That's When Your Heartaches Begin

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Words & Music: Hill/ Fisher/ Raskin
If you find your sweetheart
in the arms of a friend
That's when your heartaches begin
When dreams of a lifetime
must come to an end
That's when your heartaches begin

Love is a thing
you never can share
If you bring a friend
into your love affair
That's the end of your sweetheart,
that's the end of your friend
That's when your heartaches begin
Recorded: 1957/01/13, first released on single


marty (profilecontact) wrote on Dec 26, 2020report abuse
It used to be one of my favourite 50's ballad. I still like many years after I first heard it but I think it hasn't aged as well as other ballads from the time (like "Don't"). Would have been interesting if he had tried it during the 70's when he was doing a lot of "lost love" type ballads. But he very rarely redid any of his songs.
TheMemphisFan (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 5, 2015report abuse
A 5-star ballad.
Jim Davidson (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 5, 2015report abuse
My second Elvis LP was the TV album-advertised "Elvis Forever" (Canada, 1974); it was in the bargain bin in July 1977. Wow! It was the first time that I heard "That's When Your Heartaches Begin", "Rip it Up", "In the Ghetto" and "Suspicion". "If you find your sweetheart in the arms of your best friend ..." grabs your emotions from the first note.
ElvisSacramento (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 5, 2014report abuse
This is such a wonderful, underrated and overlooked ballad and Elvis' 1957 studio version of it is brilliant. I've never skipped it. It's always such a joy to listen to. My favorite sequence of this song is the monologue sequence. The Ink Spots' 1941 studio recording of it is excellent, but I prefer Elvis' 1957 studio version.
Deano1 (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 4, 2014report abuse
Elvis trying to perfect that ballad voice and showing marked improvement over some of the earlier ones ("I Love You Because" and "First In Line" come to mind). I like it a lot and I really enjoy the spoken bridge. What he lacked in vocals (and it isn't much), he makes up for in emotion. The only Presley B-side of the 1950's not to crack the top 40, but it did show up at #58.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on May 18, 2013report abuse
This was the second song he recorded in 1953 at Sun. He recorded it again in December 1956 at Sun, saying it would be a great song for Johnny Cash. The only professional recording by Elvis of this song was in 1957. Beautiful.
Gorse (profilecontact) wrote on Mar 27, 2013report abuse
Always amazes how his voice matured through the years and the difference from the 1953 private cut until the RCA 1957 version was incredible. Fitted well on the Golden Records album UK version 1958, and although it perhaps has not aged as well as other tracks from this period is still very entertaining and a joy to spin- 4 stars.
Ruthie (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 13, 2008report abuse
What a great old standard from the days when lyrics meant something. My parents used to listen to this instead of Hound Dog. I thought it was really cool of Elvis to tackle such an old song at such a young age. The narrative was difficult for him, but he did well. It's one of those songs better sung by an older artist with more personal experiences. However, Elvis' version is still one of my favorites.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 12, 2008report abuse
Well, I think, this is a revisitied song he cut on acetate during one of those 4 dollar sessions at sun. So it matches with Presleys faible for dramatic contents. Its content is foreshadowing Little Sister. Nice cut, classes better than that rare Tell Me Why for example.
Cruiser621 (profilecontact) wrote on Oct 12, 2008report abuse
Personally, I've come to like this song more as I've become older. Didn't care for it as much when I was 12 years old back in 1957, now I'm 63. It was the B side to All Shook Up; the beginning of the pop song as done by Elvis. Never again would we listen to hard rock 'n roll as the record before it, Too Much, my all time favorite.
commoneverybody (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2008report abuse
never liked it, never play it. Boring stuff....
elvistruth (profilecontact) wrote on Sep 15, 2008report abuse
Beautiful song and GREAT sung by Elvis!!!!!!
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
This is one of those take it or leave it songs for me. If I'm in the mood I listen. If not I don't. I neither love it or hate it. It's just one of those songs that's there.
Steve V (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
I liked it more in the 50's than I do now, but I still like it. Dont think it has aged as well as some other 50's ballads. The narrative is a bit over the top.
My boy, my boy (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
Elvis's voice is amazing on that one !...His singing brings this simple song to a higher level !
OtisBlue22 (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
I would consider this amazing!! He played it in concert in 1957; what an experience that would have been: the king crooning, gospel undertones, Elvis finally getting to grips with the song he messed around with 4 years earlier.
bluesboy (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
Very dated song. The king sounds like a parody of himself.
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
wonderful song. Great example of the already balladsingers-quality of the young Elvis
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
Great song. Having experienced the loss of a sweetheart, please do not listen to this song. The sentiment of the song is heartbreakingly transmitted. With his voice he could really do that.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
Not amazing, definitely not hit material. I do not think that the song was strong enough for a single. However, I have always like the song, I love the monologue part
JimmyCool (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
I don't know... sometimes I like it, sometimes it's just okay, but it's still a classic, like it or not ;)So I always have to put it on compilations I do for friends and stuff. (I love the false start from Essential Elvis, Vol. 2)
commoneverybody (profilecontact) wrote on Aug 18, 2008report abuse
Borring!!!! Never liked it, and in all those years i think i played it 2 times.
old shep (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 18, 2008report abuse
Another Elvis classic single, this time tucked away on the B side, but what else could you do with All Shook Up on the other side. Fantastic ballad from the king

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