Song of the Day #3,942: ‘Return to Sender’ – Elvis Presley

‘Return to Sender’ is an Elvis Presley track from the 2002 compilation 30 No. 1 Hits. At least that’s where it lives in my music collection. It was originally released as a single in 1962 and performed in the film Girls! Girls! Girls!, a clip from which is embedded below.

The song made it to only #2 on the U.S. charts but spent three weeks at #1 in the U.K. Indeed, 11 of the #1 hits on the compilation reached that pinnacle only in the U.K.

Also in 1962, soul singer Gerri Granger recorded a rebuttal to this song titled ‘Don’t Want Your Letters.’ It borrows the melody from ‘Return to Sender’ but tells the story from the woman’s point of view.

[Intro]
Return to sender!
Return to sender!

[Verse 1]
I gave a letter to the postman
He put it his sack
Bright in early next morning
He brought my letter back

[Chorus]
(She wrote upon it)
Return to sender
Address unknown
No such number
No such zone
We had a quarrel
A lover’s spat
I write I’m sorry, but my letter keeps coming back

[Verse 2]
So then I dropped it in the mailbox
And sent it special D
Bright in early next morning
It came right back to me

[Chorus]
(She wrote upon it)
Return to sender
Address unknown
No such person
No such zone

[Bridge]
This time I’m gonna take it myself
And put it right in her hand
And if it comes back the very next day
Then I’ll understand

[Chorus]
(The writing on it)
Return to sender
Address unknown
No such number
No such zone
Return to sender
Return to sender
Return to sender
Return to sender

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,942: ‘Return to Sender’ – Elvis Presley

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Watching this clip, it’s hard to think of anyone cooler than Elvis. I also love how supposedly live performances in tv and movies used to just fade out. Was anybody ever fooled by this?😁 Also, love the rebuttal song. I never knew about that.

  2. Peg says:

    Thanks for the early Easter present 😍 and no one is cooler then thr King

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