I Need Somebody to Lean On

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Words & Music: Doc Pomus/ Mort Shuman
I need somebody to lean on
I need somebody to tell my troubles to
No use denying, I'm close to cryin'
But what good, tell me what good would my crying do

I need somebody to help me
Help me forget all those worries on my mind
And when I'm lonely, if someone would only
Want to be sweet and kind

I need somebody, won't that somebody
Please, please listen to my plea
Need that somebody, won't that somebody
Come running to me

I need somebody to lean on
I'm tired of being unhappy and so blue
If she came I would hold her 'cause I need that shoulder
To lean on, yes I really do
I need somebody, and maybe that somebody is you
Recorded: 1963/07/10, first released on EP


Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on May 1, 2017report abuse
This is definitely a 5-star song and one heck of a ballad to boot. I could never understand why RCA never released a soundtrack album as to "Viva Las Vegas"; there certainly were enough songs to warrant one. Excellent ballad.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 16, 2013report abuse
Right from the beginning you're dragged into the song. It has a jazzy feel that suits the song well.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 14, 2013report abuse
This is such a magnificent and underrated ballad and it should definitely be much better known than it actually is. I love every song from the "Viva Las Vegas" recording sessions.
marty (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 12, 2013report abuse
One of the best ballads from his soundtrack years. I really love this song. Amazingly it is relatively unknown outside the fans. Wish he did more songs like that in the mid sixties...
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2013report abuse
Smooth as silk and like cut glass this is a real classy number from a very entertaining film. In the 'Fever' mould it has that same smoky nightclub feel, and Elvis on top vocal form.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2009report abuse
One of my all-time fav Elvis ballads. This is very much in the same mold as Sinatra's "One For My Baby (and one more for the road)". I wish Elvis would have done a few more of those kinds of songs. Very atmospheric, sung just perfectly by Elvis. There is a saxaphone playing in the movie version, and I had hoped when FTD put out their "Viva Las Vegas" cd that version would be included. But it wasn't. Either way, this is a great track!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2009report abuse
Great song. Great scene. 5 stars.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2009report abuse
A very good ballad from the 1964 movie "Viva Las Vegas". Elvis sings the sad and lonely lyrics as if he is feeling every word (you would swear he is "close to cryin" in parts of the song). It still amazes me to this day that one of Elvis' finest musicals (along with "King Creole", "G.I. Blues" and "Blue Hawaii") did not have a soundtrack LP. Why wasn't "Kissin' Cousins" the movie with just an extended play? A "Viva Las Vegas" album would have probably been a #1 LP for several weeks in the Summer of 1964 (heck the next movie soundtrack "Roustabout" hit #1 and it did not have nearly as good of material) and been the gigantic LP that he needed to compete with The Beatles.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2009report abuse
I guess the movie Viva Las Vegas was meant to hold the 2 best Elvis movie ballads, the other being "Today, tomorrow and forever"...not to mention that I also love "Santa Lucia". I need somebody to lean on sounds absolutely amazing, even in the 21st century.
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2009
Invisible because there was a reaction to someone else
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2009report abuse
One of the best movie ballads ever. The scene in the movie is just how you picture it when you listen to the record. For once they got it right. Great song, a scene that was not just thrown in for a song, and a mood perfectly captured. Aces songwriting team as well.
MJB63 (profilecontact) wrote on May 20, 2009report abuse
I was a young elvis fan in the late 70's and i bought the "I Got Lucky" album and discovered this song.Always love hearing it.And the way it was presented in "Viva Las Vegas" was perfect. Great lyrics and a classic performance.

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