Don't Forbid Me

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Words & Music: Charles Singleton
Don't forbid me to hold you tight
Darling don't forbid me to hold you tight
Take me in your lovin' arms
'cause it's cold and I can keep you warm

Don't forbid me to talk sweet nothings
Don't forbid me to talk sweet talk
Take me in your arms baby please
'cause it's cold, it's cold and your lips might freeze
Recorded: 1956/12/04, first released on The Million Dollar Quartet


Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 23, 2020report abuse
The Million Dollar Quartet songs were just a passing interest to me evidencing 3 musical giants enjoying a laugh and a sing song. This performance was just another tease as to what might have and could have been.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 15, 2019report abuse
Would have been a huge hit if released back in the day compared to the Pat Boone version. I still laugh at Pat Boone's attempt at doing Little Richard's tune "Tutti Frutti". Please, give me a break.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 2, 2013report abuse
What a difference in voice, Boone or Elvis. Boone can sing but sounds like Jim Reeves, when Elvis sounds sexy on an informal recording. Don't forbid me sounds like a good song for Elvis. Glad we have it, one way or another.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2011report abuse
Pat Boone and Elvis both did nice versions of this song. I wish Elvis had recorded professionally.
Monster (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2011report abuse
Don't forbid you to what Pat? Fall asleep while you're singing? This is a really fun song to sing and I love Elvis' jam version. Pat Boone's take on it was so, so, sooooo straight and unimaginative. I felt Elvis really "brought something to the song" as they say on those dreadful X Factor/Got Talent shows. His version has energy and excitement compared to Boone's cosy fireside snoozer.
GEORGE (GK) (profilecontact) wrote on Jun 3, 2011report abuse
Elvis would have had a "huge hit" with this song. He does a nice "jam vesion" with Jerry Lee, Lewis and Carl Perkins and friends at the Sun Studios in 1956.
dgirl (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2010report abuse
This is a very weak and childish 50's type rock and roll(?) song. I'm sort of glad Elvis didnt officially record it but I'm sure it would have been much better than Pat's version.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2010report abuse
Its just an OK song and not up to the standards of Elvis' 50's output. So simple, a 5th grader could have written it. That being said, he laid down a great smooth vocal on it during the Million Dollar Quartet.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 16, 2010report abuse
One of Pat Boone's weaker 50's songs and a far cry from Elvis' 1957 hits ("Too Much", "All Shook Up", "Teddy Bear" and "Jailhouse Rock"). Heck, it is a far cry from Pat's best hits from 57 ("Love Letters In The Sand" and "April Love"). I am glad he didn't record this one, it is not a well-written song. If he had recorded it, it would have probably been an album or EP track. Think about it, which one of the Elvis singles from late 56 through 57 would you replace with this song?
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Feb 4, 2009report abuse
surely would have yielded a fine song. but I also like Presey's generosity towards another artist. or was it music right wise?
jack409 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 19, 2008report abuse
Elvis should've officially recorded this song. His version on the "MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET" album although short showed the great vocals that he was capable of.
NONE000000 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 19, 2008report abuse
Great song that Elvis should have recorded officially. I generally HATE Elvis tribute artists, but a guy named Jamie Aaron Kelley recorded this, using the Jordanaires and many of Elvis' musicians--DJ Fontana on drums, etc. And he used the Million Dollar Quartet version as sort of a demo/model. It really gives you a good idea of how great this would have been had Elvis really done a studio version of this great track.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 19, 2008report abuse
This track is from the Million Dollar Quartet album
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 23, 2008report abuse
Maybe Elvis should have recorded this song instead of handing it to Pat Boone, it could well have been a major hit.

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