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Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:01 pm
'PLEASE DON'T DRAG THAT STRING AROUND"
i really love this song. it's short, sweet and to the point. i tend to like Elvis songs with gimmicky (and clever) lyrics.
"Please don't drag that string because my heart is tied to the other end"
It's a snappy liitle non-movie soundtrack tune that i have liked since it was released on a 45 rpm record and was bought by my mother for 29 cents at the local 5 & 10 cent store (anyone remember those?)
Does anyone else on this board enjoy Elvis songs with gimmicky or clever lyrics?
Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:25 pm
always been one of my fav early 60's gems.
Sat Sep 10, 2011 8:41 pm
great little track from a great single
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:08 pm
Yes always loved it.
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:17 pm
Nice tune ,uptempo , but i prefer the A side
Singer - songwriter
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:29 pm
A "malt shop" type tune!
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:37 pm
Kylan wrote:always been one of my fav early 60's gems.
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:40 pm
Yep. It's never skip this one!
Sat Sep 10, 2011 9:57 pm
I've always liked this song. It's a good one!
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:01 pm
Good song ! I love it
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:13 pm
If Elvis' standard had never dropped below the level of "Please Don't Drag That String Around," his entire career would look different today. Songwriter Otis Blackwell seldom, if ever, let down Presley with his submissions. Working with Winfield Scott he delivered one of the best songs selected for the May 1963 Nashville session, well in line with earlier hits like "Return To Sender" and "(Such An) Easy Question." It's no wonder RCA got it out and on the streets within a month.
It's very odd that, as the B-side to "(You're The) Devil In Disguise," it failed to chart. Elvis delivers the song with ease, and the Jordanaires punctuate each verse with great style. Let's not forget, too, that Boots Randolph is outstanding on sax throughout.
Ironically, when the cut was included on Elvis' Gold Records Volume 4 in 1968, it sounded like bygones from another era. That's how much things had changed in popular music since 1963.
The first pressing of the single (RCA 8188) had the title as "Please Don't Drag That String Along." Anyone have it?
Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:17 pm
elvisbot wrote:ANYONE ELSE LIKE THIS SONG ? ? ?
Yes, very much.
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:09 pm
Yes great track, the first couple of bars always remind me of the opening of 'One Broken Heart For Sale', has anyone else noticed this?
Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:14 am
Cheerful little number, great vocals
Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:35 am
It's a great little pop tune that is easy to listen to. A classic? Maybe not, but a tremendous b-side or album track. A song that just screams "fun."
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:54 am
I love it!
It's one of those tunes that just makes me smile every time I hear it
Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:55 am
I hadn't heard it for a while, but after hearing it, remastered as it is, on the Elvis Sings Memphis Tennessee FTD, it has now become one of my favourites. Elvis' vocals are amazing. I think no one else could sing it like this.
Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:08 pm
It's a harmless little pop number which I've always enjoyed. His voice was sublime during the early 60s.
Sun Sep 11, 2011 7:52 pm
It's your ballgame. You can dismiss, deify, become completely outraged and groove on this track for a week if it's really good.
Sun Sep 11, 2011 8:50 pm
Always been one of my least favorite Elvis songs and to my ears one of the worst tunes from the May 63 sessions - my list of least to favorite would look like this:
14. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
13. Please Don't Drag That String Around
12. Memphis, Tennessee (sorry, I never cared too much for Elvis' version)
11. Never Ending
10. Western Union
09. Echoes Of Love
08. Blue River
07. Ask Me
06. What Now, What Next, Where To
05. Slowly But Surely
03. Love Me Tonight
02. (It's A) Long Lonely Highway
01. (You're The) Devil In Disguise
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:21 pm
Wow! As a vinyl collector, I have the mint 45 RPM single with the wrong/mistake title. "Please Don't Drag That String Along"!!
Sun Sep 11, 2011 9:34 pm
A catchy little tune, perfect for parties
Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:55 pm
A catchy little tune, perfect for parties
Oh Yeh, Great Party Tune ...
Mon Sep 12, 2011 12:21 am
Definately a catchy tune, well performed and featuring some stellar sax playing -- although it lacked the hook-line to be much more than a b-side, but would have been a decent filler on a mid-sixties album the likes of Pot Luck or Something For Everybody.