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Solitaire

Rating:
4.2 / 5

Words & Music: Neil Sedaka Phil Cody

There was a man, a lonely man
Who lost his love, thru his indifference
A heart that cared that went unshared
Until it died within his silence

And solitaire is the only game in town
And every road that takes him, takes him down
While life goes on around him everywhere
He's playing solitaire

And keeping to himself, begins to deal
And still the king of hearts is well concealed
Another losing games comes to an end
And deals them out again

A little hope goes up in smoke
Just how it goes, goes without saying
There was a man, a lonely man
Who would command the hand he's playing

And solitaire is the only game in town
And every road that takes him, takes him down
While life goes on around him everywhere
He's playing solitaire

And keeping to himself, begins to deal
And still the king of hearts is well concealed
Another losing games comes to an end
And deals them out again

And solitaire is the only game in town
And every road that takes him, takes him down
While life goes on around him everywhere
He's playing solitaire

Recordingdate: 1976/02/03, first released on: From Elvis Presley Boulevard (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Solitaire:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(piano)
(electric piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)

Others*

(french horn)
(french horn)
(oboe)
(trombone)
(cello)
(cello)
(viola)
(viola)
(viola)
(viola)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(violin)
(harp)

*Orchestra, overdubs

Availability

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LonElvis wrote on December 13, 2009
Sheer brillance. This is Elvis at his very best. Nobody can sing with as much emotion and feeling as Elvis. This is why they called him the "king."
Deano1 wrote on February 27, 2010
Elvis takes this Neil Sedaka tune and makes it a haunting, yet beautiful track. This song would have been a big hit had it been released as a single in the U.S. (in 1976, it was a country hit in '79). Another of the five stars songs from a five star LP "From Elvis Presley Boulevard..."
TBG wrote on December 30, 2010
I have always loved this song. Elvis' version is so much better than Neil Sedaka's version. It doesn't get any better than this, Elvis at his best - 5 stars :-)
Polk Salad Robert wrote on February 26, 2011
Very often this song is the background song of one of my dreams...I love it very much !!!
Elvis Rimes wrote on August 03, 2012
Absolutely heart breaking 5 stars TCB
Biffx wrote on August 03, 2012
What can you say about this track , emotional , haunting just plain beautiful. Elvis once again showing us why nobody will ever come close to matching him.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 26, 2012
This is such a brilliant, emotional and unique song and Elvis easily has the very best rendition of it. It's easily one of my most favorite songs that Elvis ever recorded. It's also my favorite song from the "From Elvis Presley Boulevard Memphis Tennessee" album for sure.
Gorse wrote on January 29, 2013
For some reason not my favourite by anyone, but Elvis sings it with full commitment and deep feeling, obtaining as much as anybody could from the song with this performance.
sugartummy wrote on May 05, 2013
Never cared too much for this one. I don't know the Sedaka version, but perhaps Elvis had heard the Andy Williams version, for the arrangment is just the same.
Cruiser621 wrote on June 06, 2014
Boring! Not one of his better efforts. The song just drags along. 1-Star and that's pushing it to be honest.
Elvis Rimes wrote on June 07, 2014
This song is heart-breakingly delivered by the King, El lays his soul bare in this absolutely beautiful song.
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