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G.I. Blues

Rating:
4.2 / 5

Words & Music: Sid Tepper Roy C. Bennett

They give us a room
with a view of the beautiful Rhine
They give us a room
with a view of the beautiful Rhine
Gimme a muddy old creek
in Texas any old time

I've got those hup, two, three, four
occupation G.I. Blues
From my G.I. hair to the heels of my G.I. shoes
And if I don't go stateside soon
I'm gonna blow my fuse

We get hasenpfeffer
and black pumpernickel for chow
We get hasenpfeffer
and black pumpernickel for chow
I'd blow my next month's pay
for a slice of Texas cow

We'd like to be heroes,
but all we do here is march
We'd like to be heroes,
but all we do here is march
And they don't give the Purple Heart
for a fallen arch

I've got those hup, two, three, four
occupation G.I. Blues
From my G.I. hair to the heels of my G.I. shoes
And if I don't go stateside soon
I'm gonna blow my fuse

The frauleins are pretty as flowers
But we can't make a pass
The frauleins are pretty as flowers
But we can't make a pass
Cause they're all wearin' signs saying:
"Keepen sie off the grass"

I've got those hup, two, three, four
occupation G.I. Blues
From my G.I. hair to the heels of my G.I. shoes
And if I don't go stateside soon
I'm gonna blow my fuse

Recordingdate: 1960/04/27, first released on: G.I. Blues (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of G.I. Blues:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(drums)
(piano)
(accordion)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(tambourine)

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Steve V wrote on January 28, 2009
Yeah I like this song. Movie fluff? Sure but catchy as hell and a pretty good rocker too with Elvis in fine voice. By the mid-60's the movie title tracks were not as good as this one and Elvis didnt sound as into it.
old shep wrote on January 12, 2010
A song I still like after all these years, generally a good soundtrack and film too.
Deano1 wrote on March 09, 2010
The very good title song from Elvis' 5th movie. A nice rock and roll song that shows "Tepper/Bennett" COULD write good songs. Elvis' delivery is perfect and the Jordinaires provide their usual stellar accompaniment. 4 1/2 stars
derekd wrote on November 27, 2010
If only Elvis's movies & soundtracks had stayed as good as this one ( and Blue Hawaii). To me these are the only two Elvis muscials that are worth recalling. At least, between 1960 & 1962 Elvis did a good mix of movies, movie soundtracks, studio albums & most important good singles, Now or never, lonesome tonight, Surrender, good luck charm, his latest flame/little sister & she's not you.
dgirl wrote on November 27, 2010
One of the few Tepper/Bennett winners. Good song, good performance.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on December 30, 2010
Another excellent LP,with a better "Blue Suede Shoes" than the original (Elvis' version).
TBG wrote on December 30, 2010
A great song, imagine if RCA had released this one with Wooden Heart - a sure number one :-) Lot's of nice songs on this album, G.I. Blues, and a few bad ones too. But Elvis is in perfect voice :)
Pedro Nuno wrote on December 30, 2010
Don't say much to me. A lesser soundtrack song when compared with almost all the 50's soundtracks, and a much much inferior album when compared to the milestone in Rock music that was Elvis is Back. But... it sold far more that "Elvis is Back", what shows that the Elvis fans were changing. Rock fans were starting to be a minor part and the crooner and easy listening fans were taking place. Parker saw the way to make more money, and in a couple of years Elvis was far far away from the rock scene, making plenty of room to the so called British Invasion, that only had that magnitude because Elvis had left the rock scene.
Gorse wrote on December 26, 2012
Never gravitated totally towards this song, as it always seemed to be more soundtrack material than vinyl. It is excellent in the film but one of the lesser lights when appearing as part of the G.I. Blues album.
sugartummy wrote on March 07, 2013
Not a great movie track. Surely no rock 'n' roll. Even no blues.
TBG wrote on May 28, 2013
One of the best title songs from a soundtrack in the 60's. I've listened to it a lot, and Elvis does a great job on it.
cookingfat wrote on September 23, 2013
A movie from my childhood which brings back fond memories.It was good to see one of my sons enjoying the film too later.A good soundtrack not keen on Big Boots but it fits in the scene well.As for this this song, perhaps one of my favourite Elvis movie songs.Well written sung and produced.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on September 23, 2013
Good soundtrack apart from this track.....but it fits the film. Wooden Heart is played on gold station's + other's of course.
ElvisSacramento wrote on September 24, 2013
I've always enjoyed this movie title song immensely and I've never skipped it. It's such a fun, terrific, unique and underrated song. I rate this song and Elvis' rendition of it 5 Stars.
shawnrw wrote on January 15, 2014
Sort of wacky and goofy but still full of energy and fun. Well worth listening to. The "GI Blues" film and soundtrack are both well above average, with some occasional great moments.
rai wrote on January 28, 2015
One of the best movies and soundtracks ever. The title song is itself energetic. This song pumps me up with a lot of energy. Just a great song. The opening rhythm with the drum beat is unbelievable.
shoesuedeblues wrote on January 28, 2015
Good film and soundtrack with Elvis on top form with his vocals.Always liked this song and the rest of the album too.
Cruiser621 wrote on January 28, 2015
Excellent song and an excellent overall soundtrack; one of his best in my mind with possibly the exception of the revised "Blue Suede Shoes" which pales in comparison to the original version from 1956.
trudygillenwater wrote on January 28, 2015
A all-time classic!
JerryNodak wrote on June 15, 2019
Not my favorite tune from the soundtrack, but I like it a lot. Good movie rocker. 4 stars.
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