You're the Boss

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Words & Music: Jerry Leiber/ Mike Stoller
When it comes twistin' I just got to keep insistin'
Oh baby .... you sure do swing

When it comes twistin' I just got to keep insistin'
Oh daddy hey, you are the king

Baby you got me beat up and down inside out and across
Oh yeah!

But in the middle of the night when the moon is shining bright
Ah! You're the boss

Hey talkin 'bout the days when we ended down the hall romancin'
Big daddy Hey! You make the scene

Hey talkin' 'bout dancin' and down on romancin'
Oh now baby, you are the queen

Oh when push comes to shove, when it comes down to love
You're a horse

Oh yeah! but in the middle of the night when the moon is shining bright
Baby, you're the boss

You're the best of everything
You're a peach, you're a plum
You're a diamond, you're a pearl
You're the best of everything
Ahh daddy you're my man

Baby you're my girl
Now when it comes to knowin' which way the wind is blowin'
Now baby, you sure are wise

Yeah! When it comes to knowin' which way the wind is blowin'
Oh daddy, you take the prize

Baby you're a genius when it comes to cooking up some chili sauce
Oh yeah!

Oh but in the middle of the night when the moon is shining bright
Ahh, you're the boss

You're the boss
You're the boss
You're the boss

But in the middle of the night when the moon is shining bright
Ahh, you're the boss
You're the boss
You're the boss
Baby You're the boss
Tell me 'bout it baby
Recorded: 1963/07/11, first released on Elvis Sings Leiber & Stoller


Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Nov 9, 2014report abuse
One of those songs fitting a scene in a movie, just like many other movie songs. Not to be taken seriously. The only difference is that here is a duet. Wish they had picked one with a better voice for Elvis to sing with.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 3, 2013report abuse
Leiber & Stoller were delighted when this one turned up. They didn't know Elvis recorded it. A great duet. The organ is played by Calvin Jackson.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 14, 2013report abuse
No doubt, in my mind, the film, "Viva Las Vegas" should have, had, a "full length album soundtrack" with bonus songs, (songs cut from the final print of the film). "Your the boss", is one of those songs, cut from the film, (among others) and it's a real fun song and should have stayed in the movie. Elvis and Ann Margret, sing it perfectly, and it would have been a "highlight" of the film. And of note, even though it wasn't one of Elvis best movies, Elvis' energy, didn't disappear on his next Movie soundtrack for "Kissin' Cousins", (as suggested). Regardless of the weaker material, Elvis sounds, very energetic, on songs like "Kissin Cousins 1 & 2" and "Smokey Mountain boy" and "Once is Enough", etc. and the soundtrack featured some great bonus tracks like "Echos of Love".
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 18, 2013report abuse
Should have been in the movie and there should have been a soundtrack LP. Fun, sexy and a missed opportunity by RCA and MGM. If the LP "Roustabout" could hit #1 in the fall of '64, this soundtrack would have been a smash hit. An LP would have helped the single and perhaps, just perhaps it would have encouraged Elvis to compete against the Beatles. It is funny how energetic Elvis sounds during this recording session and how that energy had almost disappeared in his next soundtrack session "Kissin' Cousins".
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2013report abuse
I loved the film which I consider on an entertainment level on a par with nearly all of his screen output and I like most of the songs including this one. Yes another error made by not being included in the film, it has the added bonus of being one of those rare duets with a female vamp. - 4 stars from me.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Jan 17, 2013report abuse
This is such an excellent, fun and underrated song and it's such a shame that it wasn't included in the movie "Viva Las Vegas". RCA made such a dreadful decision by not releasing a "Viva Las Vegas" soundtrack album back then. I believe that a "Viva Las Vegas" soundtrack album would have sold very well and I love every song from the "Viva Las Vegas" recording sessions.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 23, 2009report abuse
This is a GREAT one! Hot has been the prevailing comment on here, and I could not agree more. Elvis sounds better here than he did years earlier when he sang "Fever" though both songs are in the same vein. This is one of the tracks I can pull out and play for people who claim not to like Elvis and they are just shocked that this is Elvis. I'd say this was the best duet he ever did, easily.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 23, 2009report abuse
As Grulanick writes, there was a lot going on between them in the desert out there. One can note that in every song in the movie were AM is present. Just a guess: Could she have turned out to be Presleys type of a June Carter concerning his problem with the pills. Anyone? The song is one of the most sensual ones he did. In one line with fever and such a night, but this one peaks both.
Deke Rivers 6 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 23, 2009report abuse
Good song & not a bad film either.Love the organ on this.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on May 1, 2009report abuse
Fabulous. Just goes to show how RCA blew it by not releasing a soundtrack LP on this movie which would have been the best & most hip of all the 60's soundtracks. A GREAT Lavern Baker classic by a great songwriting team done so well by Elvis & AM. Did you ever hear Elvis sound more come hither than this? How anyone can call this medicore is beyond me!
RonBaker (profilecontact) wrote on May 1, 2009report abuse
A terrific remake of the Lavern Baker/Jimmy Ricks recording. This one really sizzles. If it had been released when it was recorded, it would have--no doubt in my mind--been a #1 classic. It is NOT a mediocre song and it wasn't even in the movie. Someone needs to do some research.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 30, 2009report abuse
I prefer watching Ann Margret than listening to her...
Swen (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 30, 2009report abuse
Just amazing that this was written by the great Leiber and Stoller?? Can´t win them all, I guess. The movie was all right though.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 30, 2009report abuse
A very mediocre song from an equally mediocre film.
Pedro Nuno (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 20, 2008report abuse
Always loved the take released in the 1991 Box Collector Gold, by far, the best of all. A hot duet, with suggestive lyrics and more suggestive moans in the final... The “tell me about it “and the faded “Talk to me baby” by Ann Margret, and the “aahhh” from the King makes the temperature rise. You can feel a real chemistry between them. What a recording session it must have been!
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on May 6, 2008report abuse
If this song was any hotter I'd:
-stay well clear of my CD or MP3 player
-cancel that visit to the sauna
-upgrade my sunblock
I love the pipin' hot organ and the interplay between Ann and Elvis!!

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