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I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')

4.0 / 5

Words & Music: Jimmy Wakely

I'll never let you go, little darlin'.
I'm so sorry 'cause I made you cry.
I'll never let you go, 'cause I love you.
So please don't ever say good-bye.

The stars would tumble down beside me,
The moon would hang its head and cry.
My arms would never hold another baby doll
If we should ever say good-bye.

Well, I'll never let you go,
Because I love you, pretty baby.
I'm so sorry 'cause I made you cry.
I made you cry.
Yeah, I'll never let you go,
'Cause I love you, little baby.
So please don't ever say good-bye.

Recordingdate: 1954/09, first released on: Elvis Presley (album)


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Lex wrote on August 06, 2008
The bittersweet start nearly makes the enamel jumping of my teeth and after the tempo change it catches you like hell. How did he come up with it and perform it like this?
JerryNodak wrote on March 08, 2009
It's never made my tooth enamel go crazy, but I like it.
sitdown68 wrote on March 08, 2009
would like to hear an alternate version the way its played in the conclusion of the song, always liked this specific part...but: unlikely that anything will surface
old shep wrote on March 08, 2009
Elvis& Co must have played about with this song and put down a dozen versions. I would love to hear alternate versions. Although I still like to play this one.
Natha wrote on March 08, 2009
This is a very special song. Perfectly fitting Elvis as he brilliantly combines a ballad like song and a up tempo rendition of the last part. It is that extra that made him unique in style (and voice). Want more proof? Watch Jailhouse Rock in which he does it himself. Flat version first and Elvis-style version second. Brilliant!
derekd wrote on March 08, 2009
This was Elvis giving you the song as you have expected it from anyone else then he finishes it of HIS way. Great recording for that reason alone.
Steve V wrote on March 10, 2009
I love the Sun stuff, but this song is not in the same league as the classics. It good & innovative, just not among the best of the Sun recordings. Maybe it was too much echo.
JLpResLey wrote on June 25, 2009
I like it, especially the last verse when Elvis changed the tempo of the song. That´s why I enjoy it. It´s that part that made the song what it is, that´s how I feel. It wouldn´t have been a bad song without it, just not as interesting as it is now.
NONE000000 wrote on June 25, 2009
Sort of the opposite approach as Milkcow Blues Boogie, which has a few seconds of ballad and then takes off into full-on Rockabilly. This one does the ballad treatment almost in full, then throws in a RocknRoll ending verse. I like it, but like others have mentioned, it would be great to hear maybe a full take on the rock version, or any other takes they may have tried. Either way, I do like this, like all the Sun stuff, it is classic
Rob Wanders wrote on September 04, 2010
a fantastic song. I love the ending of it.
Gorse wrote on January 24, 2013
Not one of the strongest Sun sides but it still has an innate charm of simplicity, and a rousing last 30 or so seconds. This cute ballad first come to my attention as one of 4 Sun tracks included on the UK version of the first Golden Hits Album
sugartummy wrote on March 23, 2013
The original by the author is a bit faster then Elvis' ballad piece, but also has a faster ending. The two pieces are not so different then Elvis', but still it's basicly the same. This is what Elvis could've done with I love you because. Then rockabilly would've been invented a few hours sooner.
cookingfat wrote on April 25, 2013
Always liked this one,Elvis in the raw!
ElvisSacramento wrote on April 26, 2013
This is such a terrific song and Elvis' rendition of it was brilliant. I love all of Elvis' 1950's songs and all of Elvis' 1950's recordings immensely. My favorite era of Elvis' career will definitely always be the 1950's. Elvis will definitely always be the King of music and entertainment.
Cruiser621 wrote on June 21, 2017
Never felt strong about this song from the get-go, but here I am today and I give it 5-stars. Funny, how one gets older how some songs we didn't care for in our youth, get a second, much stronger rating with time. I think once all the insipid, 1960's movie garbage came and went as to his music, that looking back his 1950's songs really stand the test of time. Great, unusual tune with the change of timing.
atomic powered poste wrote on November 05, 2018
Sam knew why he left this in the archive. Elvis wasn't ready for songs like this in 54/55. The sun ballads made elvis debut lp weaker, they didn't fit in, not soundwise, not in terms of style. 2 stars.
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