis and his incredible voice make this a track to remember. It has always been one of my favorites. I find the comparisons to Dusty Springfield's version a little silly. Elvis is my favorite singer so of course I like his version the best. Is Dusty's version the "ultimate" version? I don't know, I will let so-called music critics decide. PS. The song is NOT about a one night stand.
bajo (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 27, 2011report abuse
Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don't. I really don't know what to think of this. I'm surprised it did so well as a single.
I think it's a bit too fast and overproduced. Still, the version that came along on E2 Second to none, somehow made me pay more attention to it. Possibly one of the greatest that I play least.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2009report abuse
I think this was too soon for a single release being only 4 years after Dusty's classic which was identified with her. Patch It Up was a missed oppurtunity for a great A side rocker which was also one of the filmed highlights in TTWII. As for the song itself, it is very good, but I prefer Dutsy's version.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2009report abuse
as with many other songs, the studioversion is, in my opinion, by far superior than the live-versions, who were rushing and only drifting on the fine melody, while in the studioversion Elvis gave also the words attention. Because of the attention for the words, the lyrics got a natural flow (with the accents on the place where it would be if you would just speak the lyrics). That was one of the strongest points of Elvis; if he really wanted it, he could bring a song to a very high level.
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2009report abuse
Like it was written especially for him. Song and singer a perfect match this time. Great performance!
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 30, 2009report abuse
Again, no disrespect to Dusty because she did a nice job, but I never paid much attention to the song until Elvis took it over - rush job or not - and put some guts into it. I guess I need a song to keep me awake.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2009report abuse
Although Dusty's version is the ultimate one,I do enjoy Elvis' version,Slighty rushed as Elvis did with most of his cover's,but still good for all that.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 29, 2009report abuse
Elvis sung it well, no question about it. Great song. If I have to choose, I must say I prefer the Dusty Springfield original. That one is slower and with that beautiful intro as well. Elvis, as he did a lot, rushed it. However, a great recording of a great song
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
Dusty is my fave female singer, & of course Elvis my fave male. Depends on the mood Im in but I enjoy both equally as much. The studio version is superior to the live versions which as always when it comes to concert songs, seems rushed. I saw Elvis sing this at MSG and was a bit disappointed at the arrangement.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
I like the original by Dusty and Elvis' "cover" version equally well. Two singers, two interpetations. I definitely prefer Elvis' studio version over the live versions.
Jerome (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
basically this song is about a one night stand..
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
The studio version is awesome...Elvis at his best !
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
Combine the voice and power of Elvis with lyrics like this and the result is almost divine. I vividly recall the days this one was released and it made a very deep impact on me back then and it still does.
Ton Bruins (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 16, 2008report abuse
Naturally a song that I like very much in the versions of Elvis..We have some fantastic live versions from Las Vegas. Typical song for Elvis' voice.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 28, 2008report abuse
This was a good choice for RCA to put out as a single, even though the Dusty Springfield original would take some beating for quality.Elvis' version was more gutsy than Dusty's and it came out at a time when Elvis could do no wrong in the charts.
ELV75 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 21, 2008report abuse
A great song well sung by Elvis who knows how to build up the performance this kind of melody needs.

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