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First in Line

3.8 / 5

Words & Music: Aaron Schroeder Ben Weisman

When they gave out eyes like diamonds
That would shame the stars that shine
My darlin' my darlin'
You were the first in line
When they gave out lips like honey
That hold a new thrill every time
My darlin' my darlin'
You were the first in line

There may be others
that know you longer
Who pledge their hearts to you
But there's no other
could love you stronger
Any stronger than I do
Don't refuse me, say you'll choose me
I'm yours, oh please be mine
My darlin' say I’m your darlin'
The first, and the last in line

Recordingdate: 1956/09/03, first released on: Elvis (album)


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Steve V wrote on February 06, 2009
Haunting & beautiful 50's ballad by Elvis. One of my favorites from my favorite LP. The young Elvis vocal is something to behold. Maybe a bit too much echo, but hey that was the sound they were going after. Timeless!
JimmyCool wrote on December 10, 2009
I love it! ?
shoesuedeblues wrote on January 14, 2010
One of the very few 1950s songs that I can't listen too. A poor production too.
Michael.W. wrote on September 17, 2010
I love it! It's a classic 50's ballad, sung with so much emotion. Perfect "first love" song! Simple and beautiful!
Deano1 wrote on April 29, 2011
This one just doesn't do anything for me. I find it very dreary as opposed to haunting. Elvis had not yet matured as a ballad singer and this one much like "I Love You Because" is well below Elvis' standards.
old shep wrote on May 14, 2011
It's from one of my all time favourite albums but i find this one a dreary dirge.
dgirl wrote on May 14, 2011
Beautiful melody and beautifully sung. All the ballads were magical on this LP.
Cruiser621 wrote on May 14, 2011
I'd appreciate this song more if there weren't so much reverb covering Elvis' vocals. It's on one of my favorite albums and I like it.
Pieter wrote on October 06, 2011
A sweet 50's love song, love it!
2kisses&3scarfs wrote on December 12, 2011
Love this 1956 song. It's very touching & a little bit haunting. I never get tired of hearing it.
Cruiser621 wrote on July 12, 2012
If it wasn't for the echo/reverb on Elvis' vocal, this song would be even stronger. Very similar to Playing For Keeps, one of my all time favorites.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 28, 2012
This is such a tremendous song and it's one of seventeen songs that Elvis recorded that was written by Aaron Schroeder.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 28, 2012
This is such a tremendous song and it's one of seventeen songs that Elvis recorded that was written by Aaron Schroeder.
Gorse wrote on December 04, 2012
Always have trouble understanding all the words with the reverb, but I see they are listed here so it helps when I am on this page !!! Along with Old Shep I seldom play this track, as it does little for me, and it just about gets 3 stars.
sugartummy wrote on March 05, 2013
Never could understand that first line 'till now. Elvis is singing from the bathroom with a bucket on his head. The band are on the street. Or is the producer deaf? What a terrible sound. A shame.
Pieter wrote on July 18, 2013
TheMemphisFan wrote on February 16, 2014
Terrible sound quality! It sounds like the engineer, Thorne Nogar, accidentally added reverb to the reverb on this one! I'd love to hear this song dry (outtake or master) without all the echo, but sadly that'll never happen. All the other ballads recorded at these sessions (September 1, 2, 3, 1956) sound much better... especially "Playing For Keeps".
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 17, 2016
This ballad is a true gem and Elvis' rendition of it was stellar. The other sixteen songs that Elvis recorded that were co-written by Aaron Schroeder were "A Big Hunk O' Love", "Any Way You Want Me (That's How I Will Be)", "Apron Strings", "Dixieland Rock", "Don't Leave Me Now", "Good Luck Charm", "Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do", "I Got Stung", "I Was The One", "In Your Arms", "It's Now Or Never", "Santa, Bring My Baby Back (To Me)", "Shoppin' Around", "Stuck On You", "Young And Beautiful" and "Young Dreams".
atomic powered poste wrote on November 06, 2018
The production isn't very good on this one, elvis doesn't sound to convincing either. Not terrible, but like most ballads from the 50's not among his best work. One of the weaker tracks on an overall great lp. 2 stars.
JerryNodak wrote on February 13, 2019
It's on my take it or leave it list. Over the years I've probably left it more times than not. I love Elvis the ballad singer, but this one just doesn't grab me. Too much reverb/echo. 2 stars.
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