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Let Yourself Go

Rating:
4.2 / 5

Words & Music: Joy Byers

Well baby I'm gonna teach you what love's all about tonight
Trust me honey everything's gonna be all right
You gotta do like I do there ain't nothing to it
Listen to me baby anybody can do it
All you gotta do is just let yourself go

Now don't be afraid just relax and take it real slow
Cool it baby you ain't got no place to go
Just put your arms around me real tight
Enjoy yourself baby don't fight
All you gotta do is just let yourself go

All you need is just a little rehearsal
The first thing that you know
You'll be ready for the grand finale
So come on baby let's go
Let's go, let's go' let's go
Let's go

Take a real deep breath and put your warm red lips on mine
Just do like I tell you, everything's gonna be just fine
Kiss me nice and easy, take your time
Baby I'm the only one here in line
All you gotta do is just let yourself go
Let yourself go right now Yeh! let yourself go
Let yourself go right now Yeh! let yourself go
Yeh! let yourself go

All you gotta do is just let yourself go

Recordingdate: 1967/06/21, first released on: single (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Let Yourself Go:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(steel guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(drums)
(piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(sax)
(trumpet)

Availability

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Steve V wrote on March 31, 2009
The best song by far from Speedway. Very modern 68 sound. Why wasnt it a hit? Radio and pop music fans didn't care about old hat Elvis anymore. Yes the movie years did do damage to his career despite what some think. This is a fine tune given a second life by the (thank God) 1968 TV special.
old shep wrote on January 12, 2010
In the UK RCA chose the softer option and went for Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby as the A side with Let Yourself Go being relagated to the flip side. This system of choosing a ballad over a rocker was applied many times by RCA and usually with success. Although Let Yourself Go is a good song on it's own merit I think RCA got it right.
Deano1 wrote on February 21, 2010
A fine piece of rock and roll from the movie and soundtrack "Speedway". RCA had high hopes for this song as it was the follow-up to the top 30 hit "U.S. Male". Elvis seemed to be making a comeback of sorts in late 67 after back to back singles ("Long Legged Girl" and "There's Always Me") failed to crack the top 50. "Big Boss Man", "You Don't Know Me", "Guitar Man" and "U.S. Male" got Elvis back in the top 50 and as high as #28, but then came a religious single, "You'll Never Walk Alone" and then this song which became Elvis' worst performing A side (peaking at #71). Yes the movies had played a part in his sales slide. There is no doubt that the people who bought the LP "Harum Scarum" which peaked at #8, were hesitate to buy better soundtrack LP's like "Frankie and Johnny", "Spinout" and "Speedway because of this. But there are other reasons too. Teenagers like buying records from people their own age for the most part and Elvis was 33 years old. They liked the younger artists. May I also suggest that many people did not like Elvis because he had a lot of Christian releases in the mid 60's. "Crying In The Chapel" in 1965, two Easter singles and a Christmas single in 1966, a full gospel album in 1967 ("How Great Thou Art") and another Easter single in 1968. Elvis the brand, did not stand for what the youth of the late 60's stood for and I thank God for that. He had is faults, but thankfully unlike the Stones and other groups of the 60's he wasn't trying to lead every young American astray.
Gorse wrote on October 25, 2012
One of the best film rockers that Elvis recorded in the 1960's. Would have been a big hit if he had been making television appearances and putting himself around in the media spotlight.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 28, 2012
This is such a spectacular and fun song and it's such a shame that it wasn't a major hit for Elvis here in the United States. It's easily one of my most favorite Elvis songs from the 1960's.
sugartummy wrote on March 31, 2013
Among the musicians are still a few "golden oldies" like Chip Young, Bob Moore, D.J. Fontana, Pete Drake, Boots Randolph & Charlie McCoy (on trumpet! that guy could play everything). A real great song. The 1968 version is the equal to this.
ElvisSacramento wrote on February 12, 2016
This has always been my favorite song from the Elvis movie "Speedway" without a shadow of a doubt. The other fifteen songs that Elvis recorded that were written or co-written by Joy Byers were "Baby, If You'll Give Me All Of Your Love", "C'mon Everybody", "Goin' Home", "Hard Knocks", "Hey, Hey, Hey", "Hey Little Girl", "It Hurts Me", "I've Got To Find My Baby", "Please Don't Stop Loving Me", "She's A Machine", "So Close, Yet So Far (From Paradise)", "Stop, Look And Listen", "The Meanest Girl In Town", "There Ain't Nothing Like A Song" and "There's A Brand New Day On The Horizon".
bajo wrote on June 14, 2016
I really liked the single with both Let Yourself Go and Your Time Hasn't Come Yet Baby. But, times had changed and US radio didn't spend much time on Elvis around the time of this single. The same fate with A Little Less Conversation and Almost In Love. I really liked both of these rockers. They were different and even the lack of chart success, I've always held them high in the soundtrack singles files. I think both Let Yourself Go and ALLC have stood the test of time well. Add the version of Let Yourself Go from the NBC special as well!
Cruiser621 wrote on December 06, 2016
To each his own. Doesn't ring my chimes one bit.
JerryNodak wrote on December 20, 2018
Like the single version. 4 stars. Don't care for the deleted TV special. Too loud and busy.
TheMemphisFan wrote on February 29, 2020
Catchy song... might become a big hit someday as a remix.
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