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Something Blue

Rating:
4.4 / 5

Words & Music: Paul Evans Al Byron

Something old, the time goes buy
Something new, these tears I cry
Something borrowed were those lips my lips knew
And that's why I'm something blue

Something old, the vows we made
Something new, the price I paid
Something borrowed, love was tried but not true
Now my life is something blue

I guess that I had better smile
Walking behind you down the aisle
I feel I'm walking to my doom
I'm really not the best man in this room

Something old, the dreams we planned
Something new, his wedding band
Something borrowed was the heart I gave you
You returned it torn in two

Something old, the dreams we planned
Something new, his wedding band
Something borrowed was the heart I gave you
You returned it torn in two

And that's why,
And that's why I'm something blue

Recordingdate: 1961/03/18, first released on: Pot Luck (album)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Something Blue:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(drums)
(piano)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vibes)
(vibes)
(sax)

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Deano1 wrote on March 19, 2010
After a rather pedestrian A-side on the 1962 LP "Pot Luck", side two starts off with this beautiful song. Elvis gives this song the sentimental treatment like he did "I Met Her Today" and the "Something For Everybody" ballads and the result is a 4 1/2 star track.
Steve V wrote on July 16, 2010
One of the better 60's ballads, much better than any soundtrack ballad (except perhaps CHFIL). Could have been an early 60's hit. This was the Nashville sound of 1960-62.
tornado wrote on April 24, 2011
Certainly one of my favorite ballad of the early 60's. Often underated. The tenor saxophone of Booth Randolph in there makes a wonderful mix with Elvis and the Jordanaires. Elvis plays the role of the guy who loose the girl this time. It kind of refreshing to know, he didn't get them all. - Well according to the lyrics. - Paul Evans said in "Writing for The King" that: "There was a review of Something Blue in England and they said it sounded unfinished and I agree. - it always felt like it was unfinished. It was a little sparse. I was a little disapointed in the production, but not with Elvis performance." I wonder what he meant exactly. At the time, musicians couldn't very well improvised. They had to play as they were told or follow the strick melody. Remember, it was never really a jazz session with Elvis. Musicians had to performed well and fast And they did that pretty well under the circumstances. Always like the mood in that song.
Deke Rivers 6 wrote on July 22, 2011
Good song sung well along with "Easy Question" & "Just For Old Times Sake" two of my late mother's favourite songs.
GregMcGee wrote on July 22, 2011
this is one of the better 1960's songs from Elvis. I think however it was Boots Randolph.
TCB1974 wrote on July 22, 2011
A beautiful ballad, something to listen to in the dark and enjoy. Four stars from me.
derekd wrote on July 25, 2011
Good Lp track, good album.
Elvis Rimes wrote on October 28, 2011
Absolutely beautiful vocals.
Great Dane wrote on October 28, 2011
Pot Luck was one of my first album,so i love this album a lot. That goes the same for this beauty.4 1/2 stars
GEORGE (GK) wrote on October 28, 2011
Love Elvis' smooth vocals on this song. I agree, this could have been a strong single. All in all, its a strong album track.
freedom101 wrote on October 28, 2011
Classic!
ElvisSacramento wrote on November 03, 2012
This is such a stellar, underrated and overlooked song and it's easily one of my most favorite Elvis songs from the 1960's. I rate this song and Elvis' rendition of it 5 Stars.
Gorse wrote on December 03, 2012
A great ballad from one of my favourite albums. The Pot Luck album had so many great sides, many being issued as 'A' and 'B' sides globally with this one a 'B' side in the UK. This performance has Elvis with a strong commanding vocal, and I doubt as a ballad could be sung much better at any time in his career.
sugartummy wrote on May 05, 2013
The first take off this song begins with the Wedding March, like it was on the demo, but that didn't work so they dropped it. This song was recorded 1962/03/18. A smooth ballad, very nice.
shawnrw wrote on January 15, 2014
It's songs like this that prove that Elvis would have been a legend even if he had never sung any rock at all. His abilities as a balladeer are perfectly shown off here. From the great "Pot Luck" album which really doses not have a weak track on it.
Jim Davidson wrote on January 26, 2016
It's a beautiful song. I give it 10 stars out of five. The only downside is that is very early '60s in its sound.
JerryNodak wrote on October 31, 2019
I love Elvis, the balladeer. This is one of my faves. 5 stars.
atomic powered poste wrote on October 31, 2019
I feel that this isn't as relatable as other ear/mid 60's ballads, at least from a lyrical point - it feels more dated to me then other ballads from that period. The arrangement doesn't feel that sparse and like a great "late night listening" as others ballads from this time. That doesn't mean that i dislike this song/recording, im just not as excited about this than about the majority of elvis other ballads from the 60's. Probably it's just me. 3 stars.
bajo wrote on October 31, 2019
Versatility! That's the word to describe Elvis! It is simply such a delicate delivery, feel, emotion and downright beautiful!
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