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How's the World Treating You?

4.3 / 5

Words & Music: Chet Atkins Boudleaux Bryant

I've had nothing but sorrow
Since you said we were through
There's no hope for tomorrow
How's the world treating you?

Every sweet thing that mattered
Has been broken in two
All my dreams have been shattered
How's the world treating you?

Got no plans for next Sunday
Got no plans for today
Every day is blue Monday
Every day you're away
Every sweet thing that mattered
How's the world treating you?
And I’m asking you darling
How's the world treating you?

Recordingdate: 1956/09/01, first released on: Elvis (album)


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Steve V wrote on June 03, 2009
One of my favorite ballads. Listen to the mood that is set in this song. Haunting. Always brings me back to the 50'and the young soulful Elvis when I hear it. Outstanding track.
old shep wrote on December 10, 2009
You will discover many versions of this poignant ballad among the racks of any good record shop offering a varied selection of country music. Elvis' version was the first I ever heard on the album which was to become one of my all time favourites.
Deano1 wrote on December 10, 2009
A rather dull, dreary ballad from Elvis' second album (Elvis - 1956). Not a bad track, but album filler and nothing more. The song tries to be haunting, but comes across a little amateurish and does not rank with his best ballads of the 50's ("Don't", "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", "I Was the One", "Playing For Keeps", etc). I will give it 3 stars, but it would actually be closer to 2 1/2 stars.
derekd wrote on December 10, 2009
Not the norm Elvis type song in 1956, but with all the rock 'n roll he was doing it was was nice to sit, relax & listen to an Elvis ballad for a change. I wonder did Elvis think of trying an upbeat tempo with this number as he had done with a few 'Sun' recordings?
Rob Wanders wrote on December 10, 2009
beuatiful, with such a blue feeling in it. One of his best from the 50's.
dgirl wrote on March 23, 2011
Soulful and sung so full of young emotion. One of my favorite 50's ballads. Simple & beautiful.
Steve Morse wrote on June 28, 2012
A candidate for the title of saddest, most desolate-sounding song/performance of Elvis's career. The recording is superb in every respect. For me, it's indelibly twinned with "How Do You Think I Feel?", as on that second album.
TCB1974 wrote on June 28, 2012
Elvis was not yet a really good ballad singer in '56 and this is another one that underlines that view. The early sixties is the ultimate period for good ballads. Three stars for this one.
Gorse wrote on January 09, 2013
A lovely tender ballad that he sings with a soulful feeling, and although different, somehow reminds me of I'm Counting on You. Not the strongest track by any means on a great album, it does favourably compliment the more raucous numbers - 4 stars.
sugartummy wrote on March 08, 2013
Beautiful. Chet Atkins & Elvis didn't get along, but still Elvis did this one. He must've really liked it.
Cruiser621 wrote on April 07, 2013
One of his better ballads, although back in 1956, I was more inclined to favor his rock songs included on his second album, "Elvis" where this first appeared; although for me, as a kid, I first heard it on the 45 RPM extended play record "Strictly Elvis". A country classic!
ElvisSacramento wrote on May 20, 2013
This is such a spectacular ballad and Elvis' rendition of it was brilliant and Elvis' rendition of it should be far better known than it actually is too. I love all of Elvis' music from the 1950's and I love all of Elvis' recordings from the 1950's too. The best era of Elvis' career will definitely always be the 1950's.
cookingfat wrote on May 20, 2013
A unique track from a unique album,I've heard many versions of the song but Elvis' is still the best
In-A-Flash wrote on May 20, 2013
Nice performance but our man would have done better on this one a few years later and it is not amongst the best from his second album, such as the great and bluesy Anyplace Is Paradise. Three stars for this one.
Natha wrote on November 03, 2014
Lovely tender ballad sung by the evenso tender Elvis. The combination of the two makes this recording as wonderful as it is. Indeed his voice became better over the years for ballads, but this has its own merit. A young man singing such a song is just great. It gives it the fitting youth dimension. Luckily he sung ballads all through his career as this reflects this human sentiment in the lives of young and old.
jwedwards835 wrote on November 03, 2014
A instant classic! I give it the same amount of stars that are in the heavens.
TheMemphisFan wrote on August 03, 2015
5 Stars! One of Elvis' best blue-mood recordings of his entire career. Ranks alongside other recordings such as That's When Your Heartaches Begin, Are You Lonesome Tonight (take 2), Give Me The Right, I Need Somebody To Lean On, Indescribably Blue, etc.
JerryNodak wrote on March 18, 2019
It's on my take it or leave it list. Depends on my mood. 3 stars.
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