Song of the Day #1,954: ‘Too Much’ – Elvis Presley

elvisI’ve never been much of an Elvis Presley aficionado. I really enjoy his hits when I hear them, but I don’t play them on my own nor do I know the stories behind them.

The curiosity that has led me to explore the early work of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Simon & Garfunkel and other acts who got their start before I was born has just never expanded to Elvis. That’s probably because those other artists are songwriters, while Presley made his name as “just” a performer.

It’s also because Elvis was a singles artist more than an album artist. I know his early records are considered musically and culturally important, but the songs we all know by heart were released as 45s.

I got my chance to own those singles when RCA released a compilation of 30 #1 hits a decade ago. Purists deride the album as woefully lacking much of Presley’s best work, but I love every one of its 80 minutes, including the 2 1/2 randomly served up today.

Honey, I love you too much
Need your lovin’ too much
Want the thrill of your touch
Gee, I can’t love [‘hold’ instead of ‘love’] you too much
You do all the livin’
While I do all the givin’
Cause I love you too much

You spend all my money too much
Have to share you honey, too much
When I want some lovin’, you’re gone
Don’t you know you’re treatin’ me wrong
Now you got me started
Don’t you leave me broken hearted
Cause I love you too much

Ev’ry time I kiss your sweet lips
I can feel my heart go flip flip
I’m such a fool for your charms
Take me back [my] baby in your arms
Like to hear you sighin’
Even though I know you’re lyin’
Cause I love you too much

Need your lovin’ all the time
Need you huggin’, please be mine
Need you near me, stay real close
Please, please, hear me, you’re the most
Now you got me started
Don’t you leave me broken hearted
Cause I love you too much

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,954: ‘Too Much’ – Elvis Presley

  1. pegclifton says:

    You have no idea how excited I am to see an Elvis “song of the day” I almost jumped out of my chair 🙂 I too love the 80 minutes on that release; and it certainly brings back many memories–thanks for brightening my day!

  2. Dana says:

    I have similar feelings about Elvis.

    I’ve never heard this song before. Listening to it, however, makes me feel as though I am in the studio with Elvis and his musicians during the recording session. There is an intimacy there that is missing in so much of today’s music with modern post production electronic enhancements and modifications. I really enjoy the purity of this sound.

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