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Take Me to the Fair

3.2 / 5

Words & Music: Sid Tepper Roy C. Bennett

Take me to the fair
Take me to the fair, don't know anywhere
I would rather be

Let's, go to the fair
We'll walk hand in hand, through Tomorrow Land
Only you and me

I wanna see everything, do everything
While we're doin' it all
I'll buy the peanuts and popcorn
We'll have us a ball

You can spend my pay
Crush me in the crowds, I'll be in the clouds
Honey I don't care

Take me there by sleigh
Go, let's get a bite, anywhere you like
But take me to the fair

I wanna see everything, do everything
While we're doin' it all
I'll buy the peanuts and popcorn
We'll have us a ball

Take me there by sleigh
Go, let's have a bite, anywhere you like
But take me to the fair

Take me to the fair, Take me to the fair
Take me to the fair

Recordingdate: 1962/08/30, first released on: It Happened at the World's Fair (album)


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bastiaanvinke wrote on June 08, 2009
harmless, nothing to get excited about...
Pedro Nuno wrote on November 03, 2009
A shame that Elvis, in 1962, was starting to record crap like this. The beginning of seven years of darkness, in the Pop Rock field...
Steve V wrote on November 03, 2009
Tepper/Bennett songs almost ruined his career. Harmless? No.
NONE000000 wrote on November 03, 2009
The entire "It Happened At The World's Fair" soundtrack grew on me over the years. I find that it has a more cohesive sound than most of the other soundtracks (I'm really not sure why, but that soundtrack, as a whole, maybe had more reverb or something). Within the context of his career, it is easy to see this as a bad song from a bad album from a bad movie. But now with all the years gone by and Elvis' place firmly held even 30+ years after his death, I can enjoy a song like this. Goes for the similarly themed stuff on Roustabout.(If nothing else, as a fascinating study in artistic growth, listen to this "Take Me To The Fair" followed by "The Fair's Moving On". It is almost hard to believe it was only really a few years later! This is roughly the same period that the Beatles went from "Please Please Me" to "Let It Be". Those guys certainly became better songwriters, but Elvis' voice matured and gained a depth and power over that same period that I have always felt eclipsed the Beatles easily. And I love the Beatles; but Elvis was the man.)
sitdown revamped wrote on November 03, 2009
As a 14 years old i Kinda like that song...now I'm 45 and well, I wonder what the qualitiy of the discarded songs was like which came in as proposals. Orhow did it work: There as a handful of writers working for Bienstock?
Great Dane wrote on November 03, 2009
definitely not one of his best, but for me in the past it worked, it were those silly moviesongs that made me and much more people fans, so in that case it certainly didn' t ruin his career. And englisch is not mine language, so that also may help.
theoldscudder wrote on November 03, 2009
Let's face it , it's not The Fairs Moving On by a long shot.
dgirl wrote on November 03, 2009
As a 12 year old, I thought the song harmless in 1963. In one year, the musical landscape changed drastically, but songs like this (and worse) continued to turn up for years on Elvis LPs. Caught in a trap and I cant walk out. Too bad. We lost some good years with these types of songwriters and songs.
Deano1 wrote on February 21, 2010
This is a simple, harmless song from the movie and soundtrack "It Happened At The World's Fair". Very cute scene in the movie as Elvis explains to adorable Vicky Tiu what a world's fair is. On record it isn't great, but it isn't bad either. This song in no way ruined, partially ruined or even hurt Elvis' career. The album sold well, peaking at #4 on the LP chart, his next single "Devil In Disguise" was an international smash and his follow up LP "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol 3" spent over 10 months on the chart and peaked at #3. The next year (1964), when the Beatles supposedly reigned supreme, Elvis was voted the AP (associated press), entertainer of the year.
Monster wrote on November 09, 2010
Amiable movie fluff. I enjoy this one for what it is.
SatninTCB wrote on November 10, 2010
Bad song from a hate -to-admit-it entertaining movie(better than others). But our boy would sadly stick to this kind of material for years thanks to the hefty paychecks and the greedy Colonel....
Natha wrote on September 06, 2011
It is a song from a musical film, so what to expect. Elvis caught himself trapped in movie contracts. At a time that bands were coming up (with the advantage of just starting) singing their own songs Elvis had to rely on mediocre song writers. As for me I did not mind so much as I did not feel connected to the early sixties sound and did not like the later sixties sound (was it really sound?) at all. And next to the RnR I could listen to this was enjoyable light material.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on September 06, 2011
