How's the World Treating You?

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Words & Music: Chet Atkins/ Boudleaux Bryant
I've had nothing but sorrow
Since you said we were through
There's no hope for tomorrow
How's the world treating you?
Every sweet thing that mattered
Has been broken in two
All my dreams have been shattered
How's the world treating you?

Got no plans for next Sunday
Got no plans for today
Every day is blue Monday
Every day you're away

Every sweet thing that mattered
How's the world treating you?
And I’m asking you darling
How's the world treating you?
Recorded: 1956/09/01, first released on Elvis


JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 18, 2019report abuse
It's on my take it or leave it list. Depends on my mood. 3 stars.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 3, 2015report abuse
5 Stars! One of Elvis' best blue-mood recordings of his entire career. Ranks alongside other recordings such as That's When Your Heartaches Begin, Are You Lonesome Tonight (take 2), Give Me The Right,
I Need Somebody To Lean On, Indescribably Blue, etc.
jwedwards835 (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 3, 2014report abuse
A instant classic! I give it the same amount of stars that are in the heavens.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 3, 2014report abuse
Lovely tender ballad sung by the evenso tender Elvis. The combination of the two makes this recording as wonderful as it is. Indeed his voice became better over the years for ballads, but this has its own merit. A young man singing such a song is just great. It gives it the fitting youth dimension. Luckily he sung ballads all through his career as this reflects this human sentiment in the lives of young and old.
In-A-Flash (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2013report abuse
Nice performance but our man would have done better on this one a few years later and it is not amongst the best from his second album, such as the great and bluesy Anyplace Is Paradise. Three stars for this one.
cookingfat (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2013report abuse
A unique track from a unique album,I've heard many versions of the song but Elvis' is still the best
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2013report abuse
This is such a spectacular ballad and Elvis' rendition of it was brilliant and Elvis' rendition of it should be far better known than it actually is too. I love all of Elvis' music from the 1950's and I love all of Elvis' recordings from the 1950's too. The best era of Elvis' career will definitely always be the 1950's.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 7, 2013report abuse
One of his better ballads, although back in 1956, I was more inclined to favor his rock songs included on his second album, "Elvis" where this first appeared; although for me, as a kid, I first heard it on the 45 RPM extended play record "Strictly Elvis". A country classic!
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 8, 2013report abuse
Beautiful. Chet Atkins & Elvis didn't get along, but still Elvis did this one. He must've really liked it.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 9, 2013report abuse
A lovely tender ballad that he sings with a soulful feeling, and although different, somehow reminds me of I'm Counting on You. Not the strongest track by any means on a great album, it does favourably compliment the more raucous numbers - 4 stars.
TCB1974 (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 28, 2012report abuse
Elvis was not yet a really good ballad singer in '56 and this is another one that underlines that view. The early sixties is the ultimate period for good ballads. Three stars for this one.
Steve Morse (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 28, 2012report abuse
A candidate for the title of saddest, most desolate-sounding song/performance of Elvis's career. The recording is superb in every respect. For me, it's indelibly twinned with "How Do You Think I Feel?", as on that second album.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 23, 2011report abuse
Soulful and sung so full of young emotion. One of my favorite 50's ballads. Simple & beautiful.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2009report abuse
beuatiful, with such a blue feeling in it. One of his best from the 50's.
derekd (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2009report abuse
Not the norm Elvis type song in 1956, but with all the rock 'n roll he was doing it was was nice to sit, relax & listen to an Elvis ballad for a change. I wonder did Elvis think of trying an upbeat tempo with this number as he had done with a few 'Sun' recordings?
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2009report abuse
A rather dull, dreary ballad from Elvis' second album (Elvis - 1956). Not a bad track, but album filler and nothing more. The song tries to be haunting, but comes across a little amateurish and does not rank with his best ballads of the 50's ("Don't", "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", "I Was the One", "Playing For Keeps", etc). I will give it 3 stars, but it would actually be closer to 2 1/2 stars.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 10, 2009report abuse
You will discover many versions of this poignant ballad among the racks of any good record shop offering a varied selection of country music. Elvis' version was the first I ever heard on the album which was to become one of my all time favourites.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2009report abuse
One of my favorite ballads. Listen to the mood that is set in this song. Haunting. Always brings me back to the 50'and the young soulful Elvis when I hear it. Outstanding track.