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Summer Kisses, Winter Tears

Rating:
4.1 / 5

Words & Music: Ben Weisman Fred Wise Jack Lloyd

Summer kisses, Winter tears
That was what she gave to me
Never thought that I'd travel all alone
The trail of memories

Happy hours, lonely years
But I guess I can't complain
For I still recall the Summer sun
Through all the Winter rain

The fire of love, the fire of love
Can burn from afar
And nothing can light the dark of the night
Like a falling star
Summer kisses, Winter tears
Like the stars they fade away
Leaving me to spend my lonely nights
With dreams of yesterday

The fire of love, the fire of love
Can burn from afar
And nothing can light the dark of the night
Like a falling star
Summer kisses, Winter tears
Like the stars they fade away
Leaving me to spend my lonely nights
With dreams of yesterday

Leaving me to spend my lonely nights
With dreams of yesterday
Summer kisses, Winter tears

Recordingdate: 1960/08/08, first released on: Elvis By Request: Flaming Star (EP)

Musicians

Musicians who contributed to the first recording of Summer Kisses, Winter Tears:

(guitar)
(guitar)
(bass)
(drums)
(piano)
(accordion)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)
(vocals)

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OtisBlue22 wrote on May 12, 2008
Beautiful, haunting, poetic, sad. I love "the mad professor" Ben Weisman. His songs take you in directions you don't expect and I'm just glad his association with Elvis lasted as long as it did. The line "With dreams of yesterday" reminded me of McCartney's song, and I know which one I prefer.
Pedro Nuno wrote on July 23, 2008
Never ear this! A disturbing option for an Elvis song early in 1960! How is it possible to record such a crap like this, after the “Elvis is Back” sessions? In only a matter of months Elvis would loose completely his way, only to become an Hollywood Crooner instead of the King of Rock and Roll!
JerryNodak wrote on July 23, 2008
Beautiful, haunting, poetic, sad. I agree completely, OtisBlue22. Personally, I prefer the crooner over the rocker.
old shep wrote on July 23, 2008
We had to wait until 1965 for this particular song to be released on the now rare Flaming Star & Summer Kisses album.( RCA black label, with red dot) I think the song was well worth waiting for. A pleasant ballad with a good Elvis vocal
Jesse Garon Presley wrote on July 23, 2008
such an awesome song... his voice so amazingly beautiful in this song..so i will "ear" this
Rob Wanders wrote on July 23, 2008
very pretty song, beautifully sung by our man.
marty wrote on July 23, 2008
One of the better 'movie' songs from the King. A beautiful ballad worthy of our man. Too bad the quality of the 'movie' songs wasn't maintained in the years to come.
Natha wrote on September 09, 2008
Such a sweet song! Elvis was never shy to record different styles. So even in the early sixties he expanded his range. As if he began to expand his realm. The King of Rck 'n' Roll growng into the King of music.
bluesboy wrote on September 09, 2008
A quality ballad, but it's a pity - like most of the movie soundtracks - it suffers from bad production. The fact that this rather obscure Elvis song stood the test of time, can be found in the beautiful version Julee Cruise recorded almost forty years later.
Deano1 wrote on March 03, 2010
A solid ballad recorded for, but not used in the movie "Flaming Star". The original version which found it's way on to the EP "Elvis, By Request" in 1961 is well performed and quite nice. The movie version (released years after his death) that was cut from the movie suffers from horrible "Native American" drums and a very odd pace. In the original print that was shown to select audiences, the scene where he sings this song was included and the audience started laughing. Elvis sang it at an Indian camp during a very dramatic part of the movie and it wasn't meant to get laughs. This scene and the "Britches" scene were both removed when the movie was released to the masses.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 23, 2012
This is such an excellent song and it's easily one of my most favorite Elvis movie songs from the 1960's. It's such a shame that the scene when Elvis sang this song was deleted from the movie "Flaming Star". Unfortunately, that footage probably no longer exists.
Gorse wrote on October 23, 2012
I love the song, the tune and the Native American feel that the whole song emits. One of the strongest film track ballads that he recorded.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on October 23, 2012
How can anyone not like this? The vocal is perfect, and the song is beautiful. Very catchy.
Steve V wrote on October 23, 2012
Its a nice song and very well sung, but I am glad it was cut out of the movie along with Britches. It would not have fit very well.
alanfalk wrote on October 23, 2012
Pedro you are really outnumbered here and I am glad so, I hate when some people call songs that Elvis recorded crap just because it is not in their taste. Fortunately Elvis recorded in so many styles that there should be something for everybody. There is an odd tendency to call the rock´n roll Elvis the "real" Elvis, when in fact it´s probably the gospel and ballad songs that he cared most for himself. If you like quiet songs then this one is a great tune, 3.5 stars from me.
john804 wrote on October 23, 2012
I'm sorry but anyone who calls themselves a ELVIS fan yet calls his output "crap" is not a fan. Go find someone who never put out "crap" and become their fan. That's right, there's not a performer yet that hasn't put out less than stellar performance at sometime in their career.
LonElvis wrote on October 24, 2012
I very enjoyable song that has a nice subtle old west vibe to it. And a hint of mystery. I always enjoyed it on Elvis for Everyone. Four stars in my book.
bajo wrote on October 24, 2012
I like this song, and I think it's a beautiful delivery from Elvis. I especially love take 2 of this one, as found on Close Up. Check that version out! No crap at all imo!
Gorse wrote on January 17, 2013
Beautiful tune, unusual backing arrangement, sung by Elvis with that magnificent tender ballad voice. Crap this is certainly not and the ballad Elvis gives the rocking Elvis one helluva race.
kink56 wrote on April 13, 2013
Great song. It was also featured in the Wim Wender's movie "Until The End Of The World" by both Elvis and by Julee Cruise.
sugartummy wrote on May 13, 2013
Take 2 on Close up lacks the haunting guitar intro. All the vocals sound much better on the master take. I like this beautifully sung song.
cookingfat wrote on June 12, 2013
A long awaited track issued a few years after the movie on a now rare album.Pleasant ballad typical of the quality of songs and performance around that period
Bestoftherest8301 wrote on June 12, 2013
Surely a song he could have sung live in the '70's concerts, so many missed opportunities... sigh!
shawnrw wrote on May 15, 2014
I believe this song had hit single written all over it, instead of being buried on the "Flaming Star: ep and then five years later on the everything but the kitchen sink album, "Elvis For Everyone" Better treatment could have made this lovely, aching ballad a smash. Thanks again RCA.
dcrook80 wrote on June 04, 2014
One of the great movie songs before they started to go downhill.
moody blue wrote on February 08, 2015
its fair to say that this is the song that got me hooked on elvis .the year was 1977 I was 15 and at school in the uk .my dear mother bought me the elvis in demand album .i was impressed at the different range of song elvis could perfect .this track has an almost haunting sorrowful feel .simply beautiful.
NONE000000 wrote on February 09, 2015
One of the more beautiful songs Elvis ever sang, whether connected to a movie or not. The vocal is just perfect, sensitive and amazing, with Elvis easily singing and sustaining many high notes. It's just a beautiful song sung beautifully.
jaques marcello wrote on September 02, 2015
Certainly, One of the more beautiful songs Elvis ever sang, and surely a song he could have sung live in the '70's concerts.
Cruiser621 wrote on February 26, 2019
4-stars. I always liked this tune for some unknown reason. It beats the title track, that's for sure.
JerryNodak wrote on July 20, 2020
Pretty song. Well sung by Elvis. Have always enjoyed this, the record version. Don't care for the movie version. Glad that the movie version was cut. Record version: 4 stars.
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