Fun song, in a real good Movie. Pure Family Fun, but softened the "Rocker Elvis Image" sadly.
Lpool kid wrote on September 06, 2011
ok he may have been trapped into the kind of movies he made,but i still think he could have chosen better material to sing,for every tepper & bennett type song submitted for the movie soundtrack there should have been songs from other song writers for due consideration.
TCB1974 wrote on September 06, 2011
This is another amazingly short movie song, that does not sound as infectious happy as it should be given the lyrics. It can be described as barely acceptable soundtrack fun at best. Two stars from me.
japio wrote on September 06, 2011
it''s not his best song. But it''s a song hta''s makes me happy. But this song ( also album and movie) brings some memories to me. just what george GK said . "" pure family""" Maybe that will be also a reason why i like this song. But it also brings the feeling of missing someone.
Lou A wrote on September 07, 2011
I like this movie alot. It's a family type picture and the songs fit in very well, and help advance the plot. All songs in the film including this one were extrermely well sung . It IS a memorable scene with irreisistable Vicky Tiu. The song is not single material, but fits in well in the motion picture helping to create the proper mood.
Gorse wrote on December 19, 2012
Elvis sings it well enough and the song moves along with purpose, but I don't like the backing on a few of the soundtrack songs as they sound 'slightly reedy and skinny. The song is worth 3 stars but could have been valued at a lot more with a few musical tweaks.
alanfalk wrote on March 18, 2013
A few years ago a group of the most famous Danish singers recorded an album with songs for children, which became a big hit. The philosophy behind this was, that they too should have great singers record songs for them, and why not ? Often people say that they liked these songs when they were young, but now they think that they are silly. Can anyone tell me why Elvis in a family movie should not be allowed to sing songs for the younger audience. I still like this song (3 stars), but there were other songs such as "Confidence" that I used to like, but don't like anymore, but it was songs like this that made me a fan as a young kid. And of cause it is the same people who think that blues and rock'n roll are more cool than country or pop, and that the 70' music was less cool than the 50', that also think that it is in bad taste to sing songs aimed at children, instead of being glad that the 5-10 year old also have music from the worlds greatest singer, IMO, that they can enjoy and sing along to.
ElvisSacramento wrote on March 19, 2013
This is such a terrific, fun and underrated song and I've never skipped it. Also, this song fit the movie "It Happened At The World's Fair" perfectly. I rate this song 5 Stars and Elvis' rendition of it 5 Stars too.
sugartummy wrote on May 16, 2013
This was the first song tried on August 30, 1962 but the attempt was unsuccesful. Because the picture was supposed to be named "Take me to the fair", it was recorded again on September 22, 1962 as the last song on the session. The Mello Men did the background vocals in September. This is on one off the first LP's I bought in I think 1979. I like this fun song, but the best songs on the soundtrack are the ballads.
Cruiser621 wrote on July 27, 2013
For some reason, I actually like this soundtrack with the exception of the 2 kids songs, "Cotton Candy Land" and "How Would You Like To Be". Yes, the album is way, way too short and yes, I've actually got a copy of the FTD album, but I still look back and have a soft spot for this soundtrack even with the hollow sound of it all.
shawnrw wrote on September 20, 2014
Popping, jaunty tune that has largely been forgotten. Fitting better within the context of the movie it came from, it is really a very enjoyable song.
Milky White Way wrote on September 03, 2022
I really enjoy this song and the entire soundtrack. There’s not one song I dislike, not even the children’s songs. The FTD album is one of my favourite soundtracks from the label. I see no point in comparing it to the music of the period ie the Beatles but I understand people have their own opinions. IMO this is a catchy, bouncy, happy musical track made for a musical. Pity it’s too short.
Milky White Way wrote on September 04, 2022
Words should say “Take me there by sleight, roller-skate or bike anyway you like, but take me to the fair.”
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