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What Now, What Next, Where To

4.3 / 5

Words & Music: Don Robertson Hal Blair

Like a ship without a compass on a cold lonely sea
No beacon light of love to guide me through
I lost the only treasure that means anything to me
What now, what next, where to?

I thought I had a love that would be mine eternally
I felt so sure you'd be forever true
Now everything I counted on has crumbled under you
What now, what next, where to?

You were part of every dream I dreamed, of everything I planned
How could I know our castles were built upon the sand
Won't heaven send an angel please, to tell me what to do
What now, what next, where to?
What now, what next , where to?

Recordingdate: 1963/05/26, first released on: Double Trouble (album)


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FJE wrote on August 17, 2008
Beautiful mid-tempo ballad and irresistible melody from the great Don Robertson which Elvis delivers in his impeccable early sixties "golden brown" voice. Slight mistake in the lyrics above where Elvis sings "...has crumbled under ME" and not "...has crumbled under YOU".
My boy, my boy wrote on June 12, 2009
I used to pay no interest to that one before but now I would never dare skiping it...I guess it grew on me!...Elvis's voice really do wonders !...Thanks to the Jordanaires too !
old shep wrote on June 12, 2009
A very good track to be tucked away on such a dismal soundtrack album. Many times better than some 60s singles like Blue River, long legged Girl and their ilk.
derekd wrote on June 12, 2009
Great recording, should have been a single. Much better than some of the singles being release around '64. 5 stars recording for me.
Sparky wrote on June 12, 2009
I love it's simplicity and Elvis's vocal just glides. I believe they nailed this on the first take, which is fantastic, but oh man, what I'd give to hear other takes, maybe a bit slower and without the Jordanaires. Great stuff!
Steve V wrote on June 12, 2009
Nice song, always liked it. Just how messed up the Presley team was in the 60's shows when this is chosen to close a dreadful soundtrack LP. I was thinking the words to this title when that LP ended. What next Elvis? Where to? Unfort, there were new lows a-coming.
Cher wrote on June 12, 2009
Another of my favorites. It's a bit short imo but a lot of Elvis songs seem to be too short sometimes. I don't think Elvis' voice at this time was ever better, just like honey. This is on my favorites list.
JerryNodak wrote on June 12, 2009
Pleasant song. Always enjoy it when I hear it. It's got that "country-politen" sound that Nashville was famous for back then. First heard it on my original vinyl version ot the Double Trouble soundtrack.
Ruthie wrote on June 13, 2009
Nice song that ELvis does exceedingly well. His voice is just great on this song. Of course, with a good voice a song doesn't have to be a blockbuster to be good or appreciated.
Deano1 wrote on February 21, 2010
Another gem from the mis-handled recording session from May of 1963. This beautifully sung song was not released for four years and then it was released as a bonus song on the LP "Double Trouble". Thankfully the soundtrack LPs had reached their low point with "Paradise, Hawaiian Style" in 1966 and RCA was rounding out thin soundtracks with outstanding bonus songs. "Clambake", the next soundtrack LP would even have a non-movie song lead off the album (the great "Guitar Man") and "Speedway" which would follow and be his last soundtrack had four good bonus songs. "What Now, What Next, Where To" backed with "Long Legged Girl" should have been the single release and WNWNWT should have led off the album.
shoesuedeblues wrote on March 23, 2010
A great song written by one of my favourite Elvis songwriters Don Robertson. To bad it first saw the light of day on a sub standard album. Could have become another Elvis classic with the right promotion at the start.
OtisBlue22 wrote on March 23, 2010
I think it was this song Johnny Cash turned down, before it reached Elvis. Perhaps it was too pop-oriented for the country star...Don Robertson, meanwhile, was one of the finest writers in the Presley fold. Another notch on his belt.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on February 27, 2011
One of my favorites. The song flows with ease and Elvis' vocals are smooth and perfect.
Marty_TCE wrote on August 30, 2011
Elvis recorded far better songs but this song was delivered perfectly. Very pleasant listening and very catchy.
Lpool kid wrote on August 30, 2011
a really great song but too short and a world away from what was about to be unleashed from england,apart from memphis tennessee,devil in disguise there was only movie soundtracks in the next 12 months or so.once the beatles came he should have risen to the challenge,responded to it and crushed it.instead hid away for five years.four stars for the song,five for the performance.
TCB1974 wrote on August 30, 2011
It seems that every Don Robertson song inspired Elvis to give a fantastic performance. This is no exception, although the duration of the song could have been extended. Nevertheless, four stars from me.
GEORGE (GK) wrote on August 30, 2011
Love this song. Why songs like this were hidden as "bonus songs" on the movie soundtracks, is a mystery. RCA should release a CD with all the "Bonus songs" on one CD. (It was done once as a album, in the European market)
Great Dane wrote on August 30, 2011
I have that album with all the bonus songs,very good,like this song. 4 stars.
ElvisSacramento wrote on October 27, 2012
This is such an excellent song and it's easily one of my most favorite Elvis songs from the 1960's.
sugartummy wrote on May 30, 2013
This one is on the first LP I ever bought in 1978 called Separate ways. I still love it after all those years. Melancholy, but in a good sense.
Gorse wrote on July 12, 2013
A very nice performance that exuded class on a first take from the 1963 sessions. I do think however that an extra take or two would have ironed out a couple of minor mistimings on the vocal but overall a great addition to the song portfolio.
Milky White Way wrote on December 23, 2021
This is a beautiful song and I can imagine Elvis singing this in the never to be 1963 tour, cancelled due to movie commitments. It has a similar feel to me as Never Ending, both beautifully sung and waisted by RCA. 4 stars
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