Words & Music:
When we kiss my heart's on fire
Burning with a strange desire
And I know, each time I kiss you
That your heart's on fire too
So, my darling, please surrender
All your love so warm and tender
Let me hold you in my arms, dear
While the moon shines bright above
All the stars will tell the story
Of our love and all its glory
Let us take this night of magic
And make it a night of love
Won't you please surrender to me
Your lips, your arms, your heart, dear
Be mine forever
Be mine tonight
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From the technical standpoint, this is the most difficult song he ever recorded. The finest vocal performance by the greatest vocal performer of all time.
Millie Kirkham's soprano voice shines on this one.
On previous takes Elvis didn't give it all. I think he wanted the musicians to be perfect, before he hit those perfect notes on the master take. Amazing stuff.
Not one of my favorites; probably because it was too close to "It's Now Or Never" as to the sound and projection.
This is such a stellar and fun song and it's my 2nd most favorite Elvis song. It rightfully was a #1 hit for Elvis here in the United States.
I have this on my profile as my favourite song so that says it all from my point of view. Ladies and Gentlemen of the Music Industry finally realised there was more to Elvis Presley than rock, and boy could he sing, yes really sing.
Elvis at his best. 1960 is my favorite studio recording year, even better than 1969.
This is probably the best his voice ever was ,1960-61. It could still rock like the 50's and turn out flawless ballads like this, smooth as silk without being over the top. It was never this versatile again. Great song
Elvis, at full Elvis power ! Amazing performance.
Far too short as is his version of "Hurt", but having said that, Elvis in great voice. I remember playing it to my parent's... mum and dad were fan's also, lovely memeories.
Perfection indeed.5 stars definitely.
Arguably Elvis's finest vocal performance. The whole construction of the arrangement, from the James Bond type opening to the final thrilling note, is perfection. Even more amazing is that Elvis recorded this powerhouse during his delicate-voiced His Hand In Mine sessions. Elvis is reported to have sung this live during at least one of his Memphis charity shows in March 1961, but seemingly never thereafter. Though he sang It's Now Or Never many times, live, I think he lacked the confidence to attempt Surrender, perhaps realising he could not top his 1960 recording.
The title was short, the song was short, but the memories of this recording go on & on & on. Not often i give 5 stars. One of few, one of the best.......
Love it. Elvis at his best.
Now talk about some vocal delivery !
A short but sensational song based on the melody of the Neapolitan ballad, Come Back to Sorrento. which was composed in the 1902 and provided with new lyrics by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman in 1960 for Elvis' single. Making the top spot on the charts in the UK and America.
I'm not at a loss for words here very often, but I can only really think of one word for this one: Perfect.
One of the best vocal peformances of Elvis' career. Smooth as silk in some parts of the song and unbelieveably powerful in other places. The notes he hits at the end of the song on the words "forever" and "tonight" are amazing. His growth as a vocalist, from the song "First In Line" just four years previous to this one, was remarkable.
